Intro - IBS-PI and looking for advice!ibs-pi
Posted 02 March 2013 - 01:45 PM
I'm new to the forum and I wanted to share my story.
On November 2, I came down with a fever. I thought it was just the flu, so I just took it easy that night. My fever broke the next day. The one other symptom I started having was horrible stomach pains. I thought those were probably flu-related, so I tried to wait them out. However, in the early morning hours of November 5, I found that I couldn't sleep because my stomach pains were so strong that they were actually waking me up again and again. The pain seemed to be concentrated in the lower right part of my abdomen. I was concerned that I might have appendicitis, so I went to the ER.
I ended up spending several days in the hospital and having a variety of tests done. My small intestine appeared to be pretty inflamed, and the inflammation levels in my bloodwork were pretty high. The doctors ruled out appendicitis and put me on a course of antibiotics. I continued with the antibiotics after I left the for hospital for about another week and a half.
At that point, my GI wasn't sure whether or not I had had an infection or something more chronic, like Crohn's. Everyone seemed pretty confused, because I really had no other symptoms besides the fever, pain, and inflammation. I wasn't experiencing diarrhea or anything like that. I had another CT scan which showed that the inflammation in my intestine was decreasing. A week later, I had a colonoscopy, which was normal. I continued to have pain and discomfort in my stomach for weeks after that, however. Eventually, my GI put me on another course of antibiotics, one of which was Flagyl. The Flagyl made me horribly sick, so that didn't work out. I was also taking probiotics at the time. She then put me on an anti-spasmodic (can't recall which one) to see if that would help. No dice.
I went to see a specialist at a different hospital, who basically told me I was fine, I probably had had an infection, and I should keep waiting it out. The final test I had was an MRE of my intestines, which was normal. I got a final call from my GI, saying that she thought I had IBS-PI, and that I should check in with her again in six months.
By that time, it was mid-January. Since then, I've tried to just do my best to take care of myself and move on. Initially, I was still having pain daily. As time went on, it seemed like things were improving. I would go days with minimal pain or, if I was lucky, no pain at all. I started up my running routine again.
A week ago, I started having pain again. It's not as sharp as when I initially went to the hospital, but it's the worst I've felt since I got out of the hospital. I'm back to having daily pain of varying degrees. I've had diarrhea on and off for the first time. The pain seems to ease up a little bit if I lie down and rest for long periods of time, but as soon as I'm up and about, I'm uncomfortable again. I've tried to be sensitive about what I'm eating, which seems to be sort of helping too, but I'm getting frustrated. Is this just the normal course of business for IBS-PI? I know that it can take months or even years for symptoms to subside, but I don't know if I should be alerting my doctor again or if I'm just being a baby.
Please advise! And so glad I found this forum!