Hi everyone. Can I ask what sort of diagnostic tests you have had and what sort of referrals I should ask my GP for?
My symptoms started about 5 years ago after a meal out. I had really bad diarrhoea for the following 48 hours that then recurred every few days for about 12 weeks. I put it down to a bad case of food poisoning. I then had about 8-12 weeks of lower abdo pain. I had had a gynae op so initially thought it was that but then went to GP when the pain lasted longer than I thought it should. He asked about bowel habits, said it was IBS and gave me mebeverine. That had no effect on either the diarrhoea or the pain.... I generally have a BM anything from 5-12 times a day, with associated lower abdo pain and cramps. A little like period pains. About two or three times a year, although it has now been three time is the last three months, I get anything from 4 days to a fortnight of excruciating, cold sweat inducing pain that I can't seem to control. I've tried paracetamol, ibuprofen, codeine, buscopan and everything else you can buy over the counter. None of them have any effect on the pain. Last time it was so bad I ended up in the doctor's surgery and they ended up sending me to A&E. I had an x-Ray and a gynae scan but nothing seems to have shown up. I'm really scared of the pain coming back because it seems to get worse each time and last for longer. I'm terrified that one day it just won't go away! I have to go back to the docs to get the results of the scan and want to ask him for a referral or something but not sure what to ask for! Sorry for going on a bit but haven't really put it all down like this before! Thanks for reading.