IBS Newly Diagnosed

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   Posted 6/10/2008 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I just came back from a visit with my GP. When I told him my colonoscopy and endoscopy results were clear, I asked him what the problem is. I asked 'could it be IBS?' He told me 'probably'. When I asked him what I should do he told me to 'Do what works for me' but gave no actual suggestions. He told me to cut down on all laxatives (lactulose,Senokot,Milk of Magnesia) none of which I longer take as they were ineffective in addressing my constipation. Then he spoke into his tape recorder, said he will see me in 3 months and to have a good day.

I cried in the car. I don't know what else to do. I mean, I am glad it is not something serious like colon cancer and things like that. But this is interfering with my life. I feel like I am being treated like a fool, like it is all one big game.

Knowing that there is nothing I can do, my plan is to simply wait for my second colonoscopy and endoscopy on September 3rd and even if it is clear, I know this doctor took much more of an interest in my case and respected me enough to hear me out. I am on the cancellation list.

Not sure what else I can try. GP told me I have no food allergies (Maybe I am see through?) <!--IBF.ATTACHMENT_729682-->
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   Posted 6/11/2008 12:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmm...might be time for a new GI. Screw the ones who treat you like a number! You get out there and find yourself a good one that you feel comfortable with and don't give up until you do!
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   Posted 6/12/2008 1:53 PM (GMT -7)   
And a new GP! Thank you for the replies, it really means a lot to me

A few months ago I had a consult with a fantastic and well recognized GI/bowel surgeon. He even did work for NASA. I have his colonoscopy and EGD in September or sooner. I know he will not treat me like a number, he really listened to my concerns, its just that he is so popular I have to wait.

I think I am either triggered by dairy or gluten. I have D after each meal and horrible gas. I was shopping today and it was so embarrassing. All I want is an answer, some treatment, to get on with my life....

I am trying to be patient
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