Share your tips with fellow community members! If you haven’t found a good gastroenterologist, what challenges have you faced?
I have worked in healthcare for the past 40 years. My IBS-D began 10 years ago after treatment for an early form of a blood cancer, followed by a celebratory trip to Jamaica after my treatment had been completed. Wound up with a GI infection and chronic IBS-D. It has made life so difficult as most of you know. I have not felt that my condition has been fully understood by any healthcare professional that i have seen. My tests (most recent over 5 years ago) have all been negative which in my opinion causes IBS to be "blown" off by gastroenterologists. Most recently, i decided after 5 years to try with a GI specialist again. What a waste of time. The doctor (a young lady) wouldn't even look me in the eye. Just said that IBS is like a roller coaster ride, you'll have your ups and your downs. REALLY! If only she could walk a day in my (our shoes). I never have a day that i don't have to scrutinize every bite i put in my mouth. I am so angry with the system the health care providers lack of empathy and assistance for persons with IBS-D. Has anyone found a helpful gastroenterologist?
Have you found ways to manage your IBS-D on your own?
Sending hugs, Karina (team member)