In recent months, i've experienced a pain in my lower right abdomen...As well as problems with being either constipated or having diarrea. My doctor gave me a pelvic exam and determined that it was not my appendix. She thought it might be a cyst on my right ovary, so she ordered me to have an external and pelvic ultrasound. I went to the local hospital to have this done (which was quite humiliating since it was two younger men doing the procedure, with a nurse in the room). My doctor called me this morning to inform me that the ultrasounds were normal - and now she wants me to have a barium enema and a colonoscopy because of the bowel problems i've had. These seem like very invasive procedures to me - and since i'm only 26 years old, i'm wondering if these procedures are necessary. I feel like I should try to change my diet or drink more water, exercise more - something along those lines...Before I get poked and prodded by another doctor. My husband of course is concerned and thinks I should go ahead and do these procedures - but I feel like it's just a little much since i've only had the pain for a few months intermittantly - and especially since the ovary problems have been ruled out. Any advice is much appreciated...I'm very apprehensive about the enema/colonoscopy situation.
All I can say is that it is better for you to get it taken care of right away, rather than waiting. It will only get worse, and worry you to death. I would just get it out of the way good luck to you !!
Kristen, I too have had these pains in my lower right side and I am still having them. I am only 24 years old but these pains started when I was 11yrs. I would do these test just to make sure it could be ibs that s what I was told but I was also told about 5yrs ago I had endometriosis and would never have kids ihave a happy 1 yr old now but maybe the doctors can find out your problem even though mine cant and if they do let me know because I would like to have some comfort too!! But go to your doctor!!!!! I know it can be very frustrating!!
I have had to do both. I was scared of the enema but it wan't to bad. I felt so empty afterwards. I tend to have regular bowel problems. I'm seeking treatment but I now do enemas every other month. I'm not addicted to them or anything but they do help. After the colonoscopy I had really loud gas. If you can try to laugh about it should make you feel better. It was worth knowing that everything was ok then not knowing if there could be something wrong. I was 29 and now 32.
I was only 18 when I had to have both of those tests. I was really sick at the time so really had no choice. I was terrified that I had cancer and was scared of finding out the results. But ended up it was ibs alot better then cancer. Diseases have no preference in age so it is best to swallow your pride and have the tests done. They are not as bad as they use to be, when I had my colonoscopy done 22 years ago it was painful and I was very embarassed, the gas pain afterwards were awful.I was in misery for moer than a day my bowels hurt so much. I was glad afterwards because I had alot of polyps which they snipped out and did a biospy while up in there. I checked out ok but if left those polyps could of turned cancerous. Good luck , I wish you well.
You should go ahead with the procedures recommended by your doc, I know they are embarrassing but hey whats a bit of embarrassment if they find out whats wrong with you or manage to put your mind at rest, hope everythings okay
Yeah, definately have the procedure. I have had both, but I was put to sleep. Because they also went in through my throat too. I lost 16 pounds from the procedure (because they clean you out while they are in there) and it took four years to gain it back.
But besides that great plus, this will rule out a lot of serious problems. It could be ibs which is very easily treatable.
As for the endometriosis it could very well be. Depending on the severity of the disease and where the tissue is growing it can be very hard or impossible to have children, but if you get the tissue cut out it will increase fertility greatly. Chances of miscarrying are also greater, but if you are meant to have children, you will. That is the way I see it. But anyway, back to your original question. Go to the test! It cant hurt. You will have gas afterwards and this is because they pump you full of tons of air in order to expand intestines to see better.
first off, I just want you to know that you're not alone in this...So many people go through these things but because no one talks about it, when it happens to you, you feel isolated...I've had digestive problems for more than half of my life(i'm only 16) but finally cooperated with my parents when I was about 13....I had 3 colonoscopies when I was 14 and 15...They gave me a local sedative that put me to sleep, well I was extremely nervous and so scared that I ended up waking up in the middle of the procedure! It was more comical than painful lol trust me...But anyway, don't be afraid of getting one done, there's a reason you're getting pains in your abdomen, and this procedure is nothing to worry about at all..I've had worst believe me...As for the enema, that was next on the list if all the other tests and procedures came up with nothing...Thank god they finally figured my body out...Turns out I have what they call functioning constipation...Basically im constipated all the time, sometimes dont go to the bathroom for 2-3 weeks...Pretty painful, but I deal with it....But point is..Don't let it get to that point, where you're feeling so horrible that you just wanna give up..Confide in your husband and tell him how ur feeling, im sure he'll be there for you....And if ur that worried about the colonoscopy, ask to be given general anesthesia...Needless to say I got that after my little "waking up incident" the next time around! Lol if you need anything at all, please feel free to pm me anytime...I know what it feels like to be in the dark!