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My GP just referred me to a GI specialist. I am wondering what I can expect. I am IBS D & C.Should I be prepared for some icky tests?? My anxiety has shot through the roof just thinking about it.I know that IBS is usually diagnosed when tests come back negative but I have never had any tests done before (just blood, stool, urine and a barium swallow).Thanks!-Marnie
 

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hi marnie- i can't give you too much prior knowledge because i am only 13 and i know that different tests are done as you get older but my dad also has IBS and i know we both went through many blood tests, which aren't too terribly bad. i also had the upper GI done twice and my dad also had the lower GI. None of these are by any means pleausurable tests but you won't die from them. I found the more i worried about them the worse it was for me. Just try to stay calm- drink some chamomile tea- that is important at your stage of the game. GOOD LUCK!!! i know you'll do fine! lots of hugs!!! (((Claire )))
 

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hi marnie- i can't give you too much prior knowledge because i am only 13 and i know that different tests are done as you get older but my dad also has IBS and i know we both went through many blood tests, which aren't too terribly bad. i also had the upper GI done twice and my dad also had the lower GI. None of these are by any means pleausurable tests but you won't die from them. I found the more i worried about them the worse it was for me. Just try to stay calm- drink some chamomile tea- that is important at your stage of the game. GOOD LUCK!!! i know you'll do fine! lots of hugs!!! (((Claire )))
 
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Hi Marine,For starters since you GP just refered you to a GI you can expect a wait. My inital apt. was book for 4 months in adanvce. I kept calling the office looking for a cancellation I was feeling so bad and then finally i got one. I think i had to wait about 6 weeks.The first apt. is just a meeting to talk about your sympthoms and generaly info. My doc did a rectal exam and then booked an apt. to have a flex sig performed. A flex sig is when the GI sticks a camera up your butt and takes a look around. I found it wasn't that bad at all, it took about 15 minutes. During the entire test the doc was walking me through what was showing the the TV screen. I know it sounds sick but it was reassuring for me. After that she did some additional blood tests. I went back for a follow up and my GI said everything is fine. I find now if I am having any pain or discomfot I go to my GP and she gives me medication that helps. Good Luck with your apt.StaceyPS What part of Canada are you from?
 
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Hi Marine,For starters since you GP just refered you to a GI you can expect a wait. My inital apt. was book for 4 months in adanvce. I kept calling the office looking for a cancellation I was feeling so bad and then finally i got one. I think i had to wait about 6 weeks.The first apt. is just a meeting to talk about your sympthoms and generaly info. My doc did a rectal exam and then booked an apt. to have a flex sig performed. A flex sig is when the GI sticks a camera up your butt and takes a look around. I found it wasn't that bad at all, it took about 15 minutes. During the entire test the doc was walking me through what was showing the the TV screen. I know it sounds sick but it was reassuring for me. After that she did some additional blood tests. I went back for a follow up and my GI said everything is fine. I find now if I am having any pain or discomfot I go to my GP and she gives me medication that helps. Good Luck with your apt.StaceyPS What part of Canada are you from?
 
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Hi Claire and Stacey, thanks for your responses.Stacey - I know what you mean about having to wait, my appointment isn't until the end of February!!! I'm from Vancouver, BTW...Claire - Chamomile tea does wonders for my nervous stomach!!Thanks for your help and support!!!
 
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Hi Claire and Stacey, thanks for your responses.Stacey - I know what you mean about having to wait, my appointment isn't until the end of February!!! I'm from Vancouver, BTW...Claire - Chamomile tea does wonders for my nervous stomach!!Thanks for your help and support!!!
 

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There probably won't be any icky tests on that first appointment. Your dr may want to schedule some, but since they all require some preparation, such as not eating for a certain amount of time, or taking something to clean you out, so you'll have a little time to get used to the idea of any tests your dr. may order.On my first visit, a nurse took a detailed history from me, in an office. Then the dr came into the office and discussed things with me from the history, and asked more questions. Or maybe we went straight to the examining room. Then he had me lie down in the examining room and palpated my abdomen. To my pleasant surprise, he didn't look at my butt. The dr. talked to me some more afterwards, in the office, and told me he wanted to do a colonoscopy to rule out ulcerative colitis, etc. and that was it!
 

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There probably won't be any icky tests on that first appointment. Your dr may want to schedule some, but since they all require some preparation, such as not eating for a certain amount of time, or taking something to clean you out, so you'll have a little time to get used to the idea of any tests your dr. may order.On my first visit, a nurse took a detailed history from me, in an office. Then the dr came into the office and discussed things with me from the history, and asked more questions. Or maybe we went straight to the examining room. Then he had me lie down in the examining room and palpated my abdomen. To my pleasant surprise, he didn't look at my butt. The dr. talked to me some more afterwards, in the office, and told me he wanted to do a colonoscopy to rule out ulcerative colitis, etc. and that was it!
 

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I also just recently had my first visit with a GI...it sounds pretty much the same as what Luna posted...however, he did do a rectal examination on me. Lying on your side, in the fetal position-he checked inside and found that I had blood in my stool. He scheduled a colonoscopy with biopsies to rule out colitis for me a few weeks later. Boy was I nervous about that procedure! But not to worry-if you do have one in your future I would report to you that it was a rather fun experience! The nurses were wonderful, I was allowed to take my husband into the room with me, and it was my first time "going under"...didn't feel a thing or remember much about anything that happened that morning. The worst part about the entire thing was the day before of fasting, fluids and laxatives-blech! (can anyone stomach jello or broth anymore?!) So...to sum up-if he schedules a colonoscopy-don't be anxious-it's really not that bad at all! Good luck! E.
 

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I also just recently had my first visit with a GI...it sounds pretty much the same as what Luna posted...however, he did do a rectal examination on me. Lying on your side, in the fetal position-he checked inside and found that I had blood in my stool. He scheduled a colonoscopy with biopsies to rule out colitis for me a few weeks later. Boy was I nervous about that procedure! But not to worry-if you do have one in your future I would report to you that it was a rather fun experience! The nurses were wonderful, I was allowed to take my husband into the room with me, and it was my first time "going under"...didn't feel a thing or remember much about anything that happened that morning. The worst part about the entire thing was the day before of fasting, fluids and laxatives-blech! (can anyone stomach jello or broth anymore?!) So...to sum up-if he schedules a colonoscopy-don't be anxious-it's really not that bad at all! Good luck! E.
 

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My first appt. with a specialist was for 5 minutes. She didn't check nothing. She just said that I needed a colonosopy and set the date. She said at that time she would be able to see any problems I might be having. What is really interesting for me is that it doesn't bother me at all to be rectally examed. But, I don't like the sigmodiscopy sp exam. If the doctor has not given you orders to fast and do enimas sp, you will be fine on your first appt. So don't expect much to happen on your first visit. Don't be scared, you will be fine. It is scarer not knowing what is wrong with you. Right?
 

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My first appt. with a specialist was for 5 minutes. She didn't check nothing. She just said that I needed a colonosopy and set the date. She said at that time she would be able to see any problems I might be having. What is really interesting for me is that it doesn't bother me at all to be rectally examed. But, I don't like the sigmodiscopy sp exam. If the doctor has not given you orders to fast and do enimas sp, you will be fine on your first appt. So don't expect much to happen on your first visit. Don't be scared, you will be fine. It is scarer not knowing what is wrong with you. Right?
 

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Thanks Eric!Those questions are great. I will bring them with me when I see the new doc!!!Marnie
 
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Thanks Eric!Those questions are great. I will bring them with me when I see the new doc!!!Marnie
 
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