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Microscopic Colitis Testing
Complete stool testing is vital to assess and infections such as cryptosporidium, and giardia. C. difficile toxins, salmonella and shigella are also important to assess for. Stool testing also provides information of how well you are (or may not be) producing digestive enzymes which can also impact gut function. Evaluation of thyroid health and coeliac disease are also helpful as are complete blood counts.
Ruling out SIBO (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth) can also be helpful in certain cases. This is to assess the bacterial load in the small bowel as elevated numbers here can also contribute to chronic diarrhea.
A note about testing
I aim to keep testing as affordable as possible. While some of these tests may be requested via your GP others can only be ordered through private laboratories. Part of the initial consultation is set aside to discuss the pro, cons and costs associated with the various tests I feel would be the most helpful.
A number of diets are recommended which are suggested on a case by case basis. The aim of these is to assess for food sensitivities, assess triggers and well as to reduce inflammation.