Bloated, bad stomach with IBS, blood tests. Trearment?

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Hello

I had some bllod tests. I wanted to get a view on them please.

I have had bloated and bad stomach for a few weeks and thinkn it is down to my IBS but wanted to check.


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Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 4 Days.

Hello,
Thank you for your query at DoctorSpring.com
I understand your concern.
I have reviewed your reports, there is nothing to worry, the MCH is slightly high, but can be ignored, and the CK is slightly high which is a very non specific marker.
Otherwise the reports are fine.
What are your symptoms now?
Feel free to discuss further.


Patient replied :


Hello thanks for the note. I am bloated and get stomach pains on both sides. I am also very tired and have a lot of wind. I have had headaches and back pain but my girlfriend has these also and we think we have a virus. I am worried about the mch and mchc markers as I did not know what they mean and are out of range? I have not had bad ibs for a long time. I have had a very healthy diet for the past year and have given it up a bit and also have a lot of stress right now? I wanted the blood tests to make sure it was not something more serious with my body. Also I looked on Google about the blood tests which has not helped my head and worried myself. I remember the stomach pins starting a few weeks ago when I ate out at a restaurant. Straight after I had terrible pain on my right side. I have had my appendix out already. I have had nothing like that since. I just went to bed and it went. But the discomfort has certainly been a bit worse on the right hand side


Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 3 Days.

Hello,
The MCH, MCHC, are the various characteristics of hemoglobin, they are mildly enlarged, and hence, do not worry.
These variations can be present in a patient even normally.
Regarding your stomach problems, it sounds like it is due to bacterial overgrowth, and I would request you to take a course of Rifaximin twice daily for 2 weeks. This should help in resolving the bloating as well as the pain. It needs a prescription, and you can get the same from your GP.
Feel free to discuss further.


Patient replied :

Thanks for the reply. Should I have bloods done again to check in the future or stop worrying? Also I have been taking acidophilus every day for about a year. I did this whilst doing the strict diet. Should I continue with this or stop?


Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 2 Days.

You can repeat the CBC in 3 months.


Patient replied :

Hello, many thanks for your help, my stomach is much better. It was ibs and brought on by a lot of stress recently. Now for the last week I have been messing up words and things when I am talking. I will say a wrong word or sentence occasionally. My family think this is stress related also but wanted to get a view. It is driving my nuts and very frustrating and now I am over thinking every thing. I have had some head aches but also more a sinus / cold issue. Is all this common with stress ?


Expert:  Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian replied 1 Day.

Yes, stress can cause that.
You can take Paracetamol and it should be enough for the headache.
Please relax.


Dr. Deepu Sebin Sebastian
Category: Sexually Transmitted Diseases(STD)Specialist
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MD, Internal Medicine - Stanley Medical School
Medical School - MBBS - Govt. Medical College, Kottyaam

Diagnostic Prediction - Stanford School of Medicine
Received Specialty training in Critical Care, Cardiology, Neurology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology from Stanley Medical College and in Endocrinology, Rheumatology.

Hematology and Geriatrics from Madras Medical College.
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