Follow up on IBS & Ulcer

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Shellyr44
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   Posted 5/23/2006 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  I called that new primary care physician that is giving me so much trouble and who promised me a referral to a gastroenterologist 2 weeks ago. He said he thinks he can get me in to see one in 2 weeks from today. At 4:00 this morning, I went to the ER. I couldn't take it any more. The Er doctor ordered a blood workup. about an hour later he comes back into the room followed by the ER nurse who was carrying a cup with 2 pepcid pills in it and discharge papers! He told me my gallbladder was fine, my liver is fine, and my glucose is fine! What! I am doubled over in pain from constipation and an ulcer and he's checking my liver and glucose. He then told me to go home and drink yet another bottle of Magnesium Citrate and see a gastroenterologist right away. He did no x-rays, no ultrasound, ct. No films at all! I was so upset. I went home feeling no better. I was so upset and didn't know what to do. What is wrong with these doctors? I'm really having a bad string of luck here.  I decided to  called my neurologist who has taken care of me for six years for my neurological disorder (RSD) and told him what was happening. I know it's not his field of expertise but he's always helped me when I'm in a jam.  He said he is going to get me in to see a gastroenterologist. I trust him. He's a fabulous doctor. He'll get me some help. I had no other choice but to call him. I was being told to drink a bottle of Mag. Citrate everyday! Take fiber caplets and an antacid. I'm getting sicker and the other doctors wouldn't help me. I can't believe this!  I really  want to thank all of you for all of your help and replies. You have been far more helpful to me than the doctors I've seen for this. I am so grateful to all of you.

Keriamon
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   Posted 5/24/2006 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, I can't believe that when someone goes in complaining of severe pain and constipation, they don't even do any sort of abdominal scan to check for a blockage. Constipation is serious; you can damage your intestines going too long without going. I think I would have said, what the heck are pepcids for? I don't have heartburn. I can't poop, man! POOP! Do you know which end that comes out of? Why do you think I'm here? It's because OTC stuff hasn't worked. I need real medicine! I need professional help!

Back when my mother was working at a hsopital, they wrestled constipated people down and dug impactions out of them--after giving them several enemas. I don't understand why suddenly it's become less serious than it used to be.

I hope you can get to someone quickly who will get you cleared up. Have you tried just using some of the Fleets phospho soda or the golyghtly stuff that they give people who are prepping for a colonoscopy? You can get it at the drug store. That cleans almost everyone out. I'd tell you to ask a doctor first about using it, but heck, you don't have a competent one to ask! Maybe ask the pharmacist about using it to clear up your constipation. But some people who have flushed their colons out that way or with an herbal product have said they had a couple of good days afterwards before getting constipated again. Sometimes just a little temporary relief is good.

Shellyr44
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/24/2006 5:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I did the Fleet and it helped. I know you're right. The constipation will set in again within the next couple days.   The gastroenterologist that my neurologist was going to help me get into see is on vacation. I felt sick thinking I was going to end up at some doctor that would repeat the nightmare I've already been through.  this won't be a problem now because something really great happened today. THere's a Gastroenterologist here that is a really great doctor. I was told it took weeks possibly over a month to get into see him. I thought I'd give it a shot anyway. I really lucked out. The receptionist told me that just a few minutes before I called he had a cancellation for tomorrow morning! He is over an hour away from where I live but it's more than worth the drive. I finally am getting out of the idiot zone of doctors here and am going to get HELP. Something I have yet to receive up to this point. I have had a definite learning experience. I know now what doctors to never go to again and a hospital that I will never enter again. Thanks again everyone for your support and help. I will keep you posted.

Post Edited (Shellyr44) : 5/24/2006 7:06:16 PM (GMT-6)


Keriamon
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   Posted 5/25/2006 7:40 AM (GMT -7)   
That's great! Yeah, the really good G.I.'s have a HUGE waiting list. When I tired to get in to see mine when I got diarrhea last summer that wouldn't go away, it was going to be 4-6 weeks before I could get an appointment. I saw his N.P. instead, but even she was backed up like 2 weeks. I really liked her, so if I need to go back, I won't mind seeing her instead. I had actually already cleared up my problem with calcium and extra Welchol and a bit of yogurt by the time I went, but I talked to her about what had happened and what I was using to fix it. She said what works, works. I like that kind of attitude.

I hope you get some answers--or rather some relief. Relief is always better than answers.
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