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Old 06-26-2002, 03:12 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I am an IBS sufferer, just found out early this year. I suffer with all sorts of stomach problems, IBS and Gastritous. It is the most unconfortable feeling. If I get anxious, I have to make a run for the toilet, if I get sad, same thing. If I don't eat, (b/c I am sometimes too scared to), my tummy gets really bloated and burns, then I eat and well, it goes down hill from there. Has anyone seen "Gun Shy"? I can't remember the lead actors name but he's well known, Sandra Bullock plays as his nurse... Anyway, he reminds me of me. I go to the bathroom at least 5 times a day, on a good day. My doctor scheduled a Colinoscopy and I was too chicken to do it. I still am. I know it is something I have to do, I am just too chicken, mostly embarrassed. I'm glad I found this web page, it really helps to read other people's experiences. If anyone out there wants to share with me your experience with a Colinoscopy and upper and lower GI, I would appreciate it....

Thank you all so much.


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Old 06-26-2002, 09:14 PM   #2
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Ottawa, Canada
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Re: Ibs

Hi Michelle,

I had a colonoscopy done. I think the worst part was the prep - They give you phosphates solution (If i remember that right) which tastes terrible - you have to take it with enough water afterwards - and all day long it makes your stomach feel sick. Ughh!

The colonoscopy lasted all of 20 minutes - and compared to getting diagnosed properly, its nothing. You'll be able to get those prescription meds like smooth muscle relaxants etc... which are very, very helpful in reducing your troubles - if you have ibs.

On the other hand you could have something that is very easy to solve... which would be a bonus for having done the colonoscopy. As for embarrassment - the GI probably won't remember a thing - apparently 80% of the patients who visit GI's have IBS.

Cheers, Raju.

Old 06-28-2002, 11:26 PM   #3
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Re: Ibs

I had a colonoscopy done a few monthes ago. I agree that the worst part is the prep. They gave me an iv and I was out-don't remember a thing about it. Then you feel so much better once you know it's nothing major. good luck

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