I seem to have sufred from this for years and why i have not demanded a colonoscopy i will never know.
My doc seems to have diagnosed IBS without a colonoscopy being done.
This is going to sound awful but about 3 years ago i had a scare where i thought i had contracted a HIV..as i waited out the window period and it came back negative (thank god) but during this time I had some serious diarrhea that just got worse and worse. It really was a nightmare..cramps etc.
This seemed to ease off after a while but now i get it in flare ups. I went back to the doc again about a year later as i was finding blood on the toilet papaer and he di an external examination...blood tests, stool sample etc then said it was probably due to the about of stools i was passing that i had an internal fissure and that was causing the blood. He gave me anti spasmotics and immodium which helped.
I have just had another flare up and its lasted now for a week and a half already. I am worried about work and under a bit of stress but i always get the poain in the morning.
I wake up and everything is fine (i dont wake in the night with it)...then as soon as i start thinking 'oh no i am going to get an attack' the intense stomach pains start and i have to run to the loo and it is just water. I get lots of gas...i get awful gurgling in my stomach and top left of my abdomen. Its just really getting me down. I think maybe i need to change my diet.
No coubt hopefull it will go away again soon but this flare up is really getting me down. EVen when my stools arent watery i have mucous in them sometimes. Also the current stools really smell and so does the gas.
Do you think i should demand a colonoscopy or sit with the diagnosis of IBS. I am not so sure anymore??
Doctors (I think wisely) try to avoid putting patients through colonscopies unless it has become a longterm problem. Basically because the prep is a very VERY unpleasant procedure and the test is expensive too.
However if youre symptoms keep reoccuring, you may end up without a choice.
The colonscopy could rule out a bunch of things. If they find nothing at all, and they cant think of anything else, then they call it IBS.