IBS Diagnosis

I had been diagnosed with IBS for years with no solution for my painful attacks other than Buscopan. When I finally had my colonoscopy the dr realized I was in trouble as he could not perform that test. I then went for a colonography and after that I was scheduled for a barium X-ray. After that it was off to the surgeon who removed my sigmoid colon due to severe diverticulitis which had ruptured into my uterus. I had a four hour open surgery and ended up with a colostomy for 15 months. After I had that reversed I waited another nine months to have five hernias repaired as well as my abdominal wall. I guess in hindsight I should have gone for a second opinion instead of letting my dr put me in the category of IBS which could mean a variety of things. I complained of pain but he didn’t take me serious. My surgeon said I had so much damage in my bowel that he was surprised I could even walk. Some days I was doubled over with pain but I could manage the pain and it would go away in a day and I would put it off to IBS. Since my surgeries I now feel great but wish I had pushed for an actual diagnosis earlier as I was 64 when I started having my surgeries and I went for very long time having diverticulitis attacks. Now my main concern is being careful with my diet as I am prone to blockages and will be for life.

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