IBS

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I have not been officially diagnosed with IBS..because I refuse to have a colonoscopy because that would be a living hell for someone like me who is anxious...I was wondering if any females with IBS who have the soft stool version of IBS..not the constipation part..when the have a bowel movement it feels like a period cramp? When I have what I call an IBS bowel movement it is soft and I feel like I am having cramps and then I feel  like I want to vomit ...it is the worst feeling ever!!! Any suggestions on how to stop this hell?

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    Can you not get put to sleep for colonoscopy i never went through with it one time also but plucked up the courage to get it done i now have pain again and to get another one done in january and i am a anxious person not looking forward to it but if you need to find out whats wrong i think we need to try and get things done like colonosocopys...the worse part about gettin it done is taking drink before hand
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    The problems are: my anxiety triggers are not being able to eat...pooping and being drugged and put to sleep...Those all make me extremely anxious and yes Ill be put to sleep but I just don't see myself being able to make it through the day before the colonoscopy..I don't have the courage to flush out my body
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    Hi

    I really do understand what you are saying, i did not want any of the tests, i had a colonography and endoscopy, finally got to see a consultant, he now wants me to have a colonoscopy, i do not want it done, but if i do not he will not help me.

    I was not asleep for the other 2 procedures, and the prep is the not so nice part of it. if i had to choose which one was worse it would be the endoscopy.

    please think about this and try, i just had to think of all the people that have this done, it helped me to see it through.

    Junie

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    Dear taytime,

    I am male but I would like to offer you a few words to try to relieve your anxiety.

    1) I have been diagnosed with IBS and I do get very stressed up about things in general.

    2) I paid for my own colonoscopy after the first consultant said"We need to rule out the possibility of bowel cancer." and I discovered there was a 35 week waiting list on the NHS. Just for your information it costed me £831.00.

    Obviously, I was a bit concerned on the day of my colonoscopy but the nurses were very caring and the consultant gave me pethidine injection in the back of the hand and entonox to breath if I felt stressed during the examination.

    It was not a big deal, it sounds worse than it actually is in reality.

    I was a bit spaced out during the examination as if I was drunk and I was telling the nurses my repartee of jokes much to the consultants amusement.

    3) Cramping during and after a bowel movement is usual for me, so I take Buscopan which is an anti-spasmotic drug which stops cramping. Some people prefer mebeverine, it does a similar job.

    We are all different so you must find what works best for you.

    Well this is a male perspective of your question, hopefully some females will also reply and give their take on this matter.

    Hope this is of some help to you.

    Best regards

    Robert

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    Hi taytime

    when I went for my colonoscopy 12 months ago they give you an anasthetic it's not a full Genral like for big operation but trust me when I say you can not remember anything at all that's happened because they need your body really relaxed and if you tell them you have a problem with been anxious they will do everything for you that they can to make it easier on you ok good luck 

    regards Nadine 

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    taytime,

    Nadine 00 is absolutely correct, you can have this sedative type drug offered to you and you cannot remember a thing about it afterwards. I forgot this when I did my write up. The problem was I am fairly heavy and they wanted me to be fairly awake to help with moving around for the examination. As I said, even without the sedative it wasn't a big deal.

    Best regards

    robert

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    Hi Taytime. I can understand your anxiety I am similar when it comes to medical examinations etc. I avoid doctors and hospitals wherever possible.

    I have suffered IBD for over 20 years now and my symptoms swing from constipation to diarhea and mucus. I have had all medical examinations, tests and medications available. I have endured just about every action of IBD. Sometimes the cramping is so bad yes it feels like period pains and I have vomited at the same time (not a nice mess to clean up but it has happened) Most Other times there is no cramping or nausea at all. If it's cramping badly it's quite a bad flare and what I do is avoid ALL fibre foods and fresh fruit and vegeatables /nuts etc. I only eat white refined foods like white bread, boiled or baked potatoes, cheese, eggs, basically the unhealthy stuff we are told not to eat in the media. Your flare is caused by an irritation of somekind whether stress or something you've consumed. Main triggers are... spices, lager, lots of fibre, lots of chocolate, there may be other things that you personally will flare on so keep an eye on what you ate 24 hours before a flare. Try to keep stress and worry to a minimum. The worse thing is to worry about having a flare as it makes it worse.

    I manage my symptoms quite well by removing most  fibre from my diet. Even when constipation strikes as fibre makes it worse. I increase my liquid intake then and perhaps some prune juice or a handful of nuts to get it moving. It always works for me and I haven't had to go back to the doctors in 2 years since I changed my diet to low fibre easy transient foods..

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      That is where I feel depressed...they are telling me to eat a high fiber diet so my bowel movements are less loose ...It is miserable I hope we all will heal I hate not being able to eat whatever anymore...=( or being scared of food because of what may happen and I do not want to be on pills my whole life =( I hate IBS I wish we were all cured and there was no such thing...
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    hi taytime..im also a very anxious person, i've had 3 colonoscopies and they really aren't so bad, theyr done under conscious sedation so you can respond to instructions and pain etc but you don't remember anything once the sedation has worn off..try to pluck up the courage to have one done, it is the specialists best not so invasive diagnostic tool for colon problems..the other benefit too is that should the surgeon find small problems like polyps they can be removed and biopsies taken of the colon during the colonoscopy- no need for a 2nd prep and/ general anaesthetic!
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    i would go along with the colonoscopy because that can tell doctors a lot i have had this procedure a couple of times and not nice as it is it is benifecial to you.when you go down to theatre ask the doctor that is doing the procedure to give you alittle more midazolam. although you are not fully asleep this stull makes you so drowsie you cant remember a thing,so first things first go ahead with the procedure because if you dont you wont get anywhare.i have had far worse.as i say just tell the doctor you are very nervous and ask for a bit more of that drug.the resoen i know about all this is because i have had quite a lot of procedures and so i have learned quite i bit.but do not worry it will be fine

    ian

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      Could not agree more ian it can be very nerve wrecking i put mines of till i had to go and get it done back in 2013..and never felt a thing they are inside you then out and no pain and you can watch your bowel on the camara thats your choice i am getting it on monday come again still a bit nervy but has to be done worse part of gettin a colonoscopy is taking the prep drink..
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