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I am revisiting the issue of my diagnosis some 9 years ago of IBS. I became sick one night while at work with stomach cramping and diarrhea. I continued to have flare ups with this same sign and symptom so I went to the doctor. My doctor ran a few tests and referred me to a gastrointerologist and they did a colonoscopy. Nothing was found in the colonoscopy and he ruled that I had IBS, the only thing left he could come up with. He prescribed Dicyclomine (Bentyl) and I have taken it on a needed basis since then.

I work a somewhat stressful job and requires me to work 24 hours and 48 hours off. I have had several episodes of gastrointeritis over these 9 years too, which I have never had before. It is like this thing just hit me one night and I have not been the same since. I hate it. It also seems that I have more occurrances while at work usually at night. If I get up in the middle of the night and run a call, I can usually bet that I'll have a flare up and be praying that I do not get another call. I take my medicine and it usually takes about 30 minutes and the cramping feeling goes away, but now I am so gun shy that I still hope for no more calls.
This IBS has left me no option except to leave the field and take an office job (still with the fire service I work for), but now I am having to work in an area that I really do not want to be in. I want so badly to be on a truck running calls and helping people and doing what I have been doing for the last 17 years. Can anyone provide me any suggestions, offer any encouragement, or tell me what I should do? I feel strange about this because I am usually on the other end, but this thing has hit home now and my way of life is being affected and I need some help.

Maybe I should have test redone, more tests and screenings. The medicine seems to work, but I want something to prevent it so I don't have to wait for a flareup to deal with it.

Going Crazy...

Georgia Medic

Oh yea, one more thing...it is the IBS-D that I have, or think I have.

[This message has been edited by GeorgiaMedic (edited 07-09-2003).]