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My only symptoms have been dark red blood mixed in with stools and blood tests reveal low iron. I have thus been referred for (2 week fast track) colonoscopy and they found nothing. I have had about 5 blood tests checking for iron dificiency, H pylori infection, celiac disease, kidney and abdominal scan - all revealing nothing abnormal.
The bleeding has been consistent with every bowel movement for 8 months.
What is the most effective way of requesting a capsule endoscopy, because I am beginning to feel like a lab-rat. I have refused the upper GI endoscopy because it is invasive and I have no upper GI related symptoms.
With the British NHS system, you have no opportunity to discuss the follow up reccommendation with the consultant after a colonoscopy, only the nurse who could not answer my queries.
My GP fails to follow up any of my blood or biopsy tests without my repeated prompting and I get no specialist advice about diagnosis or next steps.
I'm now in limbo with the same symptoms trying to be referred for a capsule biopsy.
Has anyone got any advice on how this test can be obtained - ie how and when will a Consultant offer it, and on what grounds?
Specifically under the British NHS
I await a decision from one of the chain of consultants involved in my care/convoluted referral process. I'd like to prepare with any patient insight anyone can offer me.
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