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  • Posted By: 26Female
  • July 9, 2008
  • 08:55 AM

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.

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  • He is telling you not to worry because of your age. Colon cancer is not often found in people of your age. You have also had a colonscopy and they have most likely taken a biopsy and tested for cancer, so you should try to relax. You should ask to see a rhumey, to look into the joint pain. Arthritis (RA)can cause gatstro promblems like colitis. Hang in there and try not to worry to much. Just be sure to have another colonscopy in a year or so. Best wishes Kiera
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  • 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. NO!!! your not over-reacting a have a lot of the similar symptoms that you have. a lot of doctors dismis things because of someone's youg age, with your joint pain I would defintily see if you can get an orthopedic bloodwork up, cause it may be all connected. I have been undygnosed for almost a year with a Gi problem when it was really a orhopedic-gi problem. My advice see another Gi doctor specificly at a university hospital and get your family docor to give you a cat scan of mri of or c spine, t spin and l spine and joints, and you'll have your answer. Never give up.hope I helped
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  • 26female, Was the test for Helicobacter made while you were on acid inhibitors? This can result in a false negative answer. It happened to a frient of mine. You have to stop with acid inhibitors 10 days prior to test.
    Felsen 510 Replies Flag this Response
  • have you been checked for Celiac Disease or Food allergies? I had a ton of GI symptoms after a bad viral infection and i then became very allergic to foods, wheat, eggs and milk and a few others...see if they can do IGG and IGE allergies on foods! Prior to stopping the wheat I has GI issues, joint pain, twitching muscles, ect. I still have inflamation but I feel better than I did before. (p.s. I am a 29 year old female) Good luck!
    stacky 52 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree about the Celiac. Often under-diagnosed. My mother suffered for 13 years with it before finding out. Once she went a strict Gluten-free diet, she was like a whole new woman. Good luck, and feel better :)
    aliceanna 41 Replies Flag this Response
  • Yes, I agree with the above posters - celiac sprue can cause a lot of your symptoms and is hard to diagnose. Do research this! Also, have you ever had a full stool exam done? How were you diagnosed with the food poisoning? Did they test for salmonella or e coli? Any kidney damage or problems? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
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