Digestive Disorders / Gastroenterology Expert Forum
Symptoms; Metallic taste in mouth; metallic/sulphurous odour of stool
About This Forum:

This is a place to ask questions about digestive problems and receive a personal answer from a highly qualified doctor. You will also find support from other members who share your interest in digestive disorders. Digestive Disorders include: Anal and Rectal problems, Barrett’s Esophagus, Bleeding in the Stomach and Digestive Tract, Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, Gastritis, GERD, Heartburn, Proctitis, Short Bowel Syndrome, Ulcers, Whipple’s Disease, Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome (and many more).

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

Symptoms; Metallic taste in mouth; metallic/sulphurous odour of stool

Background:~ My current GP thinks I have IBS, I am booked for an endoscopy this July with the NHS of GB. I have had several blood tests for tropical disease/bacteria proved negative.

I have had gastric problems for 5 year or more now, no pattern.  I suffer with sever bloating every few weeks; diarrhoea frequently (3x a week approx.); occasional bleeding (v. red, 1 period a month, over 2 to 3 days); occasionally I feel nauseous and am sick - during this I feel exhausted.  Also something else I think maybe connected I have a metallic taste in mouth and a metallic/sulphurous odour to my stool, not necessarily at the same time.  Any ideas what could be causing these signs/symptoms?

  
Related Discussions
233190_tn?1278553401
First things that come to mind is GERD, which can cause taste changes.  Other possibilities would be inflammation of the upper digestive tract as well as an ulcer.  Diarrhea can certainly be caused by IBS, but also consider malabsorption as well as inflammatory bowel disease.  

The evaluate the upper digestive tract, the endoscopy is the reasonable next step - this is the most comprehensive test.  If negative, I would consider an ultrasound to evaluate the liver and gallbladder.  I would also consider a blood test for H Pylori - a bacteria associated with ulcers and inflammation (this may have already been done).

A lower endoscopy - either flexible sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy - can be considered to evaluate the diarrhea.  Malabsorption can be evaluated via a fecal fat test or blood tests for celiac disease.  If all the tests are negative, then IBS can certainly be considered and treatment be optimized.  

Followup with your personal physician is essential.

This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.

Kevin, M.D.
Medical Weblog:
kevinmd_b
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
351246_tn?1379685732
Dr. Kokil MathurBlank
Consultant
,
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
The 3 Essentials to Ending Emotiona...
Sep 18 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Control Emotional Eating with this ...
Sep 04 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating Control: How to St...
Aug 28 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank