Did my colonoscopy today

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 2/7/2007 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys
Well the moment of truth has arrived. After 10 months going from doctors to doctors and changing GI specialists i had my very first colonoscopy today. Let me tell you preparing for it was really hard. And you know what even preparing for it i was constipated. Yes a lot came out but i always felt like there was something stuck and wouldnt come out. I dont know what that means...lol
Well i had the colonoscopy and i wasnt sleeping at all. The drugs they gave me didnt help. I actually watched them do it on the computer screen and wow pretty neat stuff. I saw red...blue...green....wierd stuff. Well after it was done the Gi told me there was inflamation. He said it was mild. I asked him if its Crohns. He said if it is its mild and it can be treated. So im guessing that is his way of saying im gonna suffer for a very long time.
He also asked me what my symptoms were since this started. I told him pain on the left side of abdomen and then right side of abdomen. I told him i noticed mucus. Never experienced diarrea. Was tested for blood in stool and that didnt show any blood at all. He took biopsy and he will wait for the results in that. He said i have to do a fat fecal stool test. I have to do that with having 100 grams of fat for 3 days. But im confused do i just dump all the stools in there or do i put them in a bad and label them...the nurse didnt really explain it to me. I also told him that the Flagly worked and he was very surprised.
Well im glad i finally am going somwhere. I cant believe how the other GI's just told me IBS by my symptoms and said no other test was necessary. One laughed at me and said its not that serious. The other told me he isnt god and there is not much he can do. I ask him about tests and he said its not necessary your blood work is fine. I wanna go back and beat the living day lights out of them. It pisses me off that i threw up 10 times in a row and they tell me its IBS. Its like they are selling this syndrome and give you a phamplet and drugs like zelnorm or dicetel.
Well i guess im gonna have to post in the crohns section now. But im gonna post here and there because you guys helped me a lot.
Well let me know about your opinions

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   Posted 2/7/2007 10:47 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have to do a stool test they should give you something called "a hat" like they use in the hospital for specimens. It fits in the toilet and you turn it one way for stools or if they need a 24 hour urine you use it the other way. They need to be more specific as to what they want you to do. You could also "google" stool test for fat and see what it says. These instrucions should be all written down somewhere for patient.

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   Posted 2/8/2007 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey dee,

I hope you don't end up having Crohn's - there's all kinds of inflammation that doesn't necessarily have to indicate this disease.  Sometimes the prep itself can cause inflammation.  Wait 'til your biopsies come back and let us know what's up.  We're here for you!

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 2/8/2007 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Quite surprised GI's always think it's unusual when an antibiotic like flagyl works... with all the literature about small intestine bacterial overgrowth and parasites being a possible cause for ibs how come they don't investigate any further. Right now, i've basically forced my gp with a tonne of articles to convince him that further investigation of possible parasites or sibo being the cause of my ibs. I hope you get a good result out of all this mate.. all the best.
DX'd with Fructose Malabsorbtion Dec 2006
DX'd with IBS May 2006

Current Medications :
None, but occasionally carry Seirogan for fast relief from D.


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   Posted 2/8/2007 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Sarita's right. You may have UC, which is also an IBD, but a lot less serious and debilitating than Crohn's. And then there's some colitises that just cause inflammation, but never an ulcer, and they're even less bad than UC. It's a shame you're constipated all the time, or calcium might could help that inflammation a bit. But whatever they ultimately decide that you have, I'm sure the Crohn's people can give you some good advice on how to avoid aggrevating your situation any further. There are also some of them who are atypical and have constipation instead of diarrhea, and they can probably give you good advice on how to treat the C without making yourself worse.

And I think you're right; "IBS" is too much like the "it's all in your head" diagnosis. They apply it to WAY too many people and they refuse to do anything to help. But PMS eventually got recognized as a legitimate phenomenon after telling women for decades that they were crazy and just needed some valium; I'm sure IBS will eventually be taken seriously too.

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   Posted 2/9/2007 2:07 AM (GMT -7)   
My doctor told me that IBS is just what doctors say when they don't know what the problem is. That is from a well known doc....
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