If your husband is not happy with his doctors assessment of his case, he is perfectly entitled to get a second opinion. He can request to see a different GP or he could pay to see a private doctor (if he does not have private health insurance). I would recommend a consultant gastroenterologist.
A GP should have done an examination and some tests (blood, urine and stool). There is also a stool test called ‘faecal calprotectin’ that is very good at ruling out serious bowel disease (if the results come back negative). This could be very reassuring for your husband. If anything abnormal is found, the GP can refer him to see a specialist for further tests as needed.
Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.
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