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crazygut
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   Posted 10/30/2006 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I am so sick of wondering each day how my tummy is going to be !  I don't get why I can keep anything "in" unless I have at least 2 Imodiums in me.  I have tried probiotics, fiber, watching my diet, but nothing seems to be working.  My GI still wants to do a colonoscopy on me, but my insurance won't cover it right now (I have insurance through work & it is horrible!!).  I don't seen how this can only be IBS?  I thought for a while it was stress induced, but seriously, the only thing I can eat that doesn't cause diarrhea is applesauce!  Something else has to be wrong, wouldn't you think?  My stools now how gotten to where it BURNS bad when I have to go.  I would think that could mean an infection, but they never found anything?????  I am so fed up, so depressed, of all this.  My life has changed the last year & half with this going on...

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   Posted 10/30/2006 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried taking calcium yet? Has your doc prescribed anything else, like an anti-depressant? Stress is a huge factor in IBS and lots of times D can be controlled with anti-d meds.
Has your doc checked your gallbladder? If you're having burning D it is probably from excess bile. A hidascan would be the best way to check your gallbladder function.
If you fear IBS isn't your problem then you really do need that colonoscopy. I can't imagine insurance not covering it (even 30-40% of it). Have you called them personally? Usually when the doc puts in the request for the scope they warrant it by listing all your symptoms. I had to call my insurance for a pre-approval... maybe that's all you need. ????
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Sarita
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   Posted 10/30/2006 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   

If there's any way you can get the colonoscopy, do it.  Your insurance should cover part of it at least!  You might also ask the doctor's office or hospital about payment plans, and sometimes they reduce the cost of the procedure if someone's insurance won't cover it. 

 


crazygut
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   Posted 10/30/2006 3:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had my gallbladder checked a few times.  the last time was a few months ago.  I have tried the calcium, but I didn't try it for very long.  I tried it for about a week & didn't notice a difference so I stopped taking it.  I took 1 tablet 2 times a day.  I maybe should have given it more time but am so fed up at trying things & them not working.  I have also tried anti depression/anti anxiety med's and didn't notice much with my bowels changing...I know I sound very negative about all this, but it is hard not to be after nothing working except the Imodium-and there are times that that doesn't even work
I haven't called my insurance personally yet, I think I am going to have to to get the answers I need. 
Thank you for your help. 

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   Posted 10/30/2006 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Crazygut, you should probably try taking the calcium for longer than a week. As long as it doesn't affect you in a negative way, stick to it for at least a couple weeks.
Definitely do call your insurance personally. If your pain and D are unresolved, your insurance should not be denying even partial coverage of the scope. Push for it.
How was your gallbladder checked? Ultrasound? It's been said that hida scans are the only way to go for best results. Keri, I'm sure you've seen her around, was misdiagnosed for 5 years. Finally she got the hida scan and her problem was found.
Good luck!
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