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I was originally diagnosed with IBS back in 95 or 96, but I had it since I was a teenager. I stopped going to him because it wasn't like he ever did anything to make a difference other than at one point he gave me some pill that helped with colon spasms... it was like a sedative for it. But other than that, it seemed absolutely useless to see him. I had to do trial and error on my own to find out what works for me. Anyway, I'm still prone to flare ups, but I'm IBS-C that seems to go into periods that I'd classify as remission or borderline remission (at least compared to when it's a major flare up). When that happens I just have to adjust my diet again and do the trial and error thing until I find something that works best. Then it subsides until the next flare up which can be months or even years (surprisingly). So I'm wondering if it's even worth it to see a gastroenterologist. A couple of people had me concerned about polips and cancer, but I've actually read that IBS really isn't a risk factor for that. Is it even worth it to bother seeing a gastroenterologist? It's not like he can do anything to help me.
 

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There are some new medications like Zelnorm and Amitza so if you are interested in that you may want to see them and keep up with what is new.Polyps and cancer is more a factor of age not IBS. If you have family with early polyps and colon cancer you need to be screened (getting many polyps early is a genetic tendancy). If your family has no colon cancer or only in people over 50 then you probably don't have to worry about polyps before then.Some GP's are pretty good at treating IBS so you might just keep with them as they may prescribe medications without going to the specialist and they can help with the when you need to see the GI doc if they are not comfortable treating you.K.
 
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