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posted 02-10-1999 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nesaby   Click Here to Email nesaby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
how does the dr. decipher who has ibs and who has crohn's. I have had a lower gi that came back negative and I just had an upper gi today with a small bowel follow through. After this I am supposed to get an colonoscopy or something like that. What i want to know is with the ibs do you just wake up one morning in terrible pain and then you have it? I can't understand how you can just be living your life and then one day you wake up and your whole intestines are messed up. I have abdominal pain and bloating, dry skin, a slight temperature, then some days d's and other days I am so constipated. The other thing is, you are not supposed to get stressed out when you have an intestinal disorder, but how do you avoid stress, when your stomach is so large or so noisy or you spend your break time in the bathroom?
thanks for letting me vent


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posted 02-10-1999 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blair   Click Here to Email Blair     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Blood test and small bowel follow thur as far as I can tell.


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posted 02-10-1999 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LizM     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am replying on behalf of my 12 y o son (away on camp - a big deal in itself!). He has always suffered from C but after a gallstone removal last year developed different symptoms - nausea, stomach pain, D etc. and obviously some foods did not agree with him.

The gastroenterologist was convinced he had Crohns, but the gastroscopy and colonoscopy (yuk!) were negative. He then seemed to lost interest while the symptoms got worse. I think if those 2 procedures are clear, you don't have Crohns. It's then a matter of watching diet and stress. I agree with you on the stress thing - it seems to aggravate IBS but also really hard to avoid it - dreading the consequences and wondering how you are going to deal with it.

Investigating non-drug means of helping your body cope with stress may be helpful. Good luck


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posted 02-23-1999 03:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you want to rule out Crohn's then you need to get a colonoscopy with BIOPSIES.
Tests done on these biopsies will confirm your diagnosis. Only this will give an accurate diagnosis. There are many types of diseases that cause the same symptoms and you have to test for all of them to get a correct diagnosis. Good Luck

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