Hey everyone. I’m new to this group. I’ve been having what seemed like flare-ups of symptoms that started 3 years ago and I’ve always muscled through them because I’m not one to go to the doctor. My symptoms were like this: lower left and upper right abdominal pain, increased urge to go to the bathroom with no stool or very little, constant nausea that kept me up all night for weeks, weight loss (BMI of 14.2). This happened to me twice a year but I always shoved it aside and told myself it’s just a stomach bug and it’ll pass. Usually it did pass within 2-3 weeks. Well this year I landed in the hospital because I couldn’t even drink a glass of water anymore, that’s how bad my nausea was. Ultrasound was clean, basic blood work showed nothing but profound dehydration and I was sent home with nothing but a couple prescriptions for nausea and heartburn. ER doc recommended I see a gastroenterologist.
Fast forward to a few weeks later, I’m still having symptoms but I saw a gastroenterologist who said it could be IBS. I didn’t know anything much about IBS, let alone IBD. Now that I looked up IBD, I realized it perfectly describes me. I am surprised that my doctor didn’t even mention it. He did send me to the lab for a stool test called fecal calprotectin, which I looked up and is supposed to test for IBD.
Does anyone here have IBS and IBD? What is your experience? Is it true that I might just be scaring myself by looking up IBD, when all I could have is IBS?