You are right, you shouldn't let IBS ruin (and rule) your life.... but that is easier said than done. Most of us here run our lives around it. The best thing you can do you are already doing: demanding you are heard. For too long I went undiagnosed with insinuations that it was all in my head. Don't be brushed off and don't let docs boss you around without any explanation. Go to your doc and ask WHY you shouldn't take both D.A. and Zelnorm. To be honest I don't know of anything else your doctor can try instead of Zelnorm. What else is there??? Please come back and let us know.
I was 17 when IBS started to rear it's ugly head. My mother was frustrated with me and the doctors. I complained to her but never managed to speak up to the docs. I went almost 10 years undiagnosed... finally, almost a year ago I couldn't take it anymore. Back to the docs and this time around I tried not to take too much crap. Every test they asked for I demanded an explanation. My mom especially needed to know why a 26 year old would need a colonoscopy (when she at 50 had never had one).
What I'm trying to get at is that we need to speak up for ourselves. Do lots of research, ask questions, challenge the docs and suggest treatment options if you haven't heard it from them.
That's why I love this site so much. It continues to educate me everyday.
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Post Edited (7Lil) : 11/3/2005 10:40:07 AM (GMT-7)