Difference between ibs and crohns

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Hi , I keep hearing that drs are dismissing people with symptoms of ibd for ibs. O have elevated calprotectin , severe pain, mouth ulcers and anemia. I have a pillcam in July. Can you have calprotectin level of 400 with IBS? Thankyou . My mum has crohns 

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    Fcp can be raised for a variety of reasons, not only Ibd. 400 is not really very high on the grand scale. And the pillcam, scope and scans are good tests. Have you had these?

    Have you had a retest or stool since?

    There’s also a subgroup or Ibs which does cause mild inflammation , post infectious.

    Fcp is just a marker,not a diagnostic tool. 

    I hope you feel better soon x

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    That does sound similar to IBD, more so than IBS. It’s such a slippery fish to catch so keep pushing & don’t let them palm you off with ibs xx 

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      Thankyou forbyour reply,  I’ve had ibs for years and my calprotectin has always been normal, it went from 30 to 400 in about 3 months, since then I’ve acquired severe pain in my right sided lower quandrant and belly button. 
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    IBS is a condition of the muscles that line the bowel. They don't work properly causing cramps and other issues, but it isn't associated with inflammation. So, you should have a normal Calprotectin test if you have IBS. IBD is an auto immune disease that causes inflammation, so in theory with a flare the level of Calprotectin should be high, but not always. In my case I had a normal level of 45, however after having a scope done, my doctor said I had severe bowel disease. I do have an elevated CRP, it is 24 and it should be less than 5. These tests are not always 100%, so it is good to have more than one to see if something is going on, but if you are at 400 I would say you probably have IBD or some type of infection that is causing your immune system to attack your colon.

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    Hi Chantel 

    i agree with others whove said ir sounds more like IBD - pain in that particular location so very familiar in disease onset. Are you having any other symptoms like weight loss, nausea? Please try not to worry too much about the tests you’ve had thus far the pill cam is excellent at picking up what others miss - I never get raised CRP levels in my bloods and calprotectin which is supposedly so sensitive had been negligible fir me then a pill cam follow up,showed quite active disease! Wishing you all the very best, trust this test it will find it if it’s there 💟

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      Thankyou, I’ve lost a stone in weight but that’s because sometimes I get too scared to eat. I get nausea sometimes in the morning 
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