I would be really grateful for any advice on this, I'm desperate now...
I have suffered from the above for 5 years, during which I have had GPs repeatedly 'try' me on medications, always IBS based then anti-depressants (the latter I don't accept). When I move, the next GP starts at the beginning again! :mad: Last year I finally convinced my doctor to refer me to a hospital specialist. I had a colonoscopy and blood tests; and was referred on to another hospital for an ultrasound. The doctors are unwilling to tell me what they're testing for so I'm completely in the dark. I am now waiting (and have been for 8 months) to go back. I oversaw "possible NAFLD due to weight" on a letter and looked it up. It is a fatty liver disease- my ultrasound revealed very minor fatty deposits on my liver. I am 120 Kilos and 5'10" and every doctor seems to concentrate on that fact alone (I am very muscular; strangely all the fat is on my stomach.) The pain is low down in the centre of my abdomen. I tried a very strict exclusion diet with no improvement.
While I am waiting the GP surgery has put me on 2 weak anti-spasmodics, low dose codeine and loperamide. They refuse to try anything different, essentially insisting that this is 'normal IBS'. They become irritable if I request any further assessment of my pain treatment. I am in incredible amounts of pain and weak from the constant diahrrea. Is there anything else I could ask for? e.g. other anti-spasmodics (GP insists that no more exist- there surely must be others?); anything that would help the cramping pain? Also any possible causes of my symptoms or ways of approaching doctors would be really helpful. Thank you :)
I am worn down, tired and very depressed; having to take too much time off work; and I'm made to feel as though I am just a 'fat man, wasting the doctors' time.' Pretty miserable overall. :(