Posted 02 February 2013 - 04:24 PM
Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum but have come across it often in search of help regarding my IBS questions.
I'm an 18 year old male who has recently moved to university. Within about 2-3months of moving in (September), I began showing symptoms of IBS: I have IBS-C which alternated with IBS-D; I have abdominal pains in my descending intestine (left side); have an increased urgency to pass wind and never feel 'empty'.
I've tried Colofac, but it proved to be of little help, so last week I went to the doctor who prescribed mebeverine and ordered some blood test to be done next week. These tests include:
- U & E + Calcium;
- Full-blood count;
- Coeliac Screen.
I was just wondering if this is normal practice? The doctor doesn't seem worried, but I'm nervous it's something more serious.
Can anyone please just help me put my mind at ease?
Posted 02 February 2013 - 06:11 PM
That seems like a pretty standard set of tests to run just to make sure it is "just" IBS. Most of the other things that have IBS symptoms as one part of their symptoms (most other things have more symptoms than IBS) will twig one or another of those tests.
This looks like an abundance of caution kind of testing, as well as some general routine health screening things in there. Pretty normal types of tests to do to ensure that since the only symptoms you mentioned or noticeds are IBS symptoms that it is just IBS.
They can go on just symptoms alone with no tests at all, but usually docs like to peak at some objective data that backs up that other than some IBS symptoms are you are OK.
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