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"The time it takes to get a diagnosis for IBS"

About: Wollongong Hospital / Emergency Department

(as the patient),

I had months of constant abdominal pain and vomiting, losing weigh but I got told my symptoms where due to stress after a marriage breakdown. GP sent me to a Psychiatrist - who seemed to think there was nothing mentally wrong.

I had to constantly ask for tests to find out what the problem was - couldn't get a referral to a specialist. Finally I got so sick I ended up in Emergency with about the 5th bowel obstruction in 12 months - off to surgery and I ended up with bowel resection due to Crohns disease that had caused a stricture that had closed the bowel down so nothing got thru. I got to 45 kgs.

This was not good. I would urge GPs to please consider referring your patient to a Gastroenterologist if they are experiencing ongoing abdo pain, nausea & vomiting - so they can get a diagnosis and medication as soon as possible.


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