Posted , 6 users are following.
I went to my primary care doctor with symptoms of IBS-which I had since May 20th, bloating right after eating, urge to go after eating, cramping on my lower abdomen and gas, also frequent urgency to go. Some days I'm almost ok and normal and then the next couple of days everything repeats. I do not have a diarrhea or constipation type but rather a mix (one large piece will come out solid and the other broken down-small spastic-colon chunks and pieces will follow, or when my tummy is really upset it will just be a soft pile of mush). No blood in stool, no red flags or fever, my appetite is good otherwise. He did not seem to care or listen, I literally had to hold his hand down just to do a basic metabolic panel blood works-which came back yesterday as completely normal. He suggested that I take probiotics and go on elimination diet, to exclude all dairy, sugar and wheat and see if my symptoms improve. Did not want to do an MRI or CAT scan. He also gave me a referral to see a gastro doctor if my symptoms did not improve and I still needed to go. I started taking probiotics and slippery elm and my symptoms seemed to have improved for a few days and then came back. So basically it varies day to day, one or two days are good and then I'm back to square one. Naturally, I'm feeling very anxious with this unresolved issue. Unfortunately, I currently do not have a private insurance/money to see a better doctor and tied to this medical group and the gastro referral that he gave me was to see a doctor/s on the edge of town (the only place/gastro that takes that type of insurance) where there's a homeless corridor and the doctor is rated 2 stars had numerous botched perforated colonoscopy jobs-thus I would never entrust such people to perform any invasive procedures on me, let alone a colonoscopy! So, I'm stuck and worried sick, assuming the worst things, of course. If these symptoms do not improve I have no other option but to go to an urgent care near my home which is sort of a mini hospital because they can run tests and have a CAT scan and an MRI inside and maybe I can persuade them to do some testing.
0 likes, 17 replies