IBS or Crohns (and a sore jacksy)

I have suffered 20 years with what the Drs always told me is IBS. Since Christmas it has gotten worse. Cramps and bowel movements after practically every meal, mucus in stools and occasionally bright red blood.And now worse than all that I have a couple of fissures which have got to cause the worst pain I've ever known.

Dr booked me in to see colon specialist at the hospital last Thursday who had a look and told me that one of the fissures may heal with cream but the other one is too far gone and will involve surgery.

He said that it won't be worth operating on it until we've got to the bottom (no pun intended) of what's causing all the stomach trouble which makes perfect sense. So now he's booking me in for an endoscopy which he has warned me in advance will be no walk in the park due to having to squeeze the camera past the problem areas. He has also said that my symptoms seem to match those of Crohn's disease.

I've just got to wait for my appointment to come through the post now.

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  • Only consolation is at least something is going to be done to put you on the mend again. Ask what they recomend for pain relief or anethesia etc when you have the endoscopy done because of the 'problem areas'.

    I had one done recently, and yes it was uncomfortable but at least i found out why i was having all my tummy/ bowel problems, turns out i am a full blown ceoliac. Damage done but at least now i can try to repair that.

    At least knowing what the real problem is, what has caused you so much pain and discomfort, you can get help to fix it.

    Good luck

  • Good - an endoscopy is the only way to know what is going on inside your gut

    Yes it will be uncomfortable but you will be given a certain amount of medication to relax you

    Make sure that you take the 'clearing out' medication properlythat they give you otherwise the docs won't be able to see

  • Thankyou for your replies. I definitely agree that the pain will be worth finding out what's causing all the problems.

    I'll update with what I find out.

  • I was diagnosed with DYBOSIS WHICH IS FOOD FERMENTATION THAT BECOMES INFECTED, 6 weeks antibiotics which are designed for the gut only the 2 weeks 500 billion(yes that's right) probiotic, both only thru a hospital.

  • I had my colonoscopy yesterday which went well and had no signs of inflammation or anything else wrong. They took 10 biopsies which I have to wait a few weeks for the results for.

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