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I have suspected ibd & have to wait 4 weeks for a sigmoidoscopy to confirm, is there anything I can do to eas symptoms whilst waiting for diagnosis?

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Dr. Frederick Shieh
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: Yes

There are many treatments for ibd, but i would not recommend that they be started until a firm diagnosis is made as the medications can often have side effects.
A sigmoidoscopy can be useful for one type of ibd (ulcerative colitis), but a full colonoscopy isoften needed to diagnoise crohn's disease, another type of ibd. If you are having diarrhea, and your doctor has ruled out infection, immodium.

In brief: Yes

There are many treatments for ibd, but i would not recommend that they be started until a firm diagnosis is made as the medications can often have side effects.
A sigmoidoscopy can be useful for one type of ibd (ulcerative colitis), but a full colonoscopy isoften needed to diagnoise crohn's disease, another type of ibd. If you are having diarrhea, and your doctor has ruled out infection, immodium.
Dr. Frederick Shieh
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Dr. Michio Abe
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: What symptoms?

Treatment would depend on what symptoms you are having.
Not sure why you aren't having a colonoscopy. Sounds like you may have ulcerative colitis limited to left side of colon or proctosigmoiditis. You may want to try probiotics, or ask your doctor for prednisone, Mesalamine rectal enema, plus possibly Flagyl and levaquin, (levofloxacin) depending on the degree of suspicion for ibd vs possible infectious causes.

In brief: What symptoms?

Treatment would depend on what symptoms you are having.
Not sure why you aren't having a colonoscopy. Sounds like you may have ulcerative colitis limited to left side of colon or proctosigmoiditis. You may want to try probiotics, or ask your doctor for prednisone, Mesalamine rectal enema, plus possibly Flagyl and levaquin, (levofloxacin) depending on the degree of suspicion for ibd vs possible infectious causes.
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