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Hoping some of you kind people might be able to share your experiences of suffering with an IBD, especially during flare ups.
The reason I ask is I've been having lots of problems with my digestive system for the last few years which was put down to IBS, and at points has made me feel very unwell. I recently I had a faecal calprotectin test done and my result was just over 1400 (whatever that means), which apparently is quite high. In light of this result I am due a colonoscopy in just over a weeks time, which will be followed up a small bowel MRI, to start an investigation into the possibility of me having an IBD.
I'm interested in finding out the symptoms IBD sufferers have to go through when their IBD is at it's worst. The reason I'm interested is that for the last few days I have felt worse than I ever have done since becoming ill a few years ago. My symptoms are sharp, sore upper and lower abdominal pain, lots of abdominal churning and gurgling, bloating, nausea, chest pain, pain around my back and especially around my shoulders, finding it hard to draw breath, feeling faint and very lightheaded, diarrhoea with bright red blood (although I only go once a day, never multiple trips to the toilet), feeling flushed in the face, and generally feeling very under the weather.
I'd be very, very grateful if any of you could comment on this, especially if my symptoms do indeed seem indicative of having an IBD, as I'm getting more concerned about my symptoms the longer they go on. I did have a combined endoscopy and colonoscopy 2 years ago, and the only thing found were polyps, which were removed, tested and found to be benign, oh and that I have a very long and mobile sigmoid colon.
Any thoughts, views and comments on this would be greatly appreciated.
Many thanks in advance.
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