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Strange question, but in the eternal search for trying to find connections with other IBS patients, I thought about blood work. I am sure there are other doctors who have gone down this avenue already, but may I ask...are your stats completely in the normal range?For example, for the last few years, my red blood count has been out of range on the high end, and my white blood count out of range on the low end. I have no viruses whatsoever--have had my sedimentary rate checked at least four times in the last year (especially when I am sick) and it is normal. So I know that I do not have an auto-immune disorder. However, perhaps this has something to do with IBS? Or perhaps not and I am grasping at straws because I am sick of grasping toilet paper. Perhaps....Anyone else care to divulge?
 

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IBS is often not really IBS. With diarrhea, testing should be considered for parasites(spend any time in Mexico? Eat raw fish? Even in the US, sometimes water is contaminated with giardia and such.)Were you tested to rule out celiac disease (www.celiac.com) food sensitivities (www.nowleap.com) or fructose intolerance (http://www.uihc.uiowa.edu/FRUCTOSE/index.htm)or lactose intolerance?If not, find another doctor. . . or educate your current one.Just my two cents.
 

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As far as blood work for me...my RBC is on the higher end of the scale, but not over and my WBC is bang on average. BUT..I have always had a high platelet count...the normal range is about 150-400 and I'm always around 450. I don't think blood work has any correlation w/ IBS...but I agree that it would be nice to get more answers about this annoying syndrome.Best of luck!
 

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yup! my white blood count has been consistently low for the last few years (pretty much the length of time that i've had ibs symptoms!)...i've gone to specialists who all say--yeah, it's low, but not low enough to do anything about it...
as a result though, i have problems with energy--so tired so easily...
 

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quote:IBS is often not really IBS.
Huh?
quote:With diarrhea, testing should be considered for parasites(spend any time in Mexico? Eat raw fish? Even in the US, sometimes water is contaminated with giardia and such
It's supposed to be standard practice to rule these out before diagnosing someone with IBS.Anyway, IBS has nothing to do with abnormal blood work of any kind.
 

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When you test the standard IBS patient the blood work is typically totally normal.Many things that show up in blood work (like thyroid function) can cause GI symptoms, so usually part of making an IBS diagnosis is checking the blood work.A couple of thoughts.Do you snore? When I had a sleep disorder my RBC typically ran borderline high because of lack of oxygen when I slept. The physiological stress of a sleep disorder can make other conditions (like IBS ) worse than they otherwise would be.How high is high? At some point they need to remove blood from you because if it is high enough it can cause damage (I'll check if any of this shows up as GI symptoms). My too high was never that sort of high. But both conditions can be hard on the body and be risky to leave untreated.hemochromatosis is what it is called http://www.healthnewsflash.com/conditions/...chromatosis.php has some info.It can cause abdominal pain. Typically shows up in men ages 30-50.K.
 
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