New Member and Help with a Bowel Problem...
Hello, I'm Vanessa and I live in Leeds, England.
I've joined the board to share my experience and in the hope that I can maybe get a direction to work out what's wrong with me...
I'll start at the beginning - bear with me as this may be quite long winded!
When I was on holiday in Spain in June 2007, I was admitted to hospital with severe abdominal pains in the right hand, lower side of my stomach. Appendicitis was ruled out and I was asked by a surgeon if I'd ever had any operations. I said yes I had a laparoscopy in 2005 for a 'probable' burst ovarian cyst. It was never actually confirmed that's what it was. They then focussed on the gynae area and I was subjected to lots and lots of internal examinations etc before they decided I had a swollen right ovary and administered an IV of antibiotics for 5 days. I was sent home to England with doxycycline antibiotics and within two weeks of finishing them, the pain was even worse than before.
I was admitted to a hospital over here and I told the doctors that I believed there was something wrong with my bowel. I've known I've had IBS since I was about 14 years old (I'm now 24) and although I hadn't been officially diagnosed, I knew that it was IBS (instant diahorrea, spasms etc). This pain is completely different.
They wouldn't listen to me and insisted it was gynae related again, telling me that they were going to arrange a gynaecologist to come take some swabs etc. All this was done and sent off for analysis. I felt so frustrated that nobody was listening to me. They finally agreed to try something and said they'd do a laparoscopy. When I came round from the operation they told me that my fallopian tubes 'looked swollen' and that they thought I had PID from a sexually transmitted disease and they 'didnt know how much damage you've done' as you can imagine I was deeply upset - not only about the diagnosis but also the fact I was made to feel like I was dirty and that I brought this on myself for sleeping around, which I do not.
After I was discharged from hospital with 3 different antibiotics to 'clear up' the PID, I went to the Gynae Outpatients where I was informed that all of my tests were clear, I did not have PID and that he believed it to be bowel related.
I pushed my GP for an appointment with a bowel specialist which I received in the November (bearing in mind I'd had this pain since June). I have since undergone various tests etc and they cannot find anything to suggest an ulceration or inflammation in any part of my intestines. They're still just clinically diagnosing IBS.
The way to describe the pain is a constant dull ache (imagine a really bad headache) that is worse on movement and increases in intensity the more I move around. Stress and anxiety also worsen it as does eating fibrous foods - feels like someone is scraping a scalpel down my colon. It is always in the same place, it has never moved since I started with it in June.
The doctors have tried me with antispasmodics, fibre drinks etc. Nothing helps as it isn't an IBS type of pain.
I've now been prescribed an anti-depressant to take on a night to relax my body which they believe will help my 'spasming' intestines. I only started taking it last night so cannot yet comment on their effects but my mood and anxiety have taken a complete nose dive and I feel so down about this situation that I've started doubting myself and think maybe I am making all of this up. I was hoping that someone has had a similar experience so I can be pointed in the right direction....
Sorry for the essay!!