I was hospitalized with a nasty case of diverticulitis this summer - had a big ol' abscess, etc. - and at my last follow-up visit, my surgeon said he wanted to have me in for a colonoscopy just to confirm it wasn't IBS. I'm doing some research, but it seems to me that my symptoms don't match IBS - what my problem was: I became severely constipated and then severely in PAIN. They did a CT scan with contrast and found the abscess and hospitalized me and put me on heavy-duty antibiotics. At first the doctor thought he might have to do a surgery right away, but the antibiotics seemed to do the trick and now with lots of fiber in my diet I seem to be doing OK - well, other than the fact I continue to have pain in the lower part of my abdomen, a few inches inside my pelvic bones, if I put pressure there (doesn't take much pressure, either). Sometimes there is pain below my belly button, too. I actually spent over a year before I was hospitalized thinking this pain was ovarian cysts, because I'd had a couple ultrasounds that showed I have huge ovarian cysts - even had a surgery to remove an ovary, but when the doctor got in there the cyst was gone. I'm wondering now if they were seeing the wrong thing. Anyway . . . I'm babbling, mostly because this is seriously strange. I also suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic pain from problems in my neck and thoracic and lower back. So, I'm a bit of a mess. . .
Anyway, anyone have any ideas re: diverticulosis vs. IBS and whether I should let him do that colonoscopy, or is he just trying to squeeze more money out of me? Thanks :-)