Stool Sample Tests - what do they test it for?

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   Posted 5/14/2010 12:39 AM (GMT -7)   
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,

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   Posted 5/14/2010 12:59 AM (GMT -7)   
This test detects hidden (occult) blood in the stool. Positive results may indicate IBD among other things.

At least this is what my stool was tested for.

I was never tested for C-diff or to determine whether or not I have an imbalance of fecal flora. My GI says he could tell it wasn't C-diff. I don't know how. My stool really should have been tested for C-diff, especially since my blood tests where showing a elevated white blood cell count and I have a history of abusing antibiotics.
Colitis is in remission. No longer get IBS.
Figuring out how to reduce a flare or get into remission is a trial and error experience. Don't expect your GI to have all the answers. He was trained in making diagnoses, prescribing medications, and surgically removing the colon. He was not trained in alternative treatments. That's why they are called alternative treatments.

What works for me: Fecal transplantation, Probiotics, Anti-inflammatory foods, No HFCS, No crystalline fructose, No foods high in fructose, No artificial sweeteners, No pro-inflammatory foods when flaring, vitamins & supplements, Lexapro (for stress).

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   Posted 5/14/2010 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   

i work in a lab and have to deal with others poo all the time.  those containers are for ova and paracite testing.  you can google that to find out more.

occult blood testing is usually a little card but sometimes they will give you a "hat" that sits on the back of the toliet and you bring the whole container back and there are several test they can do on it.  but if it is only the 2 little container i would think it would only be the o and p testing

6mpdidn't work for me cause terable belly pain
3 asacol x2 day
remicade infussions every 6-8 weeks
dx in 2004 took a year to figure out.  Never lived in complete remission but good enough to work.

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   Posted 5/14/2010 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
THey should run a parasite test - I believe it tests for just a few parasites though so if it comes up negative that doesn't mean you don't have an infection. We are going to do a test from soon. $150 and worth a try. I know someone who's son flared for three years until they did this test and identified a parasite. They suggest an appropriate treatment. It took a while for his colon to heal but he's been flare free for a year now. If you think you have them, you might give them a ring for more info.
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