Thought I would blog today. I saw a GE (gastroenterologist) Consultant on 5 Feb. Didn't really feel that confident after the meeting. 20 minutes of talk, and then he dictated his letter to my GP for 10 minutes. Not had that experience before and over the last 3 years been going to the Nuffield Orthopaedic re shoulder probs/ops - more pleasant experience in terms of wait time, negligible there 1.5 hours at the JR. I digress. At the end the GE said he didn't think I had a "syndrome" - think he was referring to IBS?! And not got signs of pancreatic cancer (my worry worry worry as Dad had it). That was more of a relief really. So he gave me a form for an endoscopy and asked if I knew about linseed. My sister reminded me we used to oil our hockey sticks with the stuff!!! So I came away with an IBS sheet from him, how kind. Thought you said I didn't have the syndrome? Yes, you've got constipation and diarrhoea (incontinence!) - the occasional need to get to the loo, yes, post a rich meal and a bit of wine.
Phoned the hospital and my appointment is on Saturday at 8.00 a.m. which is fast and good. Got the paperwork yesterday evening when I got home and aaargh, the things I have to take to clear my gut. Thought I'd better give them a call about things and they confirmed it would be an idea to take a half day off the day before. This stuff is designed to give you severe D and one should stay close to a toilet. OH KAY So I'm having a good meal (freezer stuff only unfortunately not been shopping) and may enjoy my last glass of wine before next Sunday.
All this process starts on Friday at 2pm, senna, at 4pm and 7pm the next dos of some powder which lasts from 30 minutes to several hours of cleaning the bowels and may get some intestinal pain. Can't wait. NOT! They even advise getting some zinc or castor oil to avoid soreness. As if that isn't bad enough, yesterday I developed a little friend down below and he won't budge. Help where's the ring cushion I had after my daughter was born!
So that's my story so far......
I'm sure most of the other bloggers and forum peeps on here know all about this! I don't want to know the horror stories.
Finally the GE said I won't make a follow up appointment as you won't need one (as in there's nothing wrong with you).
I hope he's right of course, but the pain has been real.
Today, I have no pain and I think shall I cancel this or not????
On Saturday night, if I'm not knackered, I'll let you know how it went. Think positive.
I don't think my symptoms are as bad as some on here but it would be good to move forward and rule out things.
Thanks for reading Vronx