I am 26 years of age. I contracted severe food poisoning four years ago and since then I have been experiencing a series of gastrointestinal problems.
I first went to my doctor with symptoms of regular heartburn, bloating, belching, lethargy and diarrhoea/vomiting… I was proscribed a course of acid inhibitors and, after a year of regular appointments with my GP, was finally referred to a consultant at my local hospital.
My consultant immediately booked me in for a test for H Plyori, but this came back negative. I was told to loose weight and to avoid fatty foods, alcohol and caffeine, and then feedback my results… When I returned for my follow-up appointment, I was referred to a new consultant who decided to book me in for an endosocopy later that year.
Before my next appointment however, I suffered bleeding from the back passage when going to the toilet. I got an emergency appointment (with a different consultant again) and was told that I needed a colonoscopy as well as an endosocopy.
To my surprise, the endosocopy came back fine, whereas the colonoscopy revealed that I had a ‘medium-sized’ intestinal polyp… which I am told is very rare for someone in their early-mid 20’s.
The removal and subsequent follow-up appointments needed because of the poly has completely over-shadowed the investigation for my gastrointestinal discomfort. I am still in regular pain from my sore and swollen stomach and have started to experience severe sleep disruption and aching bones/joints as a result.
I really don’t know what to do. My GP is most unhelpful and he acts as if he has ‘heard it all before’. After 4 years of feeling unwell, I don’t have my initial fighting spirit and really need some advice. Can anyone suggest the cause of my discomfort?
(Also, I was told by my consultant that polyps in young adults are usually linked to a genetic condition… At the time, I did not know of anyone in my family with these problems, but since then both my grandmother and uncle have had large portions of their colons removed due to cancerous polyps. Again, I told my GP this and he told me ‘not to worry’. I feel as if I should let my consultant know this, but if my GP says not to worry, am I overreacting?)
Thank you in advance for any help.