Hi--can you tell me more about this and what is your specific question?
For one year I have been experiencing discomfort in my lower left quadrant. Occasionally it is extremely painful and I experience spasms. The spasms radiate towards my back passage and the pain in the back passage is excrutiating. This spasming period lasts for about 30 min, then stops. However, during my normal every day to day I'll get a fleeting sharp pain in my back passage that lasts less than second. My GP took a stool sample a few months ago, phoned me today and told me I have high calprotectin in my stool and that I've been refered to a gastroentorologist. Originally I thought I might have IBS but now my GP speculates that I have IBD. This morning when I was in the shower I felt a small lump on the outside of my back passage. Perhaps a hemorrhoid, but I've never had hemorrhoids before. Could the lump have something to do with the high calprotectin level? I am a 27 year old female
I have a bowl movement at the same time every day. Often it can be loose but not too watery. Maybe type 4 on the Bristol chart. Often when I go to the toilet I need to go again an hour or 2 later
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No, the hemorrhoid would not affect the calprotectin level.
You need colonoscopy and upper endoscopy to rule in or rule out either Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, but you may not have either. Irritable bowel syndrome can also cause high calprotectin levels.
I am waiting to see the gastroentorologst and I will request a colonoscopy and endoscopy. The GP on the phone told me that IBS is ruled out and that Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis is much more likely. Is my GP wrong when she told me that IBS is now ruled out?