Sadly these forums are pretty quiet nowadays. I pop on every so often, although I have IBD and not IBS.
I have to ask, what kind of testing did you have done before you were told you have IBS? Many people are told IBS without having gone through a million and one tests first. In some cases it's food intolerance or SIBO that's really the cause, but because proper testing wasn't done...
It takes time for biopsies to be checked, etc after you've been scoped so I'm not surprised that you have to wait a few weeks to see the GI for a follow up. Often they can't tell you much of anything until those tests are done. You have a family history of digestive problems, esp Crohn's, so be sure the GI knows this. If need be, get pushy to get to the bottom of this.
I looked up the meds you listed and they're pretty standard front line ones to make you more comfortable. Dicyclomine is for intestinal cramping and spasms (which can be very painful) and Colestipol is to firm up your bowels. Hopefully they'll help until you see the GI.
Sometimes sedation doesn't work for whatever reason - I've known a couple people who were scoped while awake (although one did take a Valium type med and was pretty mellow the whole time). All you can do is make sure it's known that you don't respond to 'X' medication so doctors know not to use that one with you.View Thread
I wouldn't try it. I looked Amitiza up and it's "used for the treatment of chronic constipation of unknown cause in adults, as well as irritable bowel syndrome associated with constipation" so I seriously doubt this would help.
I'd go to her again before switching doctors and ask her why she's trying to treat you with a constipation med when you're the polar opposite. You could also print out this page and ask again for a referral to a GI. http://ibs.about.com/od/diarrhea/a/MedsIBSD.htm (and if you're feeling a little snarky you could point out that Amitiza isn't listed on there... )View Thread
I'm going to second what CalGal says - cutting back is not going to do it. Having that many problems with milk products means you have to give them up completely. Lactaid still has lactose in it - it can work in a pinch to reduce the amount you're taking in but it's not a long term solution.
To defeat this you're going to have to read labels and get rid of most prepared foods. I know - it's not easy. But if you want to feel better it's what you're going to have to do.View Thread
Been there, done that, have the shirt. Early on in my ulcerative colitis days, I was being told that I shouldn't have fatigue problems anymore as my iron levels (which had been really low) were back to normal. I went looking around and found that low B12 can have that affect too, so I asked to have it checked. Do I need to say what the result was...
A lot of the time doctors are only looking at what's happening right this moment and try to fix it, without thinking ahead. Then the next time they see you they've forgotten about what happened last time. I've found a lot of the time I had to 'remind' the doctor about what's been going on with me.
It was only a few years ago I read about how people with colitis and crohn's tend to have low Vit D levels so I asked to have it checked with my next set of blood tests - lo and behold my results were low.
Thankfully the doctor I have now tends to think more holistically, ask how I'm doing, and look at her notes.
If you haven't had it done in the past, I'd suggest getting your vitamin/mineral levels checked. Along with B12 and iron, calcium and magnesium (they counter balance each other) and Vit D would be some easy ones to test. Also have you had your blood sugar levels checked (your 'that age' comment made me think of it).
Not too many people post on these boards nowadays.View Thread
Totally normal. My colitis acts up whenever I have my period and when I asked my GI about it she said that she sees a lot of premenopausal women as fluctuating hormones = fluctuating bowel movements.View Thread
I was hoping it wouldn't be "sounds like IBS" with no testing. IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion - when you've had a thousand and one tests and they still can't find anything, then they say IBS. Your doctor is taking the easy way out and not doing any testing.
I wouldn't worry too much about the blood. As it's bright red that means that it's right at the end of your intestines (further up and it would be darker). Also your description sounds like you have a small cut or something similar. It should be checked out to find out exactly where it's coming from and so you can do something to heal it.