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Well, after 10 years I've finally made my GP refer me to a specialist. The discussion got quite heated, but I was adamant I was not going to be fobbed off yet again.He has referred me to a GI specialist at the hospital. (I'm in the UK)What can I expect to happen there? I'm very nervous about the tests, but I don't want to go on like this.I don't have any const/diah, just an awful feeling after eating any amount of food and extreme tiredness. Plus, my eyes are still burning.I also have blood on the toilet paper, but I'm worried about telling the GI specisalist this.
 

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If you will not tell the GI doctor your symptoms nor let him do any tests there isn't much they will be able to do to help you.Write down all your symptoms ahead of time and bring the sheet with you. If you can't say anything (or chicken out) at least hand them the paper.What tests you need will depend on your symptoms and probably what they find on a few less scary tests like a blood draw, etc.
 

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For a start,well done to you for not being fobbed off.I do agree with Kathleen that you should right down what you want to ask the Specialist about and the symptoms you are having.Do tell the specialist about all of your symptoms,dont leave anything out.It is understandable you feeling nervous,probably most of us have been at one time or another.It usually depends on your symptoms what the specialist will do on your first appointment,(i live in the UK also).Bloods as Kathleen said is a possibility,maybe have a feel at your tummy and abdomen,try and not worry to much about it although i know thats not easy.Hope you get an appointment soon.
 

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Hi! Yeah I agree with Kathleen and Diana, tell the specialist all of your symptoms, no matter how embarrassing it may be- just think, they've heard it all before so it's nothing new! They won't do any invasive test at your first appointment- just take blood, weight you and check your abdomen etc. So try not to worry about it. They may book you in for an invasive test after listening to your symptoms and you'll usually go back every 2 months until they figure out what's wrong with you or until they've ruled out everything else. Good luck and don't worry! Definitely tell the consultant about the blood though- they're there to help!
 
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