ibs or chrons?.. need Advice!

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Long story short, I have all the symptoms for chrons disease but my gp insists I only have IBS. The IBS medication he gives me never works and now my symptoms seem to be getting worse, losing about 1-2 pounds a day, lost about 11 pounds in a week! Constantly having diarrhea even if I haven't ate and hardly any appetite and always feeling tired even if I have just woke up from a sleep. The abdominal pain is ridiculously sore as well, booked another appointment to see him but would like to know what people thought and if there is any significant differences with IBS and chrons. Really feel I'm going round in circles and can't get straight answers! I'm only 19 and its taking a massive affect on my life everyday.

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    Hi,

    It's alot for you to deal with I'm sure. I can't say for certain which of the two it is but the differnce between them is IBS does not cause inflammation and damage like Chrones does. There are a variety of tests they can do to help with a dx.I really hope that you feel better soon and good luck @ your appt. and hopefully with some answers.

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    This is the problem I had. I had to keep on at my GP to refer me. When he eventually did, the consultant started my tests with a stool sample to check for inflammation to see whether it was IBS or IBD. Mine came back higher than expected for an IBS patient so now I'm being investigated fully. I've been having tests for 6mths and they still haven't found the inflammation but are still trying at least! Good luck
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    One thing that can be real indicator of Crohn's activity is having diarrhoea through the night. It is very unusual to need to pooh in the night!! Also if you're poohing 5+ times a day.

    But IBS is always the GPs first line of enquiry. However, if the meds haven't worked your GP should be referring you by now to let the Specialists investigate.

    Crohn's is notoriously difficult to diagnose even now and it can take a long time so stay strong and get as much help and support as you can. Wishing you the very best and hoping you get some answers soon

    Hannah

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