I had a long and fruitful conversation with the private GI specialist today. He will ask my GP to arrange
- a blood-test for cortisol, to try to understand more about the fatigue. This has become the most noticeable symptom over the past few weeks.
- A prescription for a low dose of amitriptyline. This may reduce sensitivity and abdominal discomfort. It is also an antidepressant in higher doses.
- therapy/counselling. I have been noticeably unhappy recently, mostly because I am unable to be physically active for much more than 30 minutes, so it’s hard to believe that we will get away this summer or that I will be able to return to work in October – or ever! My only current escape is to crawl into my nest and fall asleep to an audiobook. While I’m not averse to therapy in any way, I think I will be cured by (prospects of) regaining a normal life.
The specialist will also advise prices for a full colonoscopy (as advised by the NHS) and colonic transit study. This would aim to find out whether my bowels are moving at the speed they should without laxatives.
We are holding in reserve a gastric emptying study. The idea behind this is that it’s easy for me to feel full, and this might be due to my stomach being slow.
So I have more prodding to look forward to – at least that’s something!