Hello everyone, I'm a newbie on the Forum and would really appreciate your feedback I've had IBS for about 10 years and I'm 64. In February this year I saw a Gastroenterologist at my local Hospital. My G.P.had referred me several months previously as my bowels had become very loose. By the time I saw the Consultant they were more or less back to normal but he gave me a thorough examination and asked for two stool samples, one of which showed that my Calprotectin levels were 249.He arranged for a Colonoscopy including biopsies: everything was normal. Next step was a Gastroscopy, and biopsies:again,all was normal, apart form the fact that my already sensitive gut hadn't taken kindly to these procedures, both in the same month.Undaunted,he suggested a Barium follow-through which I postponed 3 times because I had a flu-type virus,had been receiving therapy for depression and felt I couldn't cope with any more examinations for a while. He was not a happy bunny about this and actually contacted me by phone to ask why. We eventually reached a compromise: another stool sample and if the Calprotectin levels were still high I would have the follow- through. They were 206 so I had the Barium follow-through: everything was normal. I had a letter today saying he wants me to have a capsule Endoscopy which will be in a Hospital out of my locality, about an hours drive away.
I'm wondering firstly why he is still pursuing this when the levels are higher than normal but not dramatically high and secondly,what will he do if the Capsule endoscopy is clear?!!
Sorry this is such a long post but it is,indeed, a bit of a saga!