This is going to be a bit long winded I'm afraid, but hopefully someone can help me.
My son is 20 years old and has been having problems with IBS type symptoms since he was 17. He is in his first year at Uni, having started 18 months ago only to have to defer his place due to his severe symptoms during the first term in 2015.
We first visited the GP when he was at home, and studying for his A levels, and the symptoms were put down to exam nerves and he was given buscopan and colpermine, they didn't clear up so we saw a consultant, eventually, who put his symptoms down to a reaction to food poisoning some months previously and said they could last up to 18 months.
He went off to university (200 miles away) and things got progressively worse he eventually was able to defer his place on medical grounds and he came home. He was referred for more blood tests, stool tests etc when back at home but each time they came back as normal. In addition he was prescribe anti- depressants. He seemed much bettered and returned to Uni last September.
His symptoms returned, and he now tells me that they never really went away, he has been to see his uni doctor who appears to be much more 'on the ball' as it now appears that his blood tests in the past and again more recently have revealed markers for coeliac disease. He is being referred for more tests which I presume will be vitamin deficiency tests, SIBO and possibly an endoscopy with a biopsy.
I am hoping that someone here can list everything he should ask for by way of tests as I do not want to have him fobbed off any longer , I am furious that his test results were ignored previously and that he has had to suffer and be told that anxiety and depression were the cause of all his symptoms when clearly they were not.
I should add that he does not drink alcohol as I know beer can aggravate IBS/ Coeliac conditions.
As his mum it has been awful not being able to help when he has been so far away and it makes me want to weep for him that his experience of leaving home has been so negative.
I apologise for the length of this post, but please help if you can.