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   Posted 10/5/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I have IBS, or so I believe and cramping in the lower left abdomen. I'm visiting a GI doctor this Thursday, the appointment was for the 25th but I rescheduled because I cannot take the pain any more.

I was just wonder if Gastro doctors are aware of pelvic floor problems and testing, because I am experiencing those symptoms as well. Should I bring this up to the GI?!

Thanks, Drew

David Martin
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   Posted 10/5/2010 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
You should always bring up anything your concerned with, your GI could know but if somehow not he/she could point you in the right direction. Im sure some other members could be more knowledgeable than me and give you a answer.
Adam, 16. Birthday Sept. 30.

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis a little over four years ago. I no longer have UC. I had surgery may 25. Final surgery is to be around the day before or after thanksgiving.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 10/5/2010 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
The good ones will...if they don't send you for tests find one that will!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

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   Posted 10/5/2010 10:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with OHIO finding the right professional to take care of you is so important. It amazes me how little some docs and nurses know about ostomies.

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   Posted 10/6/2010 7:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I never found gastroenterologists any good.  If he is no good then find a colo-rectal surgeon instead - they have more expertise in the whole gastrointestinal field and functional problems like the pelvic floor disorder and muscle control etc - a good colorectal surgeon will give you every test under the sun to do with your large bowel and rectal function - some will also test the small bowel. It all very much depends on your history and symptoms. 
I am from UK so things are probabily slower here as they dont like spending money on you. 
so good luck in your quest for health.
Karen 48 years old
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic Floor repair
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction/diagnosed slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection-partial volvulus resulting in worsening of colonic inertia (cleared obstruction though)
March 2009: Loop Ileostomy
23 Sept 2010: Ileostomy reversal

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   Posted 10/8/2010 6:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Drew,
Just checking in to hear how your appointment went yesterday. I hope the doctor ordered some tests to get to the root of the problem and come up with a solution for you to feel better.

I had left-sided Crohn's, and when it was flared up, the pain was terrible. In hindsight, I should have asked for pain medicine, but my doctor never suggested it, and at the time, I didn't know to ask. Keep us posted on how you're doing.

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 10/9/2010 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Life Happens,

Google the article "Physiological Testing of the Colon, rectum, and Anus" by Bruce Orkin, M.D. Pay the 99 Cents and get the article. It is well worth your while. Take if from me. I did not have this crucial info prior to entering into a disastrous pelvic reconstruction surgery that almost ended my life. If I had had this information prior to making a surgical decision, I would not have gone down the road I did.

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