Going to Gastro today.....

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JHP
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   Posted 4/3/2006 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
I am going to see my gastro doc today.....to talk.  I would like to know what testing I can ask for?  Non-invasive first!  Blood work also?
JHP
 
DX:Glanzmanns Thrombasthenia(bleeding disorder)"GT" Type 1 as an infant, IBS 2004 with no testing done.


7Lil
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   Posted 4/3/2006 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I can only think of a few non-invasive tests:
Abdominal Ultrasound
Stool sample (parasites, blood)
Breath test (bacterial overgrowth)

Blood work:
Anemia
H. Pylori
IBD (this would be through Prometheus Labs)
Lactose Intolerance (Prometheus does this too)
Celias (Prometheus)

Invasive:
Sigmoidoscopy
Colonoscopy
EGD (upper endoscopy)

I may have forgetten a few so I'm sure someone else will be around here shortly.

Good luck! Come back and tell us how it went.
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JHP
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   Posted 4/3/2006 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
Upper Gi, lower GI?  Where is Prometheus Labs? 


JHP
 
DX:Glanzmanns Thrombasthenia(bleeding disorder)"GT" Type 1 as an infant, IBS 2004 with no testing done.


7Lil
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   Posted 4/3/2006 10:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Upper and lower GI's are barium meals. If they find anything, even the slightest bit off, they'll want to scope you. I would go straight to the scopes. That barium is hard to get down (and keep down). Yuck.
Most doctors have a Prometheus kit.... They take your blood, fill out the Promethues paperwork and mail the kit with your blood to them. Results come in about a week.
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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 4/3/2006 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I would go for the scopes also as if they find anything at all they will want to do the scope so why not do it first. They can take biopsies for many different things which the barium GI"s can't do. I think in this day and age the scope is the most reliable. I haven't had a Dr. suggest a Barium anything for a long time.

JHP
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   Posted 4/4/2006 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Canyonbabe711,
I thank you for your post, but unfortunately, we all have different conditions that affects us.  If you have read under my posts, that I was born with a rare bleeding disorder that prevents me from clotting, and this causes more complications for myself.  I wish I had it easy like yourself, but unfortunately I don't. 
 
My gastro doc told me yesterday, that I was not aware of he biopsies everything.  This is even more of a risk for bleeding.  I am having an H2O breath test to see if I am truly lactose intolerant.  The MUO is the only Hospital here where I live, that does this testing.
 
 
JHP
 
DX:Glanzmanns Thrombasthenia(bleeding disorder)"GT" Type 1 as an infant, IBS 2004 with no testing done.


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   Posted 4/4/2006 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi JHP,
As there are many members on this forum it is difficult for us to remember each history. Please excuse our forgetfulness and accept our apologies.
Given your circumstances, yes, it would probably be best for you to consider the upper and lower GI's before any scopes.
Thanks for the update on your doctor's visit... We are happy to read you will be having the breath test. Good luck!
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