• paula glenville paula glenville
    November 01, 2009
    What causes chronic pain in the lower abdomen and back?
    paula glenville paula glenville
    November 01, 2009

    I am a 46-year-old woman. I have been told I have IBS, and I had tissue scar removed last year as well as a polyp. I have had scans and x-rays, and I was told I have an active bowel. I have tried everything from fiber and fruit to different medicines.  My doctor gave me pepermint oil, but does not think I need to see anyone. I cannot take the pain anymore.   I do take pain killers, but it comes on so quick that I cannot move until the painkillers get in to my system. Yes, they do help, but it leaves me with a stabbing pain for days. I have had this 2-3 times a month for 16 years, and I have had enough.

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  • Stephanie
    Health Guide
    November 02, 2009
    Stephanie
    Health Guide
    November 02, 2009

    Has your doctor given you anything for the irritable bowel syndrome? It sounds like you do not feel you are being adequately treated by your doctor. Is it possible for you to find a new doctor and get a second opinion? Have you considered physical therapy for management of the chronic pain? A therapist who is skilled in manual therapy may be able to help.

     

    Good Luck - Stephanie

     

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    • paula glenville
      November 02, 2009
      paula glenville
      November 02, 2009

      Thank you so much for answering my question. i have had laxatives for IBS and pepermint oil as well as liquids fibre gel over the past 16 years. every time i see my doctor he seems to think it is psychological. he just doesnt realise i cannot go on like this for much longer. i thought that having scar tissue removed last year it would have bin the end of it. it was in my bowel bladder and stomach, i was told by the specialist that he might need to see me again, but when i told my doctor this he sent me for a scan and xray, he didnt bother to send me back to the hospital. i have seen my doctor last week over the chronic pain he just gave me pepermint oil and said it is something i have to live with as it was  psychological. i am going to take your advise and change my doctor, everyone has been telling me this for ages but me being me thought that i would stick it out, as i have respect for anyone in authority. thank you once again for your help

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    • Stephanie
      November 02, 2009
      Stephanie
      Health Guide
      November 02, 2009

      I am glad you are going to go to someone else. The respect for doctors thing is a bit of a problem with our medical system. Obviously we need to respect our professionals but we need to rethink what that means. Having a team approach with you as one of the players is how it should work. Your doctor should be willing to work with you. As a PT, I often feel the need to really emphasize that I am part of the team with the parent (I work with kids 0-3). I need them to realize that I can't "fix" their child and that I need them to be a very important part of the team. I need to know when things work and when they don't and I need them to be able to tell me what they need.

       

      Good luck in the search for a new doctor. It is very possible that at this point some of your issues are psychological due to how long you've been dealing with it. It's a normal part of pain. But, you need better answers for what the underlying problem is and you need someone who will listen to you and work with you.

       

      Stephanie

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    • paula glenville
      November 03, 2009
      paula glenville
      November 03, 2009

      Dear Stephanie i will let you know how i get on when i change my Doctor, and hopefully have  an answer and treatment at the end of it all. you have given me something to fight back with, and im feeling a bit more possitive. thanks again will keep in touch.

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