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Old 05-01-2012, 01:46 PM   #1
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Refered to gastroenterologist for digestive symptoms

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I am relativley new to HealthBoards, and also pretty much a novice to learning about digestive symptoms, although mine have lasted for five years on and off. I have had constipation with overflow diarrhea (that's what my doctor says it is, gets worse with use of macrogol/electrolytes, don't know what its brand name is called in English). I also get cramps before, during and after a BM. Lastly, I have lots of acid reflux, but that could be unrelated. My GP observed my bowels are irritable, that's why she prescribed the macrogol/electrolyte combo. I also got an anal laxative which did nothing and was stopped. Other things of note are that I have an eating problem (induced purging) and B12 deficiency.

I don't know really what my question is, other than what you think I can expect from a gastro consultation, and what yout hink I should ask this doctor or tell them. I have lots of other s ymptoms which my doctor knows about but aren't GI-related. I am 25-years-old if it's important. Any support, suggestions and comfort are much appreciated.

 
Old 05-06-2012, 12:08 AM   #2
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Re: Refered to gastroenterologist for digestive symptoms

Hi there....
Don't be discouraged it will get better .. I am also going to see gi in a few weeks
Try to relax, drink lots of water and eat healthy.
Good luck to you and keep us posted on your progress.

 
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Re: Refered to gastroenterologist for digestive symptoms

Well, make sure you can describe your symptoms clearly, what makes them better and what makes them worse, and how often and how severely you have them. The doctor may send you for tests right away, or he may start off by prescribing a treatment.

 
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Re: Refered to gastroenterologist for digestive symptoms

Hi,
I am answering your question because I have been under a specialist at my hospital for some years.
After my first couple of consultations I realised there were things I had meant to ask and they had gone completely out of my mind at the time and as soon as I got home I knew I should have asked a particular question.
So, what have I learned that I can pass onto you!!...
Write down every symptom that concerns you, ask "What if" "Why" and most important "What side effects might I experience, if any". Give your written details to the consultant and refuse to be hurried.
I hope these few tips will help you and I wish you the best,

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Hi,
I am relativley new to HealthBoards, and also pretty much a novice to learning about digestive symptoms, although mine have lasted for five years on and off. I have had constipation with overflow diarrhea (that's what my doctor says it is, gets worse with use of macrogol/electrolytes, don't know what its brand name is called in English). I also get cramps before, during and after a BM. Lastly, I have lots of acid reflux, but that could be unrelated. My GP observed my bowels are irritable, that's why she prescribed the macrogol/electrolyte combo. I also got an anal laxative which did nothing and was stopped. Other things of note are that I have an eating problem (induced purging) and B12 deficiency.

I don't know really what my question is, other than what you think I can expect from a gastro consultation, and what yout hink I should ask this doctor or tell them. I have lots of other s ymptoms which my doctor knows about but aren't GI-related. I am 25-years-old if it's important. Any support, suggestions and comfort are much appreciated.
You will probably have a rectal exam done by the doctor and possibly x-rays,or colonoscopy,fecal occult stool sample test.
Ask him/or her to what they think about bowel retraining program to combat constipation without the use of enemas,stimulant laxatives,ducolax suppositories,prescription medications and go naturally by increasing fiber intake slowly and drinking lots of water ? I would like to know what they say about doing it this way. The reason I am saying this is because just a little over a year ago I put myself on this bowel retraining program to combat chronic constipation without any doctor being involved or even know I was doing this and it works. I now eat a high fiber diet 25-35 grams a day,drink at least 64 oz. a day of water,take a fiber supplement twice a day, make sure I sit on the toilet everyday at the same time for 30 minutes to have a bowel movement. As long as I stay with this routine everyday I no longer get constipated . I don't use stimulant laxatives or enemas to make me produce a bowel movement. The best part for me is I no longer have the pain and agony of straining and forcing myself to produce a bowel movement to the point of tears streaming down my face from the pain just trying to go.

 
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