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inflammatory bowel disease with normal stool sample?
Due to other symptoms which have followed years of ibs symptoms and constant abdominal pain I am wondering if it's actually ulcerative colitis or similar. I've had a stool test at my gp and they've said it's normal. Apparently that means it's ibs and no further action will be taken. Is it possible for a stool test to be normal but still an inflammatory bowel problem present?
I'm not sure how good the blood test is, I often feel there is more to my problems than have been investigated (family history of IBD and lots of symptoms) So if you have symptoms and it's worrying you, don't feel you are troubling them to ask for a colonoscopy. Many people get palmed off with an IBS disagnosis when it's something more serious.
By stool sample do you mean a faecal calprotectin test? They aren’t ideal at ruling out IBD, they need to be looked at alongside other tests.
Have they done a feacal occult blood test, and bloods for inflammatory markers? They would be the basics for a GP to do and then if those are positive/elevated alongside symptoms it would warrant a referral to a Gastro.