Well, my colonoscopy & endoscopy are done & I have been deemed to have no anatomical problems, which leaves the physiological aspect. My doctor (gen. surgeon) said I had some obvious Irritable Bowel "Problems" and that there is no GI specialist in the area that they can/will refer me to. I was given bentyl 20mg and sent on my way.
Today I saw my general practitioner, and I have been referred to social services now to speak with a social worker about bio-feedback. I know nothing about bio-feedback, which I will be looking up on the internet after I write this. Accupuncture was also mentioned as a future thing, which leads me to believe that I am now being sent into this whole mind/body or holistic realm. I can't say that I'm too happy about that, but then I have never been yet, so I'm not really sure.
Up until the colonoscopy & endoscopy, I had severe cramping (or abdominal pain) right below my belly button, along with diarrhea. I suffered with that for 3 months with only Citrucel to take for "relief". Now in the past 2 weeks since the procedures, it seems that my annoying pain has moved into a different place. Twice in one week now I have had awful pain just under my ribcage (all across) & it comes with what feels like chest pain & then it radiates up into my sholders & upper back. Both times I have vomited, which is rare for me. The diarrhea has also come back with a vengeance, which I WAS doing a lot better with.
I have been taking my bentyl twice daily, my Citrucel (2 tabs) once in the AM, and Caltrate w/ D each evening. I am also coming to terms that I am getting more & more lactose intolerant every day, which is VERY new to me, so I take Lactaid as needed. Lately it seems like it's not helping at all. So today I have been put on Aciphex for reflux - which is what my doc thinks the upper pain is from. This is news to me.
I was told that I can no longer get any of the help I need from an MD, even from a GI specialist. The care they say I require has to come from elsewhere - almost like a chiropractor. I'm just so confused & feel like I'm being run through the "system"!
Here's something else that threw me for a loop today: I was told to make sure that I take my bentyl at the same time every day because my body will use it to reprogram itself. Not 10min later, I was told not to rely on it too much because I don't want my body to become addicted to it & have to rely on it. So which is it? I mean, these are the things that go through your head AFTER you leave their office & you want to kick yourself for not having this revelation while you were still in there!
If anybody has any experience with ANY of this, please write in - even if it's just advice. I just want to know if this is what other people have been put through. Is this normal?? What has worked for you? Also wanted to add that I am 5'4" & now EXACTLY 100 pounds.
Post Edited (rgrwfe) : 8/14/2006 4:02:10 AM (GMT-6)