This is basically a poll of IBS sufferers. Weve all taken a lot of blood tests, has anyone found any values that are out of the normal range?
Personally, despite every test ive undertaken, I have high levels of: Globulen & Proteins in my blood which are normally associated with chronic infection or inflammation.
In my case, the doctor and I have exhausted every possible avenue over several years, with no success. But has anyone else had something in their blood tests that is still an Unsolved Mystery? (Maybe it is IBS related..)
Ive had all Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) ruled out already. No bleeding or anything. Just continually high Gamma Globulin (Protein) levels, year after year, which supposedly indicates inflammation or infection. My Hematologist has run out of tests to give me, so im just living with it.
Youre right, in that it can definately be caused by numerous things. But I guess IBS by its very definition should not be causing an inflammation, else it would be called IBD instead! I like that logic!
The fact that you have persistantly raised Gamma Globulin levels actually relates to your liver rather than any other organ of your body.
If I were you, rather than seeing a hematologist, it might be worth your while going back and seeing a Gastroenterologist again and one that specialises in liver diseases too.
It is just that a raised Gamma Globulin level can indicate infection, past or present or that you have at some stage come into contact with Hepatitis A. Gamma Globulin is the vaccine that is given as short term protection from Hep A before travel.
If I were you, I would strongly suggest that you go and get some more tests run on your liver and get full liver enzymes done just to check.
You said that you levels have been raised for about a year? In this time, have you travelled anywhere where you could have come in contact with Hep A or have you had a vaccine for Hep A?
This is worth investigating further though and maybe you could get to the bottom of it. As I said before, it is not likely to be linked to IBS as being a syndrome there is no inflammation present as in cases of IBD.