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For about a year I've had a mix of constipation and diarrhea every single day more or less, and extremely high levels of flscutence. When I went to the doctor, they said it was just IBS, their tests found nothing. There's a history of colitis and bowel cancer in the family. Whatever I have it is seriously impacting my life and my constant toilet issues partly contributed to me losing my job. What can I do? It seems IBS is just a catch all term for any stomach issue so the doctors don't have to send you off for proper diagnostics etc
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(Original post by Ferrograd)
For about a year I've had a mix of constipation and diarrhea every single day more or less, and extremely high levels of flscutence. When I went to the doctor, they said it was just IBS, their tests found nothing. There's a history of colitis and bowel cancer in the family. Whatever I have it is seriously impacting my life and my constant toilet issues partly contributed to me losing my job. What can I do? It seems IBS is just a catch all term for any stomach issue so the doctors don't have to send you off for proper diagnostics etc
IBS is common, you can read more here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/irrita...-syndrome-ibs/

If you are concerned about your symptoms speak to your GP and if they think advice and guidance from Gastro will be helpful they will do so.
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Very difficult to say without knowing more.
Could be IBS exacerbated by a food intolerance or a yeast infection.
Might also be an undiagnosed gastrointestinal disorder or fungal infection that severely undermines gut health and sometimes even wider digestive health.
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(Original post by Ferrograd)
For about a year I've had a mix of constipation and diarrhea every single day more or less, and extremely high levels of flscutence. When I went to the doctor, they said it was just IBS, their tests found nothing. There's a history of colitis and bowel cancer in the family. Whatever I have it is seriously impacting my life and my constant toilet issues partly contributed to me losing my job. What can I do? It seems IBS is just a catch all term for any stomach issue so the doctors don't have to send you off for proper diagnostics etc
Sometimes doctors and specialist's tend to make a decision on medical issues when they can't get to the bottom of what is wrong with you. Trust me they are not just using IBS so that they don't have to send you for further tests etc, they must have decided between them what they think you have, as obviously they must have done numerous tests on you without any satisfactory answers from the results of those tests.

They must have decided that what you have wrong is probably down to similar symptoms related to IBS due to the diarrhea and constipation you been having.

Certain foods can cause this and also if you have been taking any medication recently ( diarrhea and constipation) . Have you tried to Eliminate what foods might be causing this problem for you just incase it is that....!!!

You could perhaps make a appointment with your GP and try to explain what you think it may be and ask whether or not it's worth sending you back to see someone else at the hospital regarding this problem you not happy about.

(Symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. These may come and go over time.
The main symptoms of IBS are:
stomach pain or cramps – usually worse after eating and better after doing a poo
bloating – your tummy may feel uncomfortably full and swollen
diarrhoea – you may have watery poo and sometimes need to poo suddenly
constipation – you may strain when pooing and feel like you cannot empty your bowels fully
There may be days when your symptoms are better and days when they're worse (flare-ups). They may be triggered by food or drink. ))


A NHS registered nurse.
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Actually IBS can be diagnosed positively, it is not just a diagnosis of exclusion.
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Actually IBS can be diagnosed positively, it is not just a diagnosis of exclusion.
Maybe tell the NHS how that is done, then!

"Tests for IBS

There's no test for IBS, but you might need some tests to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms."

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/irrita...ing-diagnosed/
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Actually IBS can be diagnosed positively, it is not just a diagnosis of exclusion.
Syndromes typically can't be directly diagnosed as they are often of indeterminate cause other than the affected part of the body just simply not functioning as it should due to genetic factors. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is diagnosed as per the norm for syndromes - by ruling out other quantifiable "diseases" and diagnosing based on symptoms.
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(Original post by Ferrograd)
For about a year I've had a mix of constipation and diarrhea every single day more or less, and extremely high levels of flscutence. When I went to the doctor, they said it was just IBS, their tests found nothing. There's a history of colitis and bowel cancer in the family. Whatever I have it is seriously impacting my life and my constant toilet issues partly contributed to me losing my job. What can I do? It seems IBS is just a catch all term for any stomach issue so the doctors don't have to send you off for proper diagnostics etc
What tests are done to diagnose IBS...

