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rhondab
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   Posted 3/7/2007 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Everyone
 
I saw my pcp today in effort to get a referral to my gi doc. I haven't posted on this yet, but to bring u all up to date i've been having some probs unrelated to these funky ms type issues. I have IBS and have had it about 5 yrs. After my dx i didn't do anything towards making any changes in my life...kept eating and living as i was, but those changes eventually came about as this IBS made it'self more and more known. Not to get too uncomfy for u all here, but generally i go back and forth...diahreah and constipation...as a part of life. No real big deal because i know how to handle it. There are times when there is blood present, but again that is no big deal to me either since my original dx came about due to an onset of diahreah with LOTS of blood. So...now it's back like that again. This time tho, it's been ongoing for about a week with blood present each time. Scary. I saw my doc today and he did a complete blood count. My plateletts were low and he tried to admit me, but u know how that goes...i have small children at home. They'd fall to pieces! Who would do the things i do? ;) I have to go back next Thurs for another blood count. So i have a colonscopy set for March 26th...YUCK!!!!! I swore i'd never ever do that again!!! I'm doing it again. :((  The part that's good here is that i'm having an mri on Fri for my thoracic spine. My neuro wanted to do that some time back, but due to ongoing things with my daughter, i put it off and never rescheduled it. So now maybe i'll get to conquer two things at once. Why is he doing an MRI??? Well, he knows of my history and ongoing symptoms and is basically taking no chances...the other mri's showed nothing, but this part of my spine has never had an MRI, so we're looking. He doesn't think it'll reveal anything related to my IBS probs, but if it does all the better i guess. Basically, i'm having a colonoscopy for the IBS and an MRI for the unknowns and to leave no stone unturned since so much is out there with a question mark. In the meantime, he's told me to take fiber pill twice a day and gave me a prescription for neurotin...for my leg pain. The Requip works sometimes and sometimes it just doesn't. I didn't fill the prescription...kinda scared of that kind of strong med and don't really feel i need it, but if i do sometme i'll have it.  Well that's it...Fri i have the MRI and we'll see what that shows. Thanks for getting this far...it was a really gross post..sorry!


rhonda
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Post Edited (rhondab) : 3/7/2007 3:56:40 PM (GMT-7)


Barbieob
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   Posted 3/7/2007 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda

Im so sorry to here about all your IBS problems, I have had terrible constipation for years but lucky not the diareah . Could this maybe be a problem due to your possible MS I guess its hard to tell whats what especialy being in limbo. Thank you for you post about my issues, i have taken every ones advise and booked in to see my doct later today. I hope all goes well with your tests, i have always dreaded to ever have a colnscopy as i just dont think i could drink all that stuff. owe yuk.
I always like to ready your comments on all the posts it shows what a caring person you are.

Barbie

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   Posted 3/7/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
oh sugar

I couldnt see it so i pushed it again.

Sorrry

Barbie

Denda
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   Posted 3/7/2007 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda!

Sorry to hear about everything. I know we started talking about that a little on Monday. At least they'll be able to see if the IBS has gone into UC. Hopefully not and it's still treatable. I'm glad you're getting the spine MRI, maybe that will show what the brain one didn't. Doesn't that sound horrible? But I know how long you've been in limboland. Good Luck and I'm thinking of you!
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   Posted 3/7/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Goodness Rhonda.  My IBS is mild in comparison, never had the blood issue but youre absolutely doing the right thing and getting it looked at.  I wish you the best of luck with your testing and I hope its nothing serious.  Who knows maybe theyll figure something out and get you off that yaught a little sooner.  Take care and let us know when you find out anything.
 
Barbie, I took that duplicate post out for you, no worries it does happen sometimes :-)
 
 
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shellypoo
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   Posted 3/7/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda,
I'm sorry you have been going thru all that!!  Several years ago I had a few bouts of bloody diarrhea.  One time I had c-difficil which is an infection.  They need to check you for that with a stool sample (your doc should have done that automatically!)I was diagnosed with ulcertive colitis back then after a colonoscopy revelaed ulcers but it cleared up later.  UC is an autoimmune disease.
 
Take care. Don't let this issue go and you might request the stool culture.
 
