I agree with this. My regular GI, even though he was being told my swelling and fever, and was telling me to go to the ER, was still saying "Its IBS and if the amitryptiline doesn't work I don't have any way to help you." >.< It seems like once they make up their mind its hard to change...Kiki (and this goes for StarGirrrl too): It seems like some doctors just have to have their way, even if they're wrong, you know? Like, they're doctors so they get a little bit of a god complex and think they're smarter than their patients and what they say is the absolute truth, even if there is evidence that says otherwise. My grandfather is a retired judge and he's definitely got that mindset. He loves to argue with people and he almost always gets his way because he's 100% sure that he's right, even when presented with evidence to the contrary. I think it's just a personality thing, and if your doctor is stubbornly sticking to IBS and is ignoring what your old doctor said, then it sounds like it's time to dump that doc and get yet another opinion from a new doc. Just chalk it up to "irreconcilable differences" or whatever you'd like to call it. Just my two cents!
Star, I hope you can get your scan! Glad to hear your gall bladder and kidneys and liver look fine, at the very least that's three more things to check off the list of possible causes, right? I hope your GI comes around to the idea of this being IBD, but if not I hope you're able to get in to that GI specialty center you mentioned in an earlier post.
They saw ulceration, blood,and scarring w/ my recent colo. The biopsies were more consistent w/ UC, but my GI said it looks allot more like CD. I am on meds, and did high dose steroids. I've had the stupid IBD 7 panel which originall was consistent w/ CD at age 16 when my colo was normal. Now when I had it, it was inconclusive.Jamie Lyn: They found inflammation but they are not clarifying which disease is causing it? That blows me away! Biopsies are hard since Crohns and UC can skip parts, so you could get normal results, but they saw the issue! I hope at least you are getting some sort of treatment that is helping your flare.
I have had bouts with mucous before, and I mentioned it to my GI when I was going to him, and he shrugged it off, saying that the colon just excretes mucous as part of its normal processes. But I don't have it now, and I only see mucous when things are worse for me GI-wise. And I have read posts on IBS forums where they say that they have mucous issues also. So maybe it is a symptom of guts that are just in general not happy, whether they are inflamed or simply irritable. But I'm sorry, I don't believe guts that are behaving normally produce enough mucous to be seen with one's eyes.They actually kind of brought me down, because they say mucus in the stool is a symptom of IBS...which makes no sense, if IBS is a brain to gut issue why would there be mucus involved?
Well whether or not this will appear I don't know but my GI did say he would have me see a dietician so maybe it won't be a waste of time after all, lol.Just checked the nutricia site and it says they are fat free, lactose and gluten free but contain milk protein. They say they are a supplement to diet but my ibd dietician had me on these only for a few weeks until the Pred messed with
my blood glucose.
Star, In the uk you have to meet certain criteria before you can get any of these supplements on prescription as they are tightly controlled. It may be you need a dietetic referral to get supplements.