Mesenteric ischemia, Anyone heard of this?

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   Posted 2/12/2009 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
So, I have had this addominal pain since August.  I have lost 12 pounds and I am finding it harder and harder to eat anything without pain (the kinds of pain that I have to lay down, stop everything and sometimes cry).  I have contipation, diarrhea, and nausea, (it seems to go back and forth between these three) I have had UC for 15 years.  I had a colonscopy on Jan 5th of this year and everything seemed okay with it.  So, I was sent for a CT scan, Gall bladder ultrasound and an MRA of my arteries going to the intestines. 
I went to my GI the other day and he says there is narrowing of one of the three arteries going to the intestines.  He said usually you don't have symptoms until two are narrowed.  OK, so he basically dismisses it as well, one is narrowed and it can't be causing your pain.  I really don't question this(when I am there at his office)  but still no answer as to why I can't eat.  He does say something to the effect that he wanted me to be aware of this in case "someone says later on, Well, in 2009 she had this narrowing".  But I don't think anything about this comment other than "what?".  He says I should up my fiber and see if that helps with the pain as I have alot of scar tissue in my colon.
I go home and google this and find out that maybe this artery thing is my problem.  Has anyone else heard of this or maybe I should be getting a second opinion?  I don't want to continue not eating but I can't tolerate much more of this pain.

Thanks for any advice
UC since 1995 - Entire colon
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   Posted 2/12/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I have never heard of this so I did a Google search :) I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this. It sounds truly awful. But what I've read is that the pain CAN come from having only one blocked or narrowed. I couldn't find anywhere that says about ONLY 2 causing these problems. I don't know, it doesn't seem like your GI has your best interests at heart. Can you go somewhere else for a second opinion?
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