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BENJAMIN
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posted 02-24-1999 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BENJAMIN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am not at all sure of what I have. I know that if I eat a big meal or alot of food during the day then somethimes at night I will wake up to a cramp below my belly button and it will make me go to the bathroom (diareha) and take some peptol bismol and eventually go back to sleep about a half hour to an hour later. next morning I am fine. I normally go to the bathroom (#2) about 2 to 3 times daily, with varing consistancy. I tell my doctor all of this and he wants to do a lower GI (stick a tube up my @#$). my question is two fold, does this seem like a logical first step or starting point and does this procedure hurt? he said that I would be put under for the procedure but is there pain afterwards? Any help, advice, comments....anything would help.

JillAnn
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posted 02-24-1999 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for JillAnn   Click Here to Email JillAnn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Benjamin,

Beginning with a Colonoscopy or a Flexible Sigmoidoscopy seems like rushing things a little.... I know that your Dr. wants to rule out any serious disease, but if all you are having is bouts of D at night, I would say that you may simply be sensitive to something you are eating. Have your tried laying off dairy for a while, could you be lactose intolerant. My Dr. wanted to wait as long as he could to do all those tests, so we tried several medications before I had them. None really helped at the time and I had the tests and the didn't show anything anyway.

If you decide to have the tests, they are a bit humiliating, but you will certianly live through it!!! That way you will KNOW what is in there. But I would check out the food sensitivity or stress sensitivity first!

My Dr. gave me Levsin and then we tried Bentyl before I had any tests done. They are both anti-spasmodics, but also read some of the other posts the other D sufferers have written. Some are having great luck with Calicium.

Jill

BENJAMIN
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posted 02-24-1999 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BENJAMIN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
he did give me a prescription for that levsin your mentioned. what does that do? my doctor was out that day and the other guy in her practice saw me and he does not speak english very well so there was some communicating problems.

Nicol
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posted 02-25-1999 03:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would get the colonoscopy done with BIOPSIES (tissue samples that get tested). It is the best way to rule out other more serious problems as Jill Ann mentioned. It also saves you the pain of going through all of these other tests that really don't show anything at all. This is the BEST test for a correct diagnosis. If the problem is not in your lower intestines, but your upper than you have to take another test, but if you get this one, that should be it. If you don't get the biopsies done the first time then you might have to get another one done. BELIEVE me you DO NOT want to go through this again! These tests are not fun. Anyway it sounds like you have a good doctor. The final decision is yours so do not feel pressured by anyone including me. You know your body and that should help you decide. Good Luck

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