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Hello! 32 year old lady here. I have had various abdominal problems for most of my life, mostly chronic constipation and a small appetite (feel full/gross really fast). Diagnosed with IBS. In the past few years, I've had episodes of bleeding (it once lasted a month with a lot of blood; that was back in 2012.) Last year, I had a long episode of lower left pain, with blood in my urine. A catscan revealed nothing wrong. It eventually went away (aside from the occasional brief episode.)
Most recently (last November), I started having a burning pain in the middle of my stomach and upper stomach. It was CONSTANT. Not horrific, but distracting and draining. When my stomach growled in hunger, it would also spasm. (That symptom only lasted about a week.) I went on the FODMAP diet and started to feel better, but I still have episodes of the burning. The doctor thinks it might be an ulcer, though I did test negative for the H. pylori, and all of my blood work looked good.
Also around this time, I started to have rectal bleeding. I have had some rectal pain, but the bleeding and the pain don't always occur at the same time. My doctor examined me and didn't see any fissures or hemorrhoids, though it had been a week at that point since my last bleeding. I have bled since, and last week in particular, it really hurt. I suspect a hemorrhoid has since appeared. I don't know if the bleeding was a hemorrhoid all along that came and went before I saw the doctor, and has since reappeared. But my doctor was concerned enough to refer me to a gastroenterologist for the first time in my life. They recommended both a colonoscopy and endoscopy.
The day after this, I got the calprotectin test result, and my level was a 54. Not very high at all. Thus, no real inflammation in my guts? I don't even know any more, you guys. For years, I've wanted to be taken seriously by doctors and have tests done. I've flat out asked for a colonoscopy more than once, and been told no. Now I am scheduled to have one, but it's two months from now. (That was the earliest appointment.)
I guess my question is: are these symptoms time sensitive? If you don't "go in" when you are in the middle of an episode, will it even be an accurate test? And if all the other tests show that I am not inflamed, what will a colonoscopy potentially reveal that the other tests could not? Am I going to subject myself to such torture to find out it was just a hemorrhoid? What have been your experiences?
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