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Good afternoon all. I am new to the forum. I was in a motor vehicle accident on the highway last January, a little over one year ago now. I was rear-ended by a van going approximately 60 mph and had three points of impact as I was stopped in the traffic jam. Ever since, I have been on a slew of pain medications, medications for insomnia, medications for PTSD, anxiety and depression and IBS. I never had IBS and when I initially discovered it was just a few short weeks after my accident. I thought it was the medications causing my IBS-D but it isn't, they may be contributing but they are not the cause. While I would like to get off of everything, I am afraid.

My employer (lets just say one of the largest in the world) terminated me "administrative termination" even after I offered options for coming back to work. My life hasn't continued the way it was before the accident. I am in constant pain, whether I take the Bentyl or not. I have to take it before even putting food in my mouth or else I will have 3-4 days of flare-ups. I end up not eating or drinking much because I don't want to experience the feeling of razor blades everytime I wipe. I'd rather starve than go to the bathroom again. Somedays, I can go near 20+ times with just mucus or bile 10 of those times. Otherwise, it's typically just watery diahrea. Then I end up completely gassy, abdominals in pain and with painful indigestion. I do not want to go out anywhere, I don't want to grocery shop or socialize much because I am not comfortable. I hurt. I have been tested for the typicals, gluten, wheat, etc. and I have no allergy. The next step is a specialist visit with the gastroenterologist on Mar 5. I take acidopholis, and Bentyl now for the IBS but am concerned because even when I think I am having a great week, my bowels tell me otherwise.

Since their is no test for IBS, what is the gastroenterologist going to do? Are there some specifics I should ask him? I never had this before the car accident. It is seriously ruining my quality of life more than the other permanent injuries I sustained.
 

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Where did you hear it was IBS? The gastroenterologist will likely do an ultra sound and maybe an upper and lower gi to rule out something that could have happened during the accident. Just give him your history - write it down while it is clear in your mind. Medications can reek hell and havoc on your system also- make sure you let him know all of what you're taking, prescribed and over the counter.

Hope you're feeling better...
 
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