This is probably a strange question, bear with me. It's also going to be quite long as I try to go through all of the history.
I started getting sick in November of 2007. The symptoms that manifested themselves then were mainly of the diarrhea and fatigue classification. I was treated with one (unhelpful) round of cipro and one (helpful) round of metronidazole. The metronidazole put me into an asymptomatic state until mid-January 2008 (I finished the antibiotics on Christmas eve 2007).
In January of 2008, some more symptoms started showing up. In addition to diarrhea (particularly mucousy), I began also having joint pain, numerous infections one right after the other, and unusual bruising. My blood has not clotted normally since then, either.
In July of 2008, I had my first experience with bloody diarrhea.
A combination of these symptoms has continued since then. Since I only go to the doctor at the tail end of my illnesses (bad habit), my test results come back largely normal.
On and off for the past several days, I've had increased thirst+decreased appetite, ridiculous amounts of joint pain, several bruises in unusual places, nausea, pain & gas (but no BMs), and two cuts that have bled continuously for extended periods of more than an hour. I'm going to see a gastroenterologist on the 27th of November, but I'm thinking I should have taken the PCP's suggestion of a rheumatologist instead. My question is, are there any blood disorders that have some of the same symptoms as the irritable bowel disorders? If so, should I be bringing any of these up to my doctors?
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In the process of being diagnosed, suspected Crohn's.
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