Will I sound like an idiot if I bring this up to my gastro?!

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   Posted 10/6/2010 5:03 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 wondering 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

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   Posted 10/6/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
In order for you doctor to provide you with the best care, it's always best to be candid and open with your doctor on your symptoms.


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   Posted 10/23/2010 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
You definitely won't sound like an idiot. Doctors wish their patients would give them more information about how they are feeling. The doctor can only treat you based on what they see and what you tell them, so if you work together and tell him how you are feeling, and what you think might be the cause, or might be contributing to your symptoms, it will help a great deal in treating you. Your doctor will be glad if you bring it up, as it will only help him/her decide where to go next with your treatment or testing. I used to be quiet in the doctors office...but I've been there so many times because of these issues - now I've learned my lesson, I make them work for that co-pay! Keep us updated, I hope you start feeling better soon. Stomach issues can be funny to people who don't have to deal with it, but when you've got them, it's no joke. I know how awful it can be.


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   Posted 10/24/2010 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Drew   I guess it depends on where you live.  For me in our little town I had to go to Portland Oregon for alot of the testing.  As the gastro doc's around here just do the scopeing and do tissue samples...
I too thought I had IBS but I did not.  Ever since my surgery I no longer have any of the symptoms that I had before surgery.  I just had a colon that did not work.  Ask him when you go if he could do a Sitz Marker test on you.  That was the defining test that told my surgeon nothing was working...best of luck to you.
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