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This is my first time on here, and I have a very urgent question! Is anybody out there in the military (or dependent) and has experiences with military doctors treating IBS???? ANY feedback will be extremely helpful for me!!!! Thank you!
 

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Oh, I so feel for you, I really, really do!!!!I started to have IBS when I was in my later teens, 18, 19. It only got worse as the time went by. I never said anything to any Dr, then when my husband got layed off and joined the Navy,(I was 24 then) I got pregnant with my son. Usually, women with the "D" type IBS have some relief, but mine became worse. I finally broke down and told the nurse on call I had had "D" for yrs. The Dr.s told me to get some more fiber in my diet. I never saw the same Dr, so I would ask and plead with each one, they all laughed it off and told me it was part of being pregnant, and to deal with it. I never did have any good Dr. in the military. I take that back, the Dr who delivered my son was great. I would spend the money and go else where! I hope where you are they are more empathetic then where I was. But IBS is such a unknown disorder to begin with, it is better to go to a specialist! Good luck! I hope I didn't scare you too bad. Please email with any questions, its bad enough to be over seas in the military, then to add IBS with that all. Take Care!
 

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Andrea1973My husband is in the Navy so I have many experiences with military doctors. My experience with them is that they can sometimes be helpful. In the past two weeks I have been told I had GERD, a UTI, Peptic ulcer disease, and finally IBS..that's what the doctors are rest on right now. With military doctors you really have to stick to your guns and if they tell you something that you just know isn't right, call them on it. You also have every right to have a second opinion whenever you want one. It's hard because we don't have to pay for their services so we don't always get the best care. If you are still having troubles keep going in over and over again until they can figure out how to help you. It's their job! Good Luck from a fellow military girl!
 
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Im Air Force retired...My IBS was first diagnosed when I was in the USAF. Back then, IBS was not even acknowledged by many civilian doctors as being an actual condtion....so it was actually pretty neat that a military doctor made the initial call back in the middle 70s. They didnt know exactly what to do for IBS back then (as if they do now)...but I found that, just like with civilian medicine, there are good docs and bad docs...
 
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