I have and underactive thyroid and have recently been diagnosed with DD following a barium enema. Would really appreciate some advice.
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Two years ago I had one episode of rectal bleeding and was scheduled to have a colonoscopy. The week before this was due to take place my Uncle died in hospital. I found out his death was caused by 3 perforrations to his bowel whilst undergoing a colonoscopy! Needless to say, fear kicked in and I declined the procedure (I know what you are all thinking). My GP prescribed lactulose, citing co-codamol, which I take for a long standing neck injury, as causing constipation and thus the rectal bleed. Fast forward to August 2013. After a light lunch I suddenly began experiencing severe abdominal pain, I couldn't stand upright and it hurt even to breathe. I went to lay down, but had to dash to the loo. As I sat down, the pain became so bad I really thought I was going to die. I began to shake, sweat,even though I was shivering and my vision went - it was like a white out - I couldn't see, I got the urge to push, pretty much as you do when you are having a baby (a lady on here described the pain like that of childbirth - couldn't put it better myself!). I yelled for my husband, doing the drama queen bit "Help me I think I'm going to pass out" bit and as he came in to offer his support, all hell broke loose. Never in my whole life have I seen such a mess, blood and you know what in the toilet bowl. Sorry for being so graphic. The pain subsided after that and I was able to go to bed with a hot water bottle and sleep. The bleeding continued for 2 days and I went to a local Walk - In Centre. The Doctor there described my experience as classic symptoms of Diverticular Disease and told me to see my GP to make arrangements for tests.
I explained my reasons to my GP for not wanting to have a colonoscopy. He fully understood, he also explained that coleorectal surgery had been his specialist field when he worked in hospitals, which reassured me. After examining me, he said he couldn't find anything sinister, but best to get me checked out. I've had the barium enema, which has shown I have Diverticular Disease, but the Consultant would like to perform a sigmoidoscopy, to check for piles or polyps. Is this procedure similar to the enema with regard to little discomfort and does it take long?
The other thing is, I have only had this one bad experience. I now take fybogel rather than lactulose and still take the co-codamol, as I do find it also helps with the pain. I don't get diarrhea, having only had it the once at the time in August. I do however have stomach cramps and the feeling of trapped wind, but no feeling of fullness or bloating, is this normal? I have also had the odd, miniscule bleed, but literally nothing more than a 'spot'. Reading other people's experiences I am beginning to wonder if I am extremely lucky and suffering from only a very mild form of the disease.
Anything anyone can tell me would be appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read my post!
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