Candoolili it's so unfortunate that there's a backlog in gastroenterology and endoscopy in the NHS due to the pandemic. If it wasn't for Covid I'd say 'make sure you get referred within 6 weeks at the latest' because if you do have an IBD you're currently not being treated.
If your symptoms worsen (eg bowel frequency, particularly if going at night, blood, mucus increase, increased pain) then insist on being prioritised.
If your bowel frequency and pain is high and you can't cope you can go to A&E (only you can decide when this threshold has been crossed - for me it's about
20 bms day and night, a lot of pain, extreme urgency, but I've read about
ppl that stay home with 40 bms, and others that would go to A&E earlier than I do - usually it's my gastro team pushing me to go and me refusing). If this does happen tell the A&E Dr you need to speak to a gastro.
It may be useful for you to chart your bowel movements - put a pen and paper in your bathroom - as the gastro will ask about
frequency, and it'll give you a clearer picture of whether you're getting better or worse. You may also want to become familiar with the Bristol stool chart and score the consistency, and amount of blood and pus. If you're starting to heal your bms will start to form.
Whatever the diagnosis I hope you get the help you need to heal.
Post Edited (UCyousee) : 4/20/2021 1:09:35 PM (GMT-6)