Acid reflux/indigestion/heartburn... and irregular bowel movements... HELP!

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I've been having promblems with heart burn and indigestion for a couple of months now, and for a while problems with my bowel movements have flared up. My BMs are soft, foul smelling, more frequent and sometimes have visible mucus. I don't know what to do, I'm really worried there's something wrong with my bowels. Or if my bowels have been acting up because I've been on and off meds for acid.

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    Suggest going to your GP and seeking a colonescopy.  If you are over 50 you should be able to have this as a matter of urgent course (given that your symptoms have persisted for over six weeks.)  That would allow you to have it done within a two week time frame.  I had one done just over a week ago - and although everything appeared fine - they took mulitple biopsies as the doctor suspected that I might have microscopic colitis.  Awaiting those results.  My symptoms were very much in order with yours.  In any case, good luck, louise65183.  
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      I'm only 22. I'm getting really worried. I tried to explain the symptoms to my doctor last week but he just gave me meds for the indigestion/acid reflux sad
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    That is a tricky situation, Louise.  I do feel for you.  So difficult to know how to stear within the system.  I'm sure others here will have good advice for you.  All best wishes. 
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    Hi Louise, I know that IBS can cause excess mucous and stool changes. I don't think you should worry too much. If it persists then you have to have a talk with your gp and ask to be referred for a colonoscopy - just for your own peace of mind if nothing else. 

    As for acid meds, when I first started mine I had terrible trouble - very similar to yours. 

    As I said , try not to worry too much but done persistent if you are not happy. smile 

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    putting aside the issue of whether the meds did anything, one thing to look into at your age would be inflammatoyr bowel disorders- like Chrons or colitis. There's a blood test for a "chron's panel". there's also non-invasive testing of stools for a substance that begins with a C (i forget its name) that is present in inflammatory bowel disorders.

    other thing to check is pancreatic functioning (again NON invasively) - stool sample for elastace or blood tests I think, and the usual- make suer you don't have H-Pylori (simple stool or blood test), stool test for ova and parasites. and of course who knows what the meds do. i find alot of folk (myself included) have both upper and lower GI symtpoms and its hard to know what'/s primary and what's secondary- docs seem much more reluctant to admit they go together and seem to want to treat each sepeartely.

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    Hello Louise, I have been having the same symptoms as you and I too have been very worried. I am curious as to what your diagnosis was? I am also 22. My doctor referred me to a gastroenterologist, but my appointment is not until May.
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      I'm having the same issues as you and I'm 28. I go to my doctor but she gives me no real concrete answers nor does she look concerned about my issue but I've had it for 1 year and more and more symptoms keep arising. I Google my symptoms and this forum showed up. I was curious did you find out what you have?

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