Hey, I feel your pain, literally! I decided that after the holidays I would, for sure, finally, after much humilation, embarassment and social isolation, make an appointment with a GI doc. I have mixed D & C with tons of bad gas. To my surprise, they got me in the next day (yikes...I was hoping it would take longer!). I was really relieved and comforted that I went. The doc was kind, understanding and told me many things I didn't know. If this makes anyone feel any better (LOL), he told me that if you are in a line of 10 people at the store, 4 have IBS or likely symptoms. I gave him a long list of what I have tried over the years, the diets I have tried, the Activa, the Citricil, the Digesterol routine, etc....I had written down all the symptoms, all thr vitamins & medications I was taking, all the research I had found on this site as to treatment and possible tests. He complimented me on doing my homework...thanks to this site! In fact, he said I had a list of my own treatment plan. He said he would recommend all the tests I had researched for all the possible problems. He said I may have to live with IBS for a lifetime (yuk) but he can help me keep the symptoms at bay or lessen the problem. Of course, the first thing on our list was colonoscopy/endoscopy. The lab drew tons of blood to test for celiacs, gall bladder, H-Pylori, etc. (research this site!). I have to cut back on the Citricil. No Omega 3. No salads. Add 1-2 stool softeners per day (Peri-Colace), keep a calendar of what I am eating, how much I am going and what it is like, what triggers the bad stuff. Also a perscrip. for Zantax for the panic attacks I have developed as a result of this. On Jan. 17 I have to have the horrible colonoscopy thing but he assured me I'd be out for the procedure (thank you!). We are going to meet after that but he also said a lot of this is due to stress and we are going to work on learning to manage it better (don't know if that's going to happen). Anyway...I really was happy I found a great, concerned doc right away. I feel he will help with at least getting to the bottom of it and maybe getting it under control. Good luck to all of you.
Thank you all for your support. I also feel I really learned so much on this site thanks to all your stories and support. It is very hard to explain what life is like to people who have no problem...especially to co-workers.
I have to do the Phosphosoda thing. I am not looking forward to any of it but am hoping I can get some relief in the end (that's not a pun)!
Thank you again to all of you and hopes to all they hit on good doctors. It is reassuring. Maybe the younger ones are more infomed??
Don'tever feel like you are telling the doctor too much. If he gives you the impression you are or rushes you...see someone else. I recently went to a new doctor. I have been out of control for a long time now. I wrote down all the vitamins I am on, medications, symptoms, what I know bothers me, what tests could be done that I researched on this site, what diets and programs I have tried....and more. He was in fact impressed and stated so. He said I really did my homework and that I actually had my own order of treatment written down. He planned to do all the tests that i had researched and scheduled blood work and a colonoscopy/endoscopy for next week. I am glad I researched and had it all there WITH ALL MY QUESTIONS. In fact, I think it cut to the chase and saved time.
Good luck and good research!