Bowel Troubles

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I'm not really sure where to start this... I'm 31 year old chap, in fair health except for my bowels.

To cut a long story short since visiting Bali in 2005 my bowels haven't been the same, got a case of 'Bali belly' as they lovingly call it, which lead to haemorrhoids. Had it treated in Australia (as that was the next stop in my gap year travels).

Since then I've had repeated trips to the docs which they've always said was haemorrhoids - cue lotions etc. and a referral where I was told I was wasting his time.

It's got gradually worse (2 years ago the symptoms ramped up massively) and is almost at the point of unbearable at times.

Been to the docs and was tested for IBD, crohns etc which are all thankfully negative (except one which is still waiting on a doc look over)

So leads me to question what the fluff is going on? Hope my doc will refer me to hospital.

My symptoms are;

Regular fresh blood in poo.

Uncomfortable feeling on bum (itch and wet feel no matter how much I try to keep it clean, often some poo there too, can be after a fart but doesn't have to be) - *sorry for being revolting*

Gas pretty regularly.

Stomach cramps now and again, more than I remember from before.

Caught short, when I have to go it has to be then.

Regular diahorrea and sloppy greasy poo, it has been a mustardy brown colour

Has anyone had this, hopefully someone can shed some light please?

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    If the dr hasnt already refered you to the hospital then I would change your gp asap! Tell your gp you want a second opinion, it's awful your having to go through all those symptoms! Any sign of blood isn't good and is a big red flag normally, just on those basis I wouldn't wait for anything else from gp except a letter to hospital to appropiate department. I hope your problem is sorted soon
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    Agree with Alex entirely.  Ask for a referral to a Gastroenterologist....they will know what your symptoms are indicating....and test appropriately.  You may already have been tested for Coeliac disease (which can be triggered by a viral infection) but if not it is another possibility...(see Coeliac Org UK website for more details) any event, you should be checked out further, referred on and not fobbed off!
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    As a patient do we have a right to a second opinion with things like this, I've always just gone along with the docs opinion? I only ask, as (Naively, I know) I have no idea.

    I have wondered about coeliac disease, that would be one heck of a lifestyle change and expense change if it is that.

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    Hi! Those are serious symptoms and I'm no expert but I can say that they very much remind me of the symptoms I had with my haemorrhoids. I agree that you should go to a specialist. You said you had them treated but they can come back! I had them for many years and thought I had finally gotten rid of them when I got an infection and had to eat different which influenced my digestion and bowel movements and caused the haemorrhoids to return. So in the end I had them removed with thd, hoping that they are not coming back. Anyway with your history I would think it's your old problem but have it checked!
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      Had a follow up after a ream of tests, doc said all tests clear so no infection. Been referred for a camera crew up there to see if there's anything else due to blood presence. She seems to think its a severe case of IBS.
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