I am sooooo sorry to hear you are going thru this. IBS pain and on top of it no sleep and extra work plus the anxiety. No wonder you feel so horrible. I have been where you are. I also suffer from IBS and it is very painful. Is there any way you can get yourself to a hospital ER? I know you live in Australia and I am here in the States. Here in the States a hospital cannot refuse you initial treatment. Is it like that in Australia? If so, maybe you could try that. Your IBS may just be a flare or it could have turned into colitis or something and if the pain is intense enough where you are on your knees, you should be seen. Do you have any outpatient walk-in clinics? If so, maybe that would be a route to try as well. It's a vicious circle, the IBS is causing the pain and therefore increasing your anxiety.
I am sooo angry at the way doctors treat patients and their lack of knowledge when it comes to medications. To blatantly tell you the med was NOT an antidepressant is just DOWNRIGHT WRONG. It is good that you have a pharmacist you trust and that you asked what the med was. I also have bad bad reactions to antidepressants and have had all the side effects possible. I understand your not wanting to try anything new.
Know that you are in my prayers and thoughts and I'm sending healing angels your way.
All too familiar Meg...your health system is much the same as across the ditch I recently found myself at an afterhours clinic..as I felt I was not taken seriously by my own GP - it really was most successful - he ordered bloodtests etc. straight away. (I find the minute you mention Panic Attacks/Anxiety everything turns to custard )
Anyhow, I do wish you well..and look forward to hearing a success story from you soon...sending you Big Hugs.
** either way for the IBS YOU have to have help of some type
I have CD and I know just how bloody painful that is at times
Love ya s.i.s
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 7/13/2008 8:23:51 AM (GMT-6)
I am so sorry you were treated like a criminal trying to get help by presenting to the clinic.
Go to the ER, 2 magic words always work in an ER here. I have Abdominal Pain or I have Chest Pain. Your IBS could be something else and to be in so much pain and be given a trycyclic and lied to is inexcusable.
I would certainly shop for a new Doc, one who is not biased before you even start.
You know I am here and love you my Megs so hang on sweetie and be brave. Do not give up the fight.
Kitt, Moderator: Anxiety, Panic & Depression *~*
Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 7/13/2008 7:10:46 AM (GMT-6)
Thank you all for listening and understanding. I'm sorry Maree and it'sokay that you have been through the same thing..it's not fair. I agree that this doctor deserves a good spanking....or worse...a day living with IBS and panic disorder. That would open his bigoted eyes. I have made some phone calls and got myself on some waiting lists..but I'm at the mercy of time until then.
I went to an ER last time I had a big IBS flare and all they did was take blood, ask a huge amount of questions, told me off for being too thin and decided they would give me some colofac. Except they had run out. Sorry, go home now and don't eat any spicy food. Argh! It seems you need to be bleeding from the head or having a heart attack to be taken seriously.
I'm sorry this is such a depressing thread, but I'm just feeling flat and powerless. My wonderful BF is forcing me to eat soup, take baths and giving me massages (no you can't borrow him!) when the pain gets overwhelming. I'm having accupuncture tommorow which usually helps - honestly )..so I should be feeling better in a few days. My mother is flying in tommorow to visit for a week and she is my greatest advocate. Hopefully I won't be feeling as rough as a badgers backside for much longer!!
Again I thank each and every one of you for empathy, kindness and understanding. I know I can get through this with my healing well family. Love you all,
Edit: Megs I will email you re edit :)
Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 7/13/2008 7:09:25 AM (GMT-6)
I've always had a tricky tummy, but I think I got IBS proper about four years ago. The symptoms and flare ups just get worse and worse and I am beginning to believe that it may be something more. I actually hope it is something more, because then I could treat it and not have people roll their eyes at me. Gosh, I'm sorry, I'm in a dark mood today..I think I will remove myself from the boards in case it is contagious! Thank you for your concern, it's lovely having you as a mod
Goodmorning/evening/night to all my patient HW family,
I managed to procure an appointment with a psychiatrist friday (too scary a story to share for bedtime) and an appointment with a gastro specialist in three weeks. I am on new meds from mr psych which I'm not too sure about. He gave me dx I don't know if I agree with, then again maybe denial? I'm a bit of a denial queen. So good news, anxiety down. Phew. Happiness up. Yaay!
I need a while to process this dx, then I will share.
thanks for listening, as always, you are the best family I could wish for,
In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children. The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted. The result is unruly children and childish adults. ~Thomas Szasz
That is good news and I will email you later, I have a nasty headache right now but I am glad to see you advocating for you.
Hugs sweet Megs
Thank you all for such kind words and advice.
Ekkorose - I will march out and get some pepperint tea. I have been drinking ginger tea, but it just makes me smell like a curry!
Machelle, I am sorry you have IBS too..doctors!!! They look at you as if you are an infant who dropped their lollipop don't they.
Peacesoul..I'm glad you finally got a correct dx, even if it's a terrible one, you know what's going on. (hugs)
I just hope this specialist can find something..other than a really large invoice for me!
Thanks again guys. I'm going to get through this with all your support.