I had a 3 month hx of severe diahrea, abdominal pain, and fullness that my Internest had run cultures, blood tests, and attempted to treat herself. She finally referred me to a GI specialist. The first one put me on a medication - Bentyl - that relaxes the intestinal muscles, and told me I had IBS. At a 2 week F/U I told him the pain was slightly improved, but still pretty bad - and he said let's wait another 6 weeks. He never ran a single test - I later learned IBS was a dx of exclusion. I quickly found a new GI specialist - and she ran every test in the book - blood, cultures, CT scans, and colonoscopy. Her diagnosis: probably IBS, but let's try an antidepressant. I would have to just learn to live with the pain, she said. I was so frustrated I asked for copies of all my tests and was going to get a THIRD opinion - well, when I reviewed all my test reports, something very interesting was in my CT report: "7.5cm mass, likely ovarian cyst". I called the GI Specialist and asked her about this - and her reply "oh it's nothing!" I called my Gynecologist - and she was like you need an ultrasound NOW!
The mass - 6 weeks later - was now 9.5cm and had all the features of cancer - was not an ovarian cyst, but a large ovarian tumor. I was in surgery a few days later. Luckily, for me, it turned out to be benign - but that was pure luck - the surgeon - a Gynecological Oncologist - believed it was cancer going in and prepared me for complete infertility (loss of both ovaries) at 28 yrs old.
Please, ladies, don't allow these doctors to ignore you and send you home with antidepressants. You know your body and if you think there is something wrong - don't stop until they find it! I work in the medical field, so I had no qualms about going from doctor to doctor until they found what was wrong with me. I was very persistant - but even persitance took me 3 months. I have since filed formal grievances with the medical directors of these physicians (they work in large educational facilites) and they actually had a peer review of my case for educational purposes. It was very satisfying that they were able to learn from their mistakes.
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