colonoscopy but still no diagnosis

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   Posted 5/17/2006 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,
Finally had my colonoscopy for right lower quadrant pain and intermittant diarrhea.
Well apparently no problems noted in the colon other than 2 polyps which were removed for biopsy.  Still have RLQ pain exacerbated by eating, some increased frequency of bowel movements but a decrease in diarrhea since the peak in Feb. and March.  The only medications I have are antispasmotics for pain if needed (but they don't hesp) and Metamucil, which I don't like taking as I find I have more pain when I eat a high fiber diet as I was earlier in the year.
Any suggestions for self-help?  I have a follow-up appt with the GI doc on June 1 - What can I expect next?  Or if your symptoms were similar and you have gotten a diagnosis I would love to hear your story.

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   Posted 5/17/2006 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
There is more than one type of anti-spasmodic out on the market; tell your doctor that yours isn't working and you need to try another kind. The kind I got put on has never helped me any either. A lot of people have to tinker with anti-spasmodics to find the one that works for them.

Also, have you tried a different brand of fiber? Some people don't seem to react well to certain brands. I know the FiberChoice pills made my constipation worse and my diarrhea worse (can't win for losing!) and I seem to recall that some people who are fiber-adherents have said that one brand works better for them or gives them less gas than another brand; you just have to experiment with that too.

And have you tried the calcium for your diarrhea? Depending on what's causing your pain, it may not help with that any, but it did help mine and fixed my diarrhea. And have you tried anti-gas pills to see if that helps the pain? You may have trapped gas down there; I think gas can pretty much lurk anywhere. And then there's always the probiotic route. Ask for a test for bacterial overgrowth. There's supposed to be one out where you just breathe into a machine and it analyzes whether you have too much bad bactiera in your guts. You can also get migrating bacteria which sets up shop in parts of your colon where it's not supposed to be; I think that will show up on the test as a bacterial overgrowth (since you have it in extra places). They can fix that with antibiotics and probiotics, but you can always try some probiotics even without that diagnosis; they're good for everyone. May cause a little gas at first, but you should adjust to it. And some people do get relief, in the end, from their gas, bloating and even from their diarrhea or constipation. If bad bacteria is your problem or part of it, the probiotics will help to some degree, at least.

When I went to the doctor complaining of a bad gall bladder, they tested my gall bladder, then did an endoscopy and colonoscopy and that was it. Everything came back either clear or inconclusive (the hida scan--a second one came back clear), so I got labeled as having IBS (I really did have a bad gall bladder, though). Some doctors will only do a colonoscopy; if you don't have UC or Crohn's, they'll pronounce you to have IBS right then and there. Some, though, will do CT scans and small bowel follow-throughs and camera pills. It's up to you to decide if you want all of those tests or if you are comfortable with accepting the IBS label. But I think you should ask about the bacteria overgrowth tests and have some stool samples checked for parasites and things like that, especially if you travel outside of the country or deal with animals daily or walk barefoot a lot or have drunk from a natural water source: those are all ways to catch a parasite. If you live in a big city and haven't traveled anywhere lately, then you probably don't need to bother with it.

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/17/2006 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   

I have IBS-D, so my GI specialist told me a couple of weeks ago. I've had constant loose stools for 2 months now without 1 normal BM.  I've had a colonoscopy, stool cultures, blood tests, Upper GI series and small bowel series x-rays.  He put me on a high fiber diet, including metamucil (I eat the apple wafers that they make, not bad tasting).  My specialist said that the high fiber diet may cause some pain at first.  Once your body gets used to it, the pain goes away.  I have done this and the pain has gotten better since I've been taking it for 3 weeks now. (I also eat Fiber 1 cereal in the morning.) I'd try to keep up the metamucil intake and hope that the pain subsides.  It has helped me a little and hopefully it will for you too.

Have you had presistant diarrhea over an extend period of time without 1 normal stool like I have?

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/22/2006 3:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all,

I've had loose stools for about 5-6 months straight now... haven't had a normal stool for about half a year. The peak of my bowel activity was around Feb/Mar, now it's getting slightly less. I've had x-rays, stool test.. now i've finally gone to see a Gastro specialist, and he's got me to take a blood test and another stool test ... in about two weeks time he'll tell me if i need to have a colonscopy done. But in the meanwhile he's asked me to try metamucil... so this will be my first night on it. Good luck to me hey?

I'll let you guys know how i go also.

Keep in touch all.

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/22/2006 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I fyou have had diarrhea straight for 6 months now, why hasn't your GI specialist already had a colonoscopy done??  That was the first thing my GI specialist made me do to rule out any serious condition.  I'd get the colonoscopy ASAP.  It isn't that bad! You don't remember a thing.
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