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CT Scan – Should I be scared?

My doctor ordered a CT scan with contrast dye to rule out other problems before making IBS diagnosis. Is that a normal thing to do? He said he believes I have IBS and gastritis but because my moving abdomen pain and constipation alternating with diarrhea has been going on for a month he wants to be sure there is nothing else first. He is concerned that the pain often radiates to not only lower back but middle back sometimes too. I am scared of CT with dye because of cancer and allergy risk. Has anyone else has one of these and if so how does it go? IV or drink.


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  • Natalia
    10 months ago

    Hi,
    I’ve had a few of these scans, first in 2010 when I first got IBS and yes this was to ensure that’s what I had.
    Then, I had a couple more just 2 months ago, one was without liquid & the 2nd one was with liquid. I had severe abdominal pain, worse than my normal flare ups & in this case it turned out I needed to get my appendix taken out. The 2nd one with liquid was to ensure it was my appendix given that I have IBS history.
    I’ve also had an endoscopy & colonoscopy if you ever have questions about those.

  • Chris Hall moderator
    11 months ago

    Hey @sara35 – Thanks for submitting your question! I can definitely understand the concern about the scan. While we wait for others to chime in, I thought I’d share an article with you that details what to expect during the scan: https://irritablebowelsyndrome.net/testing-and-diagnosis/ct-scan/. Take care! – Chris, IrritableBowelSyndrome.net Team

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