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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 2/16/2007 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi!  I've only had time to read a couple of your posts, and gather you've been told you have IBS.  In your most recent posts, you mention pain, and I gather constipation as well?  Can you provide any more of your medical history with symptoms and test results?  Your medical history would really help some of us help you.  Everyone here has been through the medical mill, and we all understand the pain, agony, and frustration of abdominal problems.  Too often, doctors rely completely on test results rather than what the patient is telling them about their symptoms. 
Every time I've come up against a "gut" problem, (and we're talking over 10 years) I've had to be the one to do the research and basically diagnose myself for the docs.  And guess what?  Every last time, I have been vindicated.  I seem to recall one post that you were inquiring about antidepressants.  Leave no stone unturned.  If your doc hasn't offered, then YOU need to ask about it.  Take charge of your own healthcare.  Do the internet research on your symptoms.  Make a list of questions and bombard your doc with them.  If that doc doesn't give you an answer you're comfortable with, then move on.  I have not idea how easy or difficult it is being in a national health care system, but it just isn't right being stuck with one person when you aren't getting answers to your problem.  Sad though it is, patients have to be the ones to fight for their own care and educate themselves appropriately.  The days of relying on good information from our physicians are over - at least in my opinion.
You are sounding more and more depressed in your posts - and for good reason!  Who WOULDN'T be depressed when up against a wall like you are?  If your doc won't prescribe antidepressants for your IBS symptoms, then tell him you need them for depression.  That will get his attention.  Life can get better.  I'm sure it seems totally hopeless right now, but try to take charge of your own body and forge ahead.  I have proven my own surgeon wrong too many times to count, and I get no argument when I tell him it's time to go back in.  Don't know what I'll do when he retires!  :-)
Living in the Republic of Texas minus a gallbladder, appendix, uterus, and 18" of colon; but living with my wonderful husband, 2 dogs, 1 cockatiel, and 2 gold fish. 

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