There is thickening in my intestine, and I have ankylosing spondylitis. Please help me.

Q. How to diagnose and treat inflammatory bowel disease?

Answered by
Dr. Arpit Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 28, 2022

Hello doctor,

I have already done a CT scan of my whole abdomen. There is some thickening in my intestine.

I have been facing ankylosing spondylitis, an autoimmune disease, for the last eight years.

I met a gastroenterologist, and he told me about IBS. But yesterday night and today morning, I had bleeding from my stool.

I searched it online and finally got it as ulcerative colitis under IBD.

My ongoing medications are Esomeprazole and Librax for IBS as the doctor suggested and Indomethacin and Saaz 500 for spondylitis.

Please suggest what to do.



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To diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you need a few tests like colonoscopy and fecal calprotectin. Secondly, blood in stools can also be due to Indomethacin as it is known to cause stomach and intestine ulcers which can bleed. I would suggest you visit your doctor and get it evaluated. Till then, you should hold on to Indomethacin. I would also like to tell you that Saaz 500 (Sulfasalazine), which you are taking for ankylosing spondylitis, is also useful in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). So your doctor is treating your inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) while treating ankylosing spondylitis.

I hope this helps. Please revert in case of further queries.

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