I would consider a colonoscopy at this point. This can evaluate for potential colitis or inflammatory bowel disease.
Sending the stool off for culture and analysis should be done if not already. This can evaluate for malabsorption, and blood tests done to look for celiac disease.
It is uncommon for Blastocystis to lead to these symptoms. If so, the Flagyl should have taken care of it.
These options can be discussed with a GI physician.
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Thanks for the info....Years ago I had an endroscopy and had a very bad reaction to the sedative so I am absolutely petrified of having this same medication for a colonoscopy...had serious blood pressure drop and intense vomiting....also with my nerves completely on edge I don't think I would make it through the clean out process. Are there alternative tests I could do? Thanks, Cheryl62
My husband has been hurting fi=or over 6 months the doctors here has checked his heart they said he has a inlarged heart an blockage in the veins coming from the head not going to the brain, he has not had a bowel movement for in 8 days now they said he is full of poop. half way of his chest, what can we get too clean him out,
unfortunately, my experience has been that Dr. Pho does not answer supplemental questions. You could try posting on the Gastroenterology Community forum and see if anyone can offer advice.
A non invasive test for inflammation in the GI tract is a Calprotectin Stool Assay test, which if out of range (norm is around 20, mine can be as high as 40 when I have a flare of my Crohn's) can detect inflammation somewhere, but not specifically, in the GI tract. It is cheap and easy to do and only requires a stool sample. If out of range, the doctor can then order invasive tests, such as endoscopy and/or colonoscopy. If you do need a colonoscopy, you could go on a liquid diet for 3 days before the procedure to ensure your bowel is clean of faeces. I have done this a couple of times in the past when my anus was so sore, the mere thought of the dreadful prep med made me shake.
Liz (Crohn's Community Leader).