Alrighty, so I got the details on what went on at the appointment. He was told to take magnesium when he gets the stomach cramps only. As for the scope, he said the doc said he'd do a 60" scope, which I assume means the sigmoidoscope. My husband has had this before a few years back (before I met him) and does NOT want to do it again. I agree with you that it doesn't make sense to do that and not a colonoscopy since anything found with a sigmoidoscope will need to be checked out further. Plus, if a scope has to happen, at least my husband can be knocked out and not remember it, lol.
I looked at the notes that the doctor wrote for him. The doc is an MD, board certified in family med, but relies heavily on homeopathic treatments. So my husband was told to take metamucil and benefiber, excercise for stress relief, and quit smoking (yes, he's a pack a day smoker, ugh). Apparently this doc recommended he let him do accupuncture to help with the smoking cessation, so he might try it as he's been trying to quit forever. Anyways, he also said no more dairy (probelm, hubby loves milk!!!) and no more fast food. We are going grocery shopping tonight to buy fiber rich foods that are ready to eat bc thats the main reason he gets fast food - he doesn't feel like making anything himself when i'm not around.
Also, we bought him acidophilis about a year ago and still have it in the fridge (does it expire?) so I will make him start taking that again. Basically, the doctor said he pretty much has "undiagnosed IBS".... since he hasn't ruled anything out, but he does suspect IBS.
I think its really up to me to get him to change his diet and take these extra supplements... what a fun task! Thank you all so much for your help with this, you're all awesome :)