So Ive had my stool tested a few times since being DXed with UC, what exactly does it test for all the times the little collection kit has been prettymuch the same 2 containers that have liquid that only require a small ammount of stool (they say parasite on them so I guess theyre pretty self explanitory) and one container with no liquid in it that requires a larger sample to fill. Does it test for bacteria? if so what kinds bad, good, both? Every time I've had it done I get the same general blah blah back from the Dr about the results. "everything looks pretty normal, few extra white cells, thats not uncommon in UC patients due to fighting infection/inflamation in the intestines"
This last time I was totally expecting them to find something over the course of 5 years with UC I've noticed what look like little "chains" on the TP I know its odd that I look but I always check for blood one of those habits that popped up after I got this. I noticed that the "chains" seemed to coincide with an oncoming flare. I always thought well its just part of something I ate, undigested food etc, but the past few times i recollected what I'd eaten prior to seeing them and there was nothing that could have been manipulated to look like that. So I thought some bacteria make chains and I googled it and couldnt find anything intestine specific, but did find that some bacterial chains are large enough to be seen with the naked eye. I ask my Dr. for a stool kit and just kept it put up untill I seen the "chains" in my stool again I filled the containers with stool and took them to the Dr's office but the test came back same as always, thats why im wondering whats tested for in the tests, that maybe its something that just isint tested for. It may be nothing at all but it does seem to have a relation to my flares.
Pancolitis diagnosed in 2005
tried Rx: Colazal, Asacol, Immuran, Remicade
Currently on Rx: 4.8g Lialda daily (4 tabs), 7.5mg prednisone, 1 Canasa suppository daily.
tried otc: Candidase, Aloe Elite, Boswelia, Fish Oil
Currently on otc: B vitamin complex, Iron,