Welcome, Bera. It could be IBS or any number of other issues that could be ruled out with a colonoscopy. It's nothing to be afraid of, don't worry, just really annoying the night before the procedure! What other tests have you had done? Any other symptoms (weight loss, fever, etc.)? How often are you running to the bathroom?
I wouldn't worry too much about the green BMs. The color of our poop is not necessarily indicative of the problem unless it's red or black (indicating GI bleeding). Sometimes bile acid can cause yellow diarrhea. Eating salad or any other green foods can make it green!
Again, welcome to the forum...let us know how things progress for you.
Thanks for the thoughts on the colonoscopy. What's better to have - colonoscopy or barium enema? I'm mainly afraid of the colonoscopy because I've never been put under. I've never taken a pill stronger than a tylenol. Should I request a stool sample test? None of my doctors have suggested it.
Anyway, I've had a pelvic and upper ultrasound and a long list of blood tests. All normal but a small ovarian cyst. I'm allergic to cat scan dye so can't do that.
The last three days, I've been going on average of ten times a day. Prior to that just once or twice. Usually loose stools but not diarrhea.
Thanks for all the great feedback. You've certainly made the procedure seem less scary.
I did have an ultrasound and blood work for gallstones. All look good there.
I also saw a gastro doctor about a week ago. He ordered a colonoscopy but I cancelled it. Frankly, the guy freaked me out. He poked my stomach a couple times and asked a few questions. Then said, "Okay, we'll do a colonoscopy because it's my speciality." Then he preceded to tell me that most young women don't go sleep during the procedure so I may remember some of it.
Anywho, I called my regular doctor today who recommended another gastro doctor. I'll call him today.
In the meantime, I am trying to do something about the diarrhea. Call me a freak, but I'm nervous to take the imodium in case I do have some rare disease that will worsen by taking it. Any advice to get rid of the diarrhea. I am exclusively on soluble fibers starting today. Will that help?
Bera, your doc probably wants to do the scope because it's really the best way to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease and other problems. They take a few biopsies, usually, throughout the colon. I've had a total of four scopings done this year - two upper and two lower (this is not typical! Most only have one!). All of them were easy as pie. Drink the stuff the night before (tastes bad - but it's over quickly), hang out on the pot all night, wake up early, get an IV, and go off to la-la land for a few minutes. I always asked for light anesthesia and even if I was slightly awake during the procedure, I was never aware of any of it, or didn't care what they were doing. Your eyes might be open but you're really not thinking about anything, not in pain, not scared; all your senses are completely dulled. Then when you wake up, it's all over. Feel a bit groggy and go home and lie around like a sloth on your couch!
It's better to just get it done if you've never had one and you're experiencing bowel problems.
As far as the diarrhea goes, how often are you going? Some people have found success with fiber supplements; others with Imodium; others with probiotics; others with nothing. Don't freak out necessarily if nothing seems to work. You will adjust to this problem slowly (no, it's not fair, but it's what inevitably happens). Eat easy foods, nothing weird. Bananas and rice work pretty well. That's until you get your scope, which will rule out the major offenders, and you can go from there.
Good luck girl - we've all been there, or continue to be there!
Wow, I'm excited about all the advice!
I don't think it's my gall bladder. I really don't have any of those symptoms. The majority of my discomfort is in the lower right abdomen with occassional, brief discomfort in the upper. I feel better when lying flat on my back or standing. No vomiting or nausea. I don't wake up to go during the night though I do wake up anxious in general. When I do finally get up in the morning I have to go ASAP. The diarrhea has been occurring for four days now approximately 10 times a day.
I will definitely try the dried bananas and am going to call the new doctor here shortly.
So, as far as the colonoscopy, I should take work off the day before and the day of the test. Will I be fine to go back the day after?
Also, everyone keeps talking about this stuff they had to drink. My doctor (who I'm not seeing anymore) said to take a laxative and an enema. That was all. Is that wierd?