Borderline stool sample results, help?!

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For a long time I have been experiencing what I thought was IBS symptoms (bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhoea, horrible abdominal pain especially in my lower left side and made worse by coughing or sitting down, mucus and blood in my stools, burping ect) recently it all got worse so I went to my GP who said to do a stool sample.

I got the results yesterday which showed some inflammation and higher levels of whatever they where looking for (they called my results borderline) they have referred me to a gastroenterologist and have asked me to repeat the stool sample in 4-6 weeks time.

They are concerned about IBD and colitis, does it sound like that? Does anyone have either of these and how was you diagnosed and what were your symptoms?

Thank you 😊

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    If you have higher levels of inflammation in your fecal calprotectin test plus blood, this is a possible sign of IBD.  If your repeat test shows high inflammation again, they may send you for a colonoscopy.  If you have IBD, the colonoscopy will confirm it.

    I have IBS and my fecal calprotectin was negative.

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      Thank you smile

      I have already been referred to a gastroenterologist but my appointment isn't for another 3 months! Hopefully the pain doesn't get any worse x

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      If the pain gets worse or you are worried, you could always ask for the appointment to be put forward.
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      Hi Lau. if you have change of bowel movements with blood, you should be seen by gastroenterology within 2wks under the 2wk rule. i would see your gp again & get him/her to perhaps ring the gastro dept while you are there to get this appointment moved forward under the 2wk rule.

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    I did the stool test in september and have received an appointment with the consultant for next week. I am slightly worried as the app has been made quickly, however I have seen this consultant before so maybe dont have to go to the back of the queue so to speak!

    I have been suffering from upper left pain for 18 months with fatigue, occasional nausea, occasional lightheadedness, some mucous in stools and unformed stools.

    I want an answer but am terrifed thats its something awful!

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    Hi just Wondering how did you get on? Did you find out what was wrong? I've been referred to a GI specialist but now my doctor wants to see me because my stool sample is positive. I'm quite worried uno thanks

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    Anyone worried about a change in bowel habits should definitely push on for the appropriate tests. Don't want to scare anyone but I've just been diagnosed with a carcinoid tumour of the small intestine and it was the shock of my life. I thought I was going to be IBS or similar. Mine is very rare though apparently so highly unlike to happen to people but still definitely worth checking out! I started with stomach problems after having my gallbladder out and we all just thought it would be linked to that. Also suffered with acid and heartburn probs for years so they sent me for camera test which revealed this small cancer. I also had elevated fecal levels which was one of the reasons I was referred. My colonoscopy was fine apparently it was the camera down that revealed the problem. I was fobbed off for years because of my age so anyone worried I'd definitely say to keep on at the GP!!

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