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Infected Colon-Dr Stopped Treating- Pls Help

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  • Posted By: collie13
  • September 15, 2008
  • 03:23 PM

3 weeks ago I ended up in ER w/ dystended stomach and horrible abdominal pain. My H&H was low. The week prior I had been having black stool (not knowing what that meant). CT in ER showed enlarged & infected colon. ER told me to see GI doc and get a colonoscopy & they put me on cippro and flagyl.

Saw GI doc #1. He refused colonoscopy -without any tests he said was Crohn's disease and wanted to start treating. Didn't feel comfortable- so saw GI doc #2. He said was bleeding ulcer and did endoscopy the next day. Came back neg. - no bleeding ulcer. He says does not want to do colonoscopy- I am too young (38). Here are the symptoms I continue to show: fatigue, low H&H, anemia (I've never had before). I also have some other symptoms that have been going on a long time- but my other docs contributed them to some other medications I'd been taking: significant weight loss, low albumin, diarreha, nausea.

I'm wondering if they shouldn't do the colonoscopy just to rule out anything significant? The only thing he wants to treat now is the anemia. We have a good family friend who had colon cancer at 34- we have personal experience with it-- and I seem to have more symptoms than he did. Can anyone advise? There is no blood in stool now. GI2 did rule out celiac and several other things w/ stool study and blood work. But now only will concentrate on giving me iron- isn't there a cause for sudden anemia ever since ER visit?

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  • You need and should demand to have a colonscopy done. If the doctor you are seeing now wont help then find a new one who will. If you do have crohns or UC a colonscopy will help diagnose and a biopsy or two will not do any harm to you. Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 04:39 PM
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  • Thanks for responding, Kiera. I agree that I need a colonoscopy- and what would be the harm if it finds nothing? I just can't understand why 2 GIs so far don't want to do one. GI#2 promised he would get to the bottom of why I was sick-but then stopped at anemia. My insurance would fully cover it- why not do it and rule the bad stuff out? Part of me says I should accept both of their decisions and let it go. But another part of me says I should stand up for myself. Didn't help that I saw "Mystery Diagnosis" - what a coincidence- guy had similar symptoms as me (he had more bleeding than I had) and his after 2 years of misdiagnosis ended up being stage 3 colon cancer. I don't want to end up like that! I'm just so frustrated!
    collie13 1 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 05:32 PM
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  • Collie, I understand exactly what you are going thru. I have had bowel problems for a few years now myself. I can tell you this much. I had myself admitted into the hospital with diarreah. I was using the toilet about 25 times a day. I never bled tho. It was first after being admitted that they did the colonscopy. I had ulcers throughout my colon. No diagnose tho. So now I have all the same symptoms (not using the toilet as much now) and since my last colonscopy was clear. They say I am fine. My life is ***l with bowel problems and stomach pain, but I am fine... I know that I would never ever have been able to relax if I didn't have the colonscopy done. So.. don't you ever let any doctor run you over. Listen to your body. It is telling you something... Wish you the best of luck.... Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 16, 2008
    • 09:35 PM
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