I have no medical or job becuase of a severe case of IBS. Just got the news today that my state medical benifit application was denied because a CT scan showed no issues or concerns with my health. It's my understanding that IBS is a diagnoses of exclusion, i.e. they can't find anything wrong but you have these symptoms so the Dr.'s are going to stop testing you and call it IBS. How do I get better when I can't pay for healthcare. I feel like I am just told to go home and try to die slowly through suffering. That's issue #1
Issue #2. My family Dr. I have been seeing since when I was a kid totally tried to manipulate me into taking medications I did not want to take. about 2 years ago he had me fill out a little questionaire about bipolar depression. I think I answered yes to 7 of the 12 questions, but I felt like if most people would have answered those questions truthfully they would have said yes. When I was in college about 5 years ago I was getting counselling for depression for about four months straight, and never once did my college psychiatrist think i had bipolar depression. I don't have bipolar, I don't have exptreme high or lows. Every time I go into his office I have to tell I don't have bipolar depression just your garden variety clinical depression and I have to re-tell the reasons for why I don't think I have bipolar. I have a persciption for an anti-depressant called wellbutrin that works great with me and no side affects or anything. To get on state medical benefits i had to see my family dr. so he could give me a physical and have him send my medical information for the last year to the DSHS office. While is was in there I asked for any anti-nausea medication that I could try that I haven't tried yet. He said there wasn't any he could think of, and then just about when I was going to leave he said "wait, there may be something we can try. It might make you worse, or it might make you better." I got home and researched the sample medication packets he gave me and it's BIPOLAR MEDICINE!!! I asked for anti-nausea meds and he gave me bipolar meds! He didn't tell me they weren't for nuasea. The guy totally tried to mainpulate me into taking drugs I didn't want to take. The scary thing is that I didn't stop taking my anti-depressant, so how would those drugs have interacted. I would have stopped taking any other anti-nausea drug so I would have no relief from nausea, (it's not like the anti-nausea meds i have now work anyways). And the top side affects to the bipolar medication he gave me are upset stomach, constipation, and nausea! I might be taking some legal action over this, I don't know.
Issue #3. I need treatment for my IBS, the only way I can think of getting it is through clinical trials. If anyone has any information on any that would be appreciated. (preferrably they are going to have to pay for my travel) I don't care if it is risky or anything like that, I just have to get some form of treatment.
Lastly, I am single and can't find enough time where I feel good enough to plan a date, let alone have the money for a date becuase I can't work with my case of IBS. So I live alone, and had two cats that went through my ups and downs with me and really were like children to me becuase pathetically perhaps they became my social life at home when I was alone and feeling sick or depressed. Don't get me wrong it is not like I am a hermit, if i can get out of the house i do and have some good friends. Both of my cats died last week. So thats probably the hardest with all of these issues surfacing these last couple of weeks.
As the name implies.....IBS sucks!