Have you ever been to your doctor complaining of a digestive problem for some time, and the tests all came back clear? Then you doctor may recommend a visit to your gastroenterologist to perform an endoscopy. This is painless and easy procedure which has certainly been of benefit to many with digestive disorders, but it is not useful primarily in diagnosing candida.
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Signs and symptoms are more useful in diagnosing candida, and so is stool testing by a private laboratory. The idea is that if you see any change in a report like a blood-test or perhaps an endoscopy (the tube and camera down your throat) then there is something wrong. Another test is a colonoscopy, and this is an inspection of the colon or large intestine, in this instance the camera is inserted into the anus and travels up the large bowel to view any abnormalities. With a yeast infection, not much will be found at all with these types of diagnostic procedures.
Endoscopy means looking inside and typically refers to looking inside the body for medical reasons using an endoscope, an instrument used to examine the interior of a hollow organ or cavity of the body. The most commonly performed investigation on the upper digestive system is the endoscopy, a tube is placed down into the person’s oesophagus (down the throat) and continued down and into the stomach. From there it continues on into the first part of the small intestine called the duodenum, where the procedure is now called a gastroscopy. The fine tubing includes a nifty on-board camera allowing the specialist to examine the lining of the whole upper digestive system.
The digestive specialist is on the look out for anything unusual, such as damage or a particularly red area which may reveal cancer, an ulcer or another digestive problem such as an ulcer or inflammation. The bottom end of the digestive system such as the large bowel and rectum are also viewed with an endoscope, and this area may reveal a polyp, inflammation or perhaps diverticulitis otherwise known as “bowel pockets”.
Unfortunately, the small intestine is just outside of the effective range of the endoscope, and the small bowel is the most important part of the digestive system because it is here that practically all the digestion and absorption takes place.
The problem with such procedures is if they find minimal or nothing, then all may be deemed to be “OK” and the patient is sent home thinking that the problem is probably all in their head, rather than in their bowel. Whilst an endoscopy can reveal a structural problem, I have rarely if ever found that this procedure picks up any yeast infection issues with patients.
I my professional opinion, it is better to treat and see what the outcome is, rather than to speculate and stand by whilst the patient suffers. One of the best tests to determine candida yeast bowel problems is a stool analysis, but you will need to work with a reputable laboratory.
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Do you have the common or not so common signs and symptoms of a candida yeast infection? Check out my article explaining the most likely (and more rare) signs and symptoms of a yeast infection carefully first before you decide on endoscopy, you may not need this expensive and invasive procedure after all.