There's no test for IBS, but you might need some tests to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms. The GP may arrange: a blood test to check for problems like coeliac disease. tests on a sample of your poo to check for infections and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)


www.nhs.uk
https://www.nhs.uk › conditions
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) - Getting diagnosed - NHS
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Maybe tell the NHS how that is done, then!

"Tests for IBS

There's no test for IBS, but you might need some tests to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms."

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/irrita...ing-diagnosed/
Yeah that would be the best thing that OP in post #6 could do.
Explain to those who works in the NHS how they can do that.
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Maybe tell the NHS how that is done, then!

"Tests for IBS

There's no test for IBS, but you might need some tests to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms."

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/irrita...ing-diagnosed/
My original point was that you can normally make a confident diagnosis of IBS without any invasive investigations. Sure, I will also send off some bloods to rule out coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. This is reflected in the NICE guidance.

OP was suggesting that IBS is a diagnosis for all stomach issues to avoid further tests, which is not true.

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg6...ecommendations
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My original point was that you can normally make a confident diagnosis of IBS without any invasive investigations. Sure, I will also send off some bloods to rule out coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. This is reflected in the NICE guidance.

OP was suggesting that IBS is a diagnosis for all stomach issues to avoid further tests, which is not true.

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg6...ecommendations
I think that the person in post #5 explained some points about IBS and I would probably intend to agree with them about it.

The GP and any hospital specialists have to be sure that what they said are the correct ones after ruling out everything else with the tests etc they have done on the OP in post #1.
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Syndromes typically can't be directly diagnosed as they are often of indeterminate cause other than the affected part of the body just simply not functioning as it should due to genetic factors. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is diagnosed as per the norm for syndromes - by ruling out other quantifiable "diseases" and diagnosing based on symptoms.
A syndrome is simply a constellation of symptoms. You’re right that there is no way to definitely diagnose IBS. Based on the history and examination alone, we can be quite confident about a diagnosis of IBS, but we may do a few simple blood tests to rule out things like coeliac and IBD.
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I think that the person in post #5 explained some points about IBS and I would probably intend to agree with them about it.

The GP and any hospital specialists have to be sure that what they said are the correct ones after ruling out everything else with the tests etc they have done on the OP in post #1.
They've supposedly ruled out all of those things. However someone I worked with told me that when they went to the doctors presenting similar issues, they were told everything was fine and when they saw a copy of their results, it was told something ewd wrong , so I don't really trust the NHS doctors. It just seems strange for me to suddenly have IBS
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They've supposedly ruled out all of those things. However someone I worked with told me that when they went to the doctors presenting similar issues, they were told everything was fine and when they saw a copy of their results, it was told something ewd wrong , so I don't really trust the NHS doctors. It just seems strange for me to suddenly have IBS
If you have any concerns, you should make an appointment with your GP.

Is there anything you are particularly worried about?
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If you have any concerns, you should make an appointment with your GP.

Is there anything you are particularly worried about?
Yes, I'm worried due to the family history I may have colitis or something like that as its clearly not normal, its delibitating and stopping me from doing daily things because of how frequently I need to go to the toilet, and how often I'm then in there because it just won't come out normally.
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Yes, I'm worried due to the family history I may have colitis or something like that as its clearly not normal, its delibitating and stopping me from doing daily things because of how frequently I need to go to the toilet, and how often I'm then in there because it just won't come out normally.
Speak to your GP explain your concerns tell them all of your medical history ie. Any other illnesses and listen to their expert advice
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They've supposedly ruled out all of those things. However someone I worked with told me that when they went to the doctors presenting similar issues, they were told everything was fine and when they saw a copy of their results, it was told something ewd wrong , so I don't really trust the NHS doctors. It just seems strange for me to suddenly have IBS
Okay

What is wrong with somebody else's life is actually completely different from what your problems can be and the diagnosis can be different as well from person to person.

Funny how you don't trust any doctors but yet you still want treated by them which is strange for somebody who won't trust anyone from the NHS.


Go and speak with a GP about things and if you still ain't happy with outcome then you take it up with the practice manager who is independent on decision ( usually the practice manager is member of backroom staff in charge of the receptionist and daily running of the surgery).





(Original post by Jpw1097)
If you have any concerns, you should make an appointment with your GP.

Is there anything you are particularly worried about?
The only way to get satisfactory answers is to speak with there GP about things.
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