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I've just joined the group after trawling the net for something helpful about DD and this site seems great.
Until about 2 months ago I'd no idea I had DD. I had always put my gut problems down to IBS, which I was diagnosed with years ago.
Two years ago I had a major flare up of intense pain and diahorrea and asked to be referred back to consultant I'd been under. I was sent a letter for a signoidoscopy exam. This filled me with horror as when I'd previously, about 4 years before, had this test and it had been extremely painful and they had to get a surgeon to attend and he basically said he was not prepaired to carry on with procedure as I was in such intense pain. I was then booked for a coloscopy, this too didn't go according to plan and I had to be totally sedated as again the pain was so bad. They did discover I had a large benign polop which was removed, Again I was told I had IBS but nothing about DD.
I eventually got an appointment to see the consultant I'd seen 4 years ago, by which time the pain had gone and I was feeling ok. Basically he did a quick examination and said it was still IBS and that because of all the problems previously with procedures he was reluctant to "put me through them again". I suppose as I wasn't in pain at that time I was more than happy to leave it at that.
Just after Christmas 2013 I began having diahorrea like I'd never had before and was in intense pain on left hand side just under my ribs (that's where I always get the pain). This went on for almost 2 months and I was referred to see a consultant, the previous one had retired I was told so someone new. Again the dreaded letter to have a sigmodoscopy arrived. When I attended the appointment I told the consultant I wasn't having the procedure. He had read my notes so knew what had happened previously. He was so reassuring and easy to talk to and explain how I was feeling. He said he would stop the procedure if It felt at all uncomfortable but it was up to me entirely. I was left alone to decided what to do. I didn't feel under any pressure at all to have it done but decided I would. To start with it went ok but then I started to feel extremely uncomfortable and it had to be stopped. He felt a barium eneama would be far more tolerable than a colonoscopy and he was right. Not the most pleasant experience but far, far better. This revealed that I had DD and to be honest it was somewhat of a relief to know what was causing the intense pain, etc. On the down side I was only given a small leaflet saying eat more fiber and not what to do during a flare up except go to my G.P. for antibiotics if the pain carried on for over 3 days.
I felt I was "left up in the air" so to speak with hardly any information and started looking online.
Recently I had a major flare up and was put on antibiotics for 7 days (Metronidazole) by my G.P. which did help but I still felt after finishing them as if the pain was just "lurking in the background".
My life seems to consist now of watching everything I put in my mouth, also I had a peanut allergy and have to be checking everything for that. I feel so stressed by all this and I really believe that isn't helping.
If anyone has any advise they can give me I'd love to hear from you. I have read lots of your posts and they have really helped me already. Before coming across this forum I felt so isolated with this problem and it's good to know I'm not on my own really but I'm still finding it hard to cope at the moment.
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