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rhondab
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   Posted 3/7/2007 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Everyone

Michelle ... u know i didn't think about that, but he should've done that..stool sample. The first time i had this looked at they did and it showed the blood, but that's what they were looking for. I'm not sure if they checked for c-difficil or any other type infection or not. I"ll ask him or the gi doc about this. The gi doc is the one who did the stool sample, so she may do that this time too, but with an already existing dx she may just assume this is a check of the original prob...so i'll ask. I did post and ask some questions on the UC board last week because it was closest to IBS that i could find and i didn't feel this was JUST IBS i was experiencing. It may be, but seems more than i've read IBS to be.

Kimber ... yes, i'm hoping very much that the mri will be revealing. I'd so love to know something...just anything...and put this to bed. If nothing else at least we'll know there's nothing there...and i'll stop worrying that i should've done the mri. I'd love to get off that yatch tho...boating and dizziness/balance probs just don't mix!

Denda ... No, it doesn't sound horrible at all...i'm right with u...i'm not sure i'd want to hear anything as bad as ms, but hearing something would at least give me information and help me know what i'm dealing with..and how to fight it. I meant to ask the doc today if there was some kind of diet i should be eating or any particuliar foods NOT to eat...but forgot. I know u stay away from the ones u know give u probs, but as for the best diet to TRY to eat...i'm still don't know. I'll ask my gi doc and let u know if she has anything.

Barbie ... Yeah i've wondered that...if this is related to the possible ms or not. As we've seen it can be a prob with ms, but i'm not sure if this is the same way it'd behave with ms. As far as i've seen there shouldn't be any blood. I did ask if this could somehow be related to my hemorroid surg and/or could it have triggered it and he seemed to feel there was no connection at all. I guess stuff just happens and that's that and u just take it.

Thanks to all of u for u'r help and support. I'll post back on Fri on this to let u know what (if anything) i learn from the mri. I'm thinking about calling him tomorrow and telling him i'd like him to go ahead and order an mri on the brain and neck as well just to cover the full spectrum since i'll be there anyway. It will be a long time...about 5 months...til i see my neuro ad it'd be nice to take a look if i'm going to be doing part of it anyway. U know with so much happening off and on and never really going away i wonder, as i'm sure many or all of u in limbo do, what in the world is going on inside our bodies. What can be doing this and how in the world can it be so invisible? If u spend much time focused on it u will become scared and it will consume u, but how can u help but do that? As sooo many here have already said, i'm so glad this is a place i can come and talk and u will understand. No one else in the world who i can talk to does. They may try, but they can't. Thanks again guys for doing this for me.
rhonda
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LadyEMT
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   Posted 3/7/2007 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Rhonda,

Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I hope things get better for yuou. I'd lend an ear, but do to internet restrictions, ill lend my good eye. Hugs to you. Keep us posted..

Bonnie
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uppitycats
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   Posted 3/8/2007 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm really sorry you're going through all this. But you really should follow your doctors orders, even with taking meds, and if you don't, you need to tell him. They'll be expecting changes, and if they know you're noncompliant, they'll be prepared for things worsening and not getting better.

I know there are special food restrictions for IBS. You might want to do a search on that, and see what they are, and at least start tending to your diet. Bleeding in the intestinal tract is never a good and common thing.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....


rhondab
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   Posted 3/8/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Uppity

Excellent point. U'r right. I'll call his office this morn and let him know of my decision not to fill that prescription just yet. That'll give him an opportunity to express any other reason he may have for me taking it and if no objections are made i'll continue on as before, but he'll be aware. I certainly don't want the docs working in one direction and me in another!

When i was first dx'd with IBS my doc didn't give me any instruction on diet other than if it bothers u don't eat it! Someone asked me once if i was taking anything for it and i wondered then about that. I don't feel i've needed anything as far as for pain or discomfort. I'm sure i should be looking more closely at my diet tho. I intend to discuss that with the gi doc on follow up after the colon test and in the meantime i'll be doing some research. Thanks for u'r help...as usual, very good! :)

Hey Bonnie

My goodness, even on the night of u'r dx u'r here supporting me. Thanks!! U take good care of u'rself and thanks for checking in on me...u'r so sweet!
rhonda
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uppitycats
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   Posted 3/8/2007 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is a website that gives some pretty clear and straightforward suggestions about things to watch out for in your diet:
 
 
as well as lots of other useful information for you.  But you need to get that bleeding stopped, as it can cause all sorts of OTHER problems, which you certainly don't need!
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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