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Colonoscopy query

Hi all,

I was diagnosed with IBS many years ago and then recently was diagnosed with Cealiac after an endoscopy.

I have continued to have intermittent symptoms (diarrhoea) since cutting out all gluten. My Gastro Dr recommended I have a follow up endoscopy and colonoscopy to check for IBD. My Dad had UC which was later diagnosed as Chrohns.

Since he booked me in I haven’t had any loose stools. My query is if you have a colonoscopy when you are not experiencing an IBD flare, will it still be picked up?

Thanks in advance.

My query

  1. Hello there @en0u1209, we appreciate you reaching out to our community! Sorry to hear that you've been experiencing these symptoms and going through this diagnosis journey- we know how exhausting that can be. We're glad that your doctors are working with you to help figure out what's going on, and that they're encouraging further testing. A colonoscopy and endoscopy will show inflammation inside the digestive tract, and assess its location and severity- so you don't necessarily need to be having a huge flare for it to show the inflammation. IBD can be challenging to diagnose because there isn't one specific diagnostic test that can be used for everyone, so it's important to have a doctor that will continue advocating for you and listen to all of your symptoms. Please feel free to keep us updated on how the procedures go! Best, Ashley (Team Member)

    1. Hi @en0u1209.

      To be honest, it's not that common for IBD to stop flaring on its own - without treatment intervention, so it may be that it's just calmer at the moment but will be picked up if biopsied and looked at under a microscope. Also, Crohn's can also cause constipation, so not hvaing loose stools does not neccesarilty indicate a flare has gone.

      IBD can be so difficult to diagnose, and to treat sometimes, so do stick with persuing tests if nothing comes of the colonoscopy and you still experience symptoms.

      Best of luck!

      - Sahara (team member)

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