Now I don't know what to think...
My boyfriend went to his gastroenterologist yesterday to get the results of the biopsy tests they had takend when they did the colonoscopy and the endoscopy. Apparently they did the food allergy test with these biopsies as well as testing for parasites. No known food allergies. Nothing.
So my boyfriend tells the dr - look, I am 100% positive that I have IBS. He started telling him about
all the research he and I have been doing and how the symptoms are EXACTLY what everyone describes here - to the tee! And the dr. says - trust me you don't have IBS. My boyfriend kept pushing him at least 4 or 5 times but the dr was really adamant. He said that he has dealt with IBS patients for many many years and at least 50% of his patients are dealing with IBS (we live in NYC area). He is very compassionate about
his patients and is very highly recommended - really one of the best in the city - and he really thinks it is a parasite. My boyfriend is in the Coast Guard and spent a lot of time in central and south america - so it's really very possible that it is a parasite. In fact - we had expected the first two sets of blood and stool tests to come back saying that, but when they didn't AND the colonoscopy and endoscopy showed nothing - we were certain that it must be IBS.
I don't know what to do anymore. The dr wants to put him on antibiotics now and send him to the lab for more blood and stool tests to be done directly at the lab and not be shipped there for hopefully better results. And supposedly he'll test for at least 15 different types of known parasites.
I don't know - I mean, from the horror stories I've read about
some doctors really not caring, or saying it's all in your head, or putting it down to stress only, I have to admit that our dr really seems to know what he's talking about
. I asked him once if he felt that my boyfriend's stressful Coast Guard job could be contributing and he said that my boyfriend is a really calm person and doesn't get stressed easily (very true) and that he's done this for a really long time and knows a lot of people and he really didn't feel that was it. He keeps telling us that he knows how frustrating it is, but to be patient with him and that he will find this parasite - or whatever it is - but he is almost positive it is not IBS. He even pulled my boyfriend aside after the appointment when he was leaving and spent another 15 - 20 minutes with him trying to convince him to trust him, that he really knows IBS intimately and that my boyfriend doesn't have it.
I don't know what to think or feel anymore. I feel totally depressed by this. I know it should be good news in a way - maybe there's a glimmer of hope that it's not IBS and that there could be an end to his suffering - but I feel like we could also go through a million more tests and still in the end find nothing and therefore be back to IBS. You know - you try and prepare yourself for what could be happening - and especially try to prepare yourself for dealing with it for life and now I don't know what to do. Sorry - I just feel really down about
it and can't figure it out.
Post Edited (caladon) : 7/14/2006 8:02:51 AM (GMT-6)