After years of problems with digestive issues and weight loss of between 2 and 3 stones,my GP referred me to hospital. The consultant did not examine me but looked at previous test results and is confident I am not Coeliac as I can eat bread and that test was clear. He feels it is most likely severe IBS but has suggested an endoscopy and colonoscopy. If they are clear he proposes low dose anti depressant and a referral to a dietician. I am less than keen on the proposed tests. I realise that if I avoid some foods I can cope with antispasmodics and also that stress is a significant trigger. Sadly my family life means stress is unavoidable.
I am very tempted to cancel the tests and ask to try the low dose anti depressant route first. I think the fact that I can have weeks with no issues suggests it is IBS rather than anything sinister. Would my GP be able to try this or do have to stick with what the consultant advised? I admit I am being a little cowardly here, but genuinely am not convinced it's worth the stress of the tests!!