I have been diagnosed for 3 years and have been considered in remission for a year. I still have problems with regular bowel movements; one week its extreme diahrrea and urgency to go, the next week I can't even have a bowel movement from horrible constipation and with that comes bloating. And, I guess I always assumed that bowel movements would never be regular. But the pain is still bad, like really bad. Sometimes I can't make it to class on times. Unfortunately, there is a problem with my GI and I can't get in to see him about this...but is it something that others experience? Is there something that I can help to dull the pain?
And to just rant a bit. Right now, my GI returns my calls only after weeks of me calling him. He doesn't even call to give me test results. If I want to schedule an appointment, it takes a couple weeks to just get a hold of him, and I have to schedule about a month or more out. Sometimes, they are completely full and don't even have the schedule out for the next month. They ask me to call them back at the beginning of the next month to schedule and then I'm rushing to beat everybody else who is calling to schedule an appointment. I am in the process of trying to find another GI because while I like the fact that he doesn't want me to constantly be on pills, I dislike the fact that it seems he has to many patients to actually keep up with. If you know any good GIs anywhere from Tulsa, OK to Little Rock, AR or a site that lists some good doctors, please let me know! It's very stressful that I can't get my calls returned.