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  #21  
Unread 08-16-2004, 09:37 AM
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Big, big s!

Audrey
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  #22  
Unread 08-16-2004, 01:19 PM
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I'm back from the doctor. She checked my stool for blood, which there was none. She is having me bring in a stool sample and she is sending me for a sigmoidoscopy I'm not lookinf forward to any of this, but atleast I might get an answer. She wants to rule out a bacterial infection with the stool sample, but she is suspecting Chron's disease or Ulcerative colitis. So now I wait until I have to go #2 and then take that in and then I wait for a phone call to make my sigmoidoscopy appointment.

For the procedure, I'll have to do a fleet enema. I have never had to do that, but I know many of you have.......what's it like? I was hoping to go through life without ever having to do that Any advice on getting the job done????

I'll keep you posted!
  #23  
Unread 08-16-2004, 04:22 PM
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pasdechat,
I'm glad you called the doctor. You are in my ers. I've had to do the fleet enema. It's really not that bad, I'd actually prefer to do that than to do the awful prep for the colonscopy! I usually put a towel or blanket on the bathroom floor and lay on my side. I continue laying there until the urge hits, which usually isn't too long. It is important to wait for the allotted time as per the instructions, else all that will come out is the water from the enema.

Good luck my Do keep us posted.
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  #24  
Unread 08-19-2004, 01:39 AM
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Hi,
Kim M is right about the enema being easyer than other bowel preps. When I do them I also do it in the bathroom. I lay on my side to incert it, and then I get on my hands and knees, my head close to the floor and my butt high in the air, to let gravity help. Please do as Kim M said about waiting the right amount of time, as it is very important. Good luck and keep us posted!
  #25  
Unread 08-19-2004, 07:29 AM
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Thanks for the tips on the enema. I'm still not looking forward to it, but I figure I have been through so many other things(medically) that I should be able to handle this. I've given myself my own injections before.....if I can do that, I'm sure I can handle the enema! Still, the thought of it.............................

I'll keep you all posted. Thanks so much for the support.
  #26  
Unread 08-19-2004, 08:25 AM
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Like a lot of things in life, the waiting is the worst part. Breathe shallowly. If you can manage to read while in that position (a determined reader can do that) it does help.
  #27  
Unread 08-23-2004, 01:45 AM
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I'm glad you are going to the doctor's. Please let us know how you are.

Another angle to consider is from the hormone point. Every single part of our bodies need hormones to funtion properly and this includes the digestive tract and bowel functions. I see you were removed from HRT, or in your case BC pills because of the blood clots... Have you ever seen an endocrinologist? Maybe a good work up on your body chemistry will show something the other doctors are missing.

I too was forbidden HRT because of a clotting factor but as it turns out, this was exactly the opposite of what I needed. Only when I was prescribed naturally compounded, bio-identical hormones did my blood panel return to normal. I was shocked when I learned how much my ovaries contributed to body functions that I in no way connected before. A lot of women have IBS, bowel, bladder and gastric problems following conditions such as pregnancy, tubal ligation, ovarian cyst, hysterectomy, child birth and other conditions that can interrupt the endocrine system. Just a thought.

Please let us know how you are doing.

Hang in there and big hugs,
  #28  
Unread 08-23-2004, 02:58 PM
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I'm sorry you are having so many problems. I have dealt with many problems with my bowels for at least 20 years now. I was once diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, or ulcerative collitis, which took quite a while and many years of being on sulphasalizine, prednisone, pepcid (for duodenitis, upper stomach pain too), etc. I have had what I thought were bouts of this for many years. When I was in that kind of pain, I couldn't eat hardly anything and felt full after just a few bites of food too. After my hysterectomy and some complications which required several types of antibiotics, I had what I thought was another severe case. Stomach pain, diarrhea, including mucousy, pinkish colored stools or just mucouse only, couldn't eat, etc. I went back to my digestive disease doctor who did another sygmoidoscopy and he said that he saw no evidence of ulcerative collitis, but said that I had irritable bowel disease which also causes pain and constipation/diarrhea. This surely put my mind at ease, and I have been off the sulphasalizine ever since. He had me start taking Metamucil, which I don't like because it causes gas, etc., but in the long run, it does seem to help. Anyway, my opinion is, don't put off seeing a specialist. It could be nothing, which would then put your mind at ease and maybe help you to start feeling better, and then, if it is something worse, like inflammatory bowel disease, at least you will be instructed on how to deal with it. Most problems are dealt with with medications first and any surgeries are done as a last resort. Make an appointment to see that specialist, because in my experience, even if you are having alot of problems and are in pain, they are so darn booked up, they can't get you in for several weeks. Maybe going to your regular PC first would speed things up by him or her making the appointment for you. Take care and I hope you feel better soon!

Karen
  #29  
Unread 08-24-2004, 07:07 PM
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Yes! The only time I ever had "IBS" before the TAH/BSO (occasionally) was definitely connected to my periods. Now I have to deal with it much more often.

Has anyone else noticed all the ads and commercials directed towards women with IBS? Notice the "for WOMEN" only in the ads? The connection between the endocrine system (i.e. HORMONES) and IBS is becoming known to the medical community. (finally!)
  #30  
Unread 08-25-2004, 05:27 PM
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HEY! I TOO HAVE STOMACH PROBLEMS. EVER TIME I EAT I FEEL FULL AND SICK TO MY STOMACH. I GO STRAIGHT TO THE BATHROOM. FIRST I ONLY GO ONCE, NOW I,M GOING 2 OR MORE TIMES AFTER I EAT. I DON,T HAVE ALOT OF PAIN WITH IT. BUT I FEEL SICK WHEN I EAT ONLY A LITTLE BIT. I USE TO ONLY EAT A SMALL PLATE NOW I,M LUCKY TO EAT A SMALL PLATE AT ALL. I,M LOSING WEIGHT AS WELL. DO YOU HAVE THESE SYPTOMS AS WELL? LET ME KNOW. OR IF ANYONE ELSE IS LIKE THIS. I,VE BEEN TO THE DOCTOR AND HAD A BOWEL BARIUM DONE(X-RAY). STILL WAITING TO HEAR.
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