I come here with a saddened heart. Over the months of March to May, my father-in-law had been having some issues, to which most of his Dr.s were diagnosing as probably IBS related issues.
So after three months of the same results he scheduled a CT Scan for Thursday June 15th. However, on June 13th he had 'bloated' so bad, and was in enough pain that even his stubborn self decided to go the ER. After hours in the ER, stupid Dallas Mavericks game, he was admitted and finally given a CT Scan at 2 am. The scan revealed an excess build up of fluid in his abdoman, and on the 14th, after the Dr.s examined the scans some more, it was determined that he did not have IBS, but rather a tumor.
After some screwing around by the hospital, he was finally put under the knife the following monday for exploritory surgery. The surgery went very well, and a biospy was done. It was determined that he had Non-Hodgkin's Burkitt's-Like Lymphoma, Stage 4.
On Saturday August 19th, he lost his battle with cancer, to both the amazement of his family, and the overseeing medical staff. He had made great strides, and was soon to start his second phase of treatment.
As we mourn the loss of our dear family member, I ask that everyone out there that feels they are getting blown off by their doctor, to take it upon themselves to get a second opinion. If a single Dr. had taken a slight more interest and not jump to the conclusion of IBS, we would have been able to catch the cancer before it had reached stage 4, and he would have had a much better chance. I do not want to see any other member of this community go through what this family has gone through, simlpy because of a 'trend diagnoses', as IBS has become these days.