Hello. I suffer from IBS-like diarrhea. A few years back, I went to the doctor for something unrelated to my digestion and was prescribed Prednisone among other meds. Within 2 days of starting the meds, my IBS-like diarrhea disappeared. I was essentially cured. So I went back to eating Mexican food, spiced up tacos, and fajitas. Sure enough, this abuse brought back my intestinal problem in about two weeks of visiting those Mexican restaurants everyday.
Recently, I went to a gastroenterologist and shared my Prednisone experience with him. He told me that Predinsone would not have the healing effect that I experienced. So I researched online and sure enough, Prednisone is an anti-inflammatory that IS used to fight intestinal inflammation on a short term basis. I even read about people like myself who were prescribed Prednisone for unrelated conditions but ended pleasantly surprised at the near magical curative power it had in their digestion.
So my question is this: Should I continue to put myself in the hands of a gastroenterologist who has no idea that Prednisone is a second line drug used for intestinal inflammation on a short term basis? I pressed him on the Prednisone question but he left me believing for a moment that Prednisone is never, ever, used in the practice of gastroenterology. The medications I showed him are:
1) Prednisone 10mg CORTICOSTEROID
2) Meloxicam 7.5 mg NSAID
3) Methocarbam 750mg SKELETAL MUSCLE RELAXANT
4) Ranitidine 150 mg ANTACID
The last 2 are unlikely to have done anything for my intestine. The first two fight inflammation. I couldn't find any information on Meloxicam being used for intestinal inflammation. That leaves only Prednisone. I showed all 4 to my gastroenterologist but he dismissed all four as having no benefit to my digestion problem. Since he recommended a colonoscopy, I'm a little worried about his competency. What should I do?