Where to start! For the last 5 or so months I have been experiencing many annoying and unexplained symptoms.
I have frequent, painful stomach cramps which usually climax and then go away in a minute, irregular bowel movements, usually semi-formed or watery. Occassionally after a bad attack of diarrhea, I will have an unfinished bowel movement sensation followed by a small ammount of bright blood. Another symptom occurring, (which seems to have only appeared recently) is a strange upper stomach fullness- along with a lack of appetite- usually after eating in the morning and sometimes lasting for the entire day.
Have taken 4 blood tests, all showing elevated liver irritation (I don't know what to call the levels, doctors have been very vague) which have been improving. The doctor also noted that one level was elevated, implying mild general illness. All other areas were fine, as were the stool tests. I also went for an abdominal X-ray, which returned perfect.
I don't want to spend another 5 months with these symptoms getting many more pointless blood tests. Any suggestions of what the problem could be and what tests would help to further identify the problem.
Ok.. Glandular fever does have some of the symptoms you explain, but it's not supposed to last with diarrhoea for 5 months, AND it does noe explain the blood. You don't mention feeling fatigue or achy. Have you been?
Glandular fever often starts with a few days of mild symptoms, including headache, and fatigue. The major symptoms then develop, and last seven to twenty one days. The liver can become inflamed and that would explain your high LFT's. You can feel tired for months afterwards. Have you had swollen glands?
If I were you I would demand a colonscopy in any case or change to a doctor who is willing to send you to a GI.
Ok update. I went to another GP today and he suggested that I get tested for all liver diseases (Hep ABC, HIV etc) and if they return negative, he'll write a referral for a GI. He thinks it could be Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's. Just as I suspected all along.
I will inform you all when everything's been sorted!
Okay, another quick update. I did in fact have glandular fever, albeit quite a few months ago so it is irrelevant. LFTs have been fluctuating since September and I will be seeing a GI within the next month.
Thankyou for anyone who may read this. I just had the colonoscopy and gastroscopy done three days ago. The doctor said it was a severe case of Ulcerative Colitis and immediately put me onto 30mg of Prednisolone each day (A corticosteroid) for the next few months. I will be moved onto some other medication after the inflammation has settled.
I'm happy that it has been diagnosed finally and hope that others don't have to deal with their symptoms for so long in the future.
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