So I am in the middle of testing to rule out IBD as a reason/cause for my chronic diarrhea, weight loss and abdominal pain etc. I had an anal fistula the last two years and had surgery last fall-which I think is fianlly fully healed (but took a long time). Between this and my other symptoms, they want to look for inflammation. I had an abdominal/pelvic CT scan a few weeks ago that the radiology department messed up. (they were supposed to do a CT enterclysis and just did a regular CT scan) Today before my colonoscopy, my doc said he is still upset about that whole ordeal (i mentioned on another post recently) and doesn't want to expose me to anymore radiation, so we talked about doing a camera pill thing if today's colonoscopy is normal.
After the colonoscopy, my doc said that it all looks good (up to the last few inches of the terminal ileum) but he took lots of biopsies all throughout to have tested. So my first question is to see if anyone has had an apparent "normal" colonoscopy only to find out later that the biopsies showed abnormalities that weren't detected by the doc during the exam.? And the other question is this: If my exam AND pathology are normal, can I breathe a sigh of relief that I most likely don't have an IBD/Crohn's condition? Or is this still just the beginning of ruling it out? I think he still wants a better look at the small bowel.
Second part of my questions has to do with polyps. I am 36 years old, and he found 2 polyps in the left (descending?) part of my colon. He said both were about the size of his finger tip. (he has big fingers..lol.) He was very concerned about this because of my age. He kept saying that although we didn't discover obvious cause for my symptoms (which he said couldn't be caused by the polyps) it was good they got in there to remove the polyps. He said if I had waited until the "typical" age for colon CA screening that could of been disasterous, and that I will need to have this test every 5 years from here on out. My mom (late 50's) had 4 polyps at her first exam and they turned out to be the kind that are most likely to turn into cancer, so he is assuming this is probably the same kind I have, although he sent them to pathology to be characterized. Has anyone had polyps? Particularly anyone that is younger than the higher risk age group? Could this have anything to do with my other issues, and maybe a result of underlining problems with my bowel (even though they didn't really see anything else?). Or is this (as my doc suggested) just incidental finding and not related to my symptoms. I keep thinking something is definately wrong with me, but the only thing they saw were these polyps, so why can't those be the cause...? (ugh..im desperate for an answer...and too impatient to wait.)
Any thoughts? I would really appreciate input. He said as soon as pathology gets him the reports he will call me and we will "go from there.."