Hi everyone. If you frequent any of the other forums I probably don't have to introduce myself since I'm slowly making my way through all of them lol. Anyway...here's my question...I'll try to keep it short and sweet.
Does anyone here feel that IBS is a diagnosis given when the docs have no clue what's wrong with you?
I ask this because I've been pretty sick for years and within the past month or two it's been severe. My main symptoms, that have to do with GI problems, are constant diarrhea, rectal bleeding sometimes really heavy, cramping, and other non-gi related symptoms...if you really want to know them all I can list them. So now I'm scheduled for a colonoscopy on July 31 due to the severe bleeding and diarrhea I've had and at my first visit with the GI doc he said it could be something like crohns or ulcerative colitis because of my history with autoimmune diseases and my symptoms. Then he goes, "if we don't find anything on the scope it could just be IBS". I've read the symptoms of IBS and I just don't know what to think. I feel that they would just be labeling me to label me, you know what I mean? I don't have constipation...some days I wish for it lol, I mean I'm in the bathroom now at least 5 times a day up to maybe 10 or more times. Before this I still had diarrhea, but it was more like only 3 or 4 times a day. To think I used to complain about that! Anyone care to weigh in? Thanks!
Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and in the process of being diagnosed with either crohns, colitis, or even lupus...who knows really! the docs sure don't lol. Too many meds to list!