Hello there everyone!
I'm gonna apologize beforehand about the TMI that I am about to share. I'm really worried that I have an Inflammatory Bowel Disease like UC, Crohn's or another kind of gastro disorder Diverticulosis or Peptic Ulcers (and of course the even worse possibilities). My HA has gotten out of control in the last month. I know that anxiety can cause some of the symptoms that I am experiencing, but I have never had an IBS diagnosis, so it is very hard for me to believe that it is just anxiety. I've had loose stools for the last 2 weeks, with full-on diarrhea about 1/3 of that time. The last few days it has switched on me, to constipation. There is pain at different parts of my abdomen, both around stomach and intestines. The pain isn't so bad that I am doubling over or anything, just uncomfortable, and somewhat sharp at times. I have been burping a lot more than usual (gas?). There is a feeling like I haven't completely like I haven't fully emptied my bowels. I also have mucus in my stool all the time; this has been going on for awhile though. Now I don't think that there is blood in my stool, it's not black or anything, but I don't know if there is occult blood or anything like that. I have an appointment with my GP tomorrow, and he'll most likely send me home with an occult blood test. I do see blood (bright red) on the toilet paper sometimes, but I do get hemmorhoids frequently. I don't have a fever or anything, and I had a CBC a month ago. I've read that IBD can be detected that way? I had similar problems about 2 years ago (different doc), and had it written off as anxiety, the only test being a fecal occult blood test. I opted not to have a colonoscopy because my doctor said he only offered it to ease my mind (regretting that now!). Hopefully he refers me to a GI doc, but I am going to do my best to let him make those decisions, as I don't want to alienate him with the hypochondria stuff (although he is fairly understanding). Does this sound like IBS? Or IBD? Anybody here with an IBD that can chime in? Any reassurance would be appreciated though, this kind of stuff just sends my HA into overdrive.