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Hi all - i've been away from these boards for quite a while. Problems with my pc which i won't bore you with.OK - i've had ibs-d for the past 20 years or so - it was diagnosed after a barium follow-through.Symptoms have kind of grumbled along but overall i've been able to lead a more or less normal life and have been able to manage the symptoms ok. Then 6 months ago, i quit smoking and whoosh!! the worst attack of ibs i've ever had, and the most prolonged one too. It seemed to calm down when i started taking probiotics and for a month or 2 i felt better than i had felt for a long time.OK - about 3 weeks ago i had a nasty attack of flu - sore throat, aching joints, shivering,..etc. And alondside of it came a recurrence of my sypmtoms only this time they really meant business. Blood, mucus - sometimes that's all i passed...yukky, acute, debilitating, the lot. Eventually i saw the doc - i kept putting it off cos i was so scared. it was a new doctor and she was basically horrified that i'd had no one monitoring or supporting me soince the initial diagnosis 20 years ago. She said that when anyone with a chronic illness that they have been managing up to now, reports a sudden and dramatic change in their symptoms should be investigated and also, she thought that the symptoms i described were indicative of inflammation...and the dreaded IBD was mentioned. my worst nightmare. I'm now waiting to see a specialist. Can anyone tell me what to expect? what tests might he or she do? and where can i find a list of symptoms for IBD? i am so, so scared.Help!liz
 

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Lizbec, sorry to hear your scared and having problems. You may want to ask this question on the IBD forum for help.If you do a search on IBD you will find a lot of information.Good luck with this, the flu can make the symptoms of IBS worse and you might have hemmies, or something, but blood iis a red flag and should be cecked out so its good your doctor is checking you out. You also treat IBD differently so you want to be treating what you have going on either way IBS or IBD.Post to that forum though for help.
 
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