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Advice Man
posted 09-30-1999 10:55 AM           Edit/Delete Message
For anyone with IBS,

If you are concerned about your IBS, just get a colonoscopy. It's the mother of all
colon tests and needless to say one of the
easiest! I had a flexible sigmodoscopy done last year but it wasn't enough re-assurance for me because they only check 1/3 of your
colon. And that bitch hurt too. The prep
for colonoscopy is more involved but it was so easy, I didn't feel a thing. My IBS sysptoms have gone, knowing there is nothing physically wrong with me.

Best option until virtual colonoscopy becomes available. Go for it!!!

posted 09-30-1999 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for britta   Click Here to Email britta     Edit/Delete Message
I had a colonoscopy last week, doctor said that the exam went fine, he didn't see any problems. He took biopsies and those also came back fine (he says 'there were no problems at the biopsy site'). He however cannot rule out Crohn's. I have an abdominal ultrasound scheduled for next week, followed by an upper GI and a small bowel follow through.

Colonoscopys are not the end all be all test.


Advice Man
posted 09-30-1999 01:03 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Good luck,

I disagree with you. Colonoscopy may not be
the only test but the one that rules out
the most amount of sicknesses that have
overlapping sysmtoms with IBS.

I also had the small bowel follow through.
The test is very easy, just eat light
the night before and it will be very fast.

A couple of questions for you:
1. If the doctor saw nothing abnormal
in your colon what did he do a biopsy of?

2. Reavaluate your symptoms. As far as I know
IBS is mainly triggered by a lack of coherency between your small intestine and
your colon, thus " I... Bowel S....". For
the upper GI they are going to check your

Your doctor must be concerned about non-IBS
symptoms to have you do those extra things.

For those patients with IBS that suffer
diarhea, constipation and cramping
a colonoscopy can provide a great deal
of piece of mind. Such symptoms are unlikely
to be triggered by the upper GI.

posted 09-30-1999 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chrisseese   Click Here to Email chrisseese     Edit/Delete Message
I agree that a colonoscopy is a test that should be done before I final diagnosis of IBS is given. Until you actually get in there and take a look, you can't be sure that IBS is the problem. I suffer from both IBS and Crohn's. The symptoms are pretty much the same for both, just different sided pain.

Before settling on a diagnosis of IBS with a colonoscopy, I also believe a person should have the small intestine examined either through a barium study or CT scan. Crohn's disease can be anywhere in the intestine, so to completely rule it out, you need to look at the large and small intestine.


If a toilet is my throne, I want a padded seat!!

Karen (Canada)
posted 10-03-1999 01:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Karen (Canada)     Edit/Delete Message
I am new to the bulletin board and received a diagnosis of IBS-D last fall. I did not have a colonoscopy or any invasive type of tests done. After reading this bulletin board for the past few days, I am realizing that there are lots of people suffering from the same symptoms as me, but should I trust that the diagnosis is correct?

I was not given any information on this illness and out of desperation tried to find information in the public library, which was either written by doctors and very hard to understand or written by people with the illness which was great but I could only find two books like that. I have also read some things in these books that scared me. Like linking this illness to more serious illnesses, like it is a natural progression?

I have just started on Dicetel pills again (I had used them for awhile last fall with success) so that I can eat again. I don't know what these pills are but they seem to work more during the day than at night.

I am also fairly new to the internet and am very happy to have found such a great site with lots of information on IBS.

I have never heard of products like Caltrate or any over-the-counter products that might help ease the symptoms, except diovol. I am very disappointed that doctors don't seem to have any information available for their patients when they make a diagnosis of IBS.

Anyway, I am glad to have found this site and will be listening in daily.

posted 10-03-1999 02:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Homebound     Edit/Delete Message
Personally I will not have a colonscopy done. I think it's based alot on the symptoms and the age of the person. True you can have anything at any age, but the older you are the more chances of having something else rather then just IBS increases.

Symptoms such as blood in the stools, pain always on one side ect...would really make me lean towards having one. But my symptoms are food related, stress related, hormone related, and all started after giving birth to a large baby who tore up my body *so to speak*. I'm almost 22 years old, and I honestly think that because of my particular symptoms it's nothing but IBS. So does the 4 doctors that I've seen.

But if my symptoms were to worsen (to the point of not being able to have a normal life at all), or if I get new ones I will result to having these tests done. Till then I'm afriad it's *exit* only for me. LOL


posted 10-04-1999 03:42 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I agree with Advise Man. I was scared to death of the Colonoscopy - not the test but the prep really freaked me out. Took me two years and I finally had it done when a co -worker was diagnosed with colon cancer- not caught in time. She was a terrific lady & she passed away at age 43. The colonoscopy shows the doc the entire colon. I ask the same question why would a biopsy be taken if no pollups were present? I would ask the doctor that. My results were fine & I still have IBS but knowing nothing is seriously wrong helps mucho. Lets hope they have the virtual colonoscopy very soon and I'm sure many more people would be tested without all the stress theat the test now creates!

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