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Hi everybody!Wow - ok I've seen the gastro specialist and he his pretty certain (even too confident) that I have IBS - C. Let's say he has a reputation of giving that diagnostic toa lot of his patients.I dont know what to think.I will describe the pain that i experience almost every day and if someone (or many)has does it might give me a cue.It usually starts (it might sound funny) by a itchy feeling in the back beetwen theshoulder blade or the middle of the back. Then i feel like a pressure in both the frontand back of that region. The only solution that i have found useful is burping...It usually stays there for almost all of the day. It is an unpleasant feeling - this burningsensation stays all of the day and most of the time i dont feel like eating...It use to be worse - it use to be more like heartburn sensations that would bring pain all along myoesophagus giving me back pain sensations up to my jaw. I really tought it was an heart attack !I was given pantoprazole 40 mg that i take every day but the pain usually comes back 2-3 hoursafter taking it. The doctor sent me for a breath test that came back negative... since thenhe is pretty sure (because i'm constipated) that it is IBS-C. He doesnt want me to do the endoscopyand other tests. I went for X-rays of the lungs and back and everything seemed fine.He said i had the classic symptoms of IBS-C and just gave Dicetel and a laxative...I'm really a the end of the roll here - i feel that it could be worse ( cancer ??)I lost some weight cause i dont know what to eat anymore.i also have a high cholesterol problem even if i eat healthy foods and dont drink alcohol.i had my gall bladder removed years ago..Those sensations in the back like a pressure makes me crazy.Anyone with those symptoms before i go cuckoo.
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Given that IBS is a very common disorder (5-20% of the population have at least mild symptoms of IBS depending on the survey) I would not think that a doctor diagnosing it a lot is a problem. Most of the people he sees for GI problems, statistically, will have IBS. It is less likely they all have something that only effects 1 in several thousand compared to 1 in 20.Pain is a major symptom of IBS.Pain is only a symptom of colon cancer in the last couple of months before it kills you. Colon cancer is such a problem specifically because it rarely causes annoying symptoms that make you go to the doctor to find out what is going on. Colon cancer is extremely rare in anyone under 50 unless you are from a family with a polyp disorder. Unless half your family dies of colon cancer before 50 you probably don't have to worry about that until you are elderly (they start looking for polyps at 50 but typically those don't cause cancer for another 10-30 years and most do not ever become cancerous)Some people still have functional problems with the sphincter left when the gall bladder is removed so the pain location being like gall bladder disease could in part be a functional issues with that.The constipation means you probably have IBS as well.Weight loss when you don't eat is NORMAL weight loss. Nothing about IBS prevents weight loss when you restrict calories. Maintaining your weight when you don't eat enough would be something that needs to be investigated. Losing weight when you don't eat is normal and healthy.Some people's livers make more cholesterol than others no matter what they eat. It isn't a symptom of any particular disease. It is just what your set point is.FWIW pretty much every single description of pain you can imagine is consistent with IBS. Doesn't matter if it is pressure or itchy or stabbing or dull. The only thing that isn't IBS pain would be a few specific locations, but usually those are things that are acute (like a bad gall bladder) and severe rather than chronic and something where you would be up and about typing on a computer.You may have some functional dyspepsia on top of the IBS since you mention some upper GI symptoms. FD is also very common and lots of IBSers have FD as well. Some doctors tend to call all functional GI problems IBS rather than divide them up into all the different ones the researcher do.
 

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You can always seek another opinion & ask for a colonoscopy or other further tests. Sometimes when a patient is young and has no history of GI cancers... they will do minimal testing as chances are - percentage wise - that nothing sinister is going on. But if you would feel better having some more testing done... seek another Dr's opinion & ask for the testing to be done.And from what I have read, taking something (like a stool softener at the least to a laxative agent at the most) more daily can help keep impaction from happening.
 
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