I just took my second third Bentyl pill in-a-row-as-prescribed.
12 hours of Bentyl'ed intestine. Do I feel a change? Not... exactly?
BUT! Here's to the possibility of my gut pain being JUST irritable bowel or related disease! I hate to say that it would be a relief to know that it's ... all? It would be.
Symptoms of IBS include --
Abdominal pain or discomfort for at least 12 weeks out of the previous 12 months. These 12 weeks do not have to be consecutive. Plus all sorts of other icky things...
I've had pain for about 50 weeks.
I know that IBS has triggers -- and that I could work on removing them from my life. "Goodbye food, goodbye stress, goodbye... GASP!"
I hadn't started taking it right away, since the prescription was called in to the Pharmacy next to Mr's work, which is not exactly close to home. Even so, they didn't have it in stock, and I only got a few pills while they ship more in, special for me and my broked.
Dicyclomine is used to treat the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Dicyclomine is in a class of medications called anticholinergics. It relieves muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract by blocking the activity of a certain natural substance in the body.
The GI is just guessing that my pain is bowel related, because it's where the bowel IS. This is what I've been saying for a year. *points to the pain, that's my large intestine, right?* He says probably, unless something worse shows it's ugly self during further testing that we haven't seen yet. I told the GI that if this was just a hernia -- should I not be carrying my intestines in a sandwich bag by now? One would think a herniation would be more visible - which leads me to believe it really is just a broken gut fail. Or not. But I really don't care -- SO LONG AS THE PAIN STOPS NOW! KTHANX.
PS. I'm at the bartering stage -- I'll trade these tests for a diagnosis and relief --
- Hydrogen breath test
- Lactose intolerance test
- Celiac disease exam
- GallBladder disease tests It's already out.
2. Stool examinations:
- Bristol Stool Form Scale
- Stool culture
- Stool C. difficile toxin
- Stool ova and parasites
3. Radiological procedures:
- Abdominal CT Scan
- Abdominal MRI
- Abdominal Ultrasound
- Lower GI Series
- Upper GI Series
4. Endoscopic procedures:
- Barium Enema
- Upper Endoscopy