Try telling a room full of gastroenterologists you have abdominal pain and you may as well be telling them you have a nose. Uh-huh, they know all about abdominal pain. And your abdominal pain is probably IBS. See, you are not new. You may be in pain, but they have heard it before. (Insert violin music here).
They will send you for a test--scans, uppper gi, drink barium, etc., but most likely you will be told the results return nothing. Nothing?
"HUH? Are you kidding me?? Doc, I am DYING here! I have nausea and pain, sometimes I can't hold my food--it's like it won't digest! I drank that CHALK and you tell me it is NOTHING?"
"Uh-huh. Typical IBS. Are you a nervous type? Going through a divorce? Wife beating you with the spatula?"
"No! No! My life is GREAT! I love my life! It's just this pain in my stomach!"
"Well, it's IBS. Sometimes no rhyme or reason for it. Maybe you are depressed?"
"Doc! I am not depressed! The only thing dragging me down is this STOMACH PAIN!"
"Uh-huh, well, you should try a soft diet for a while. Drink some Mylanta before you eat. After you eat too, if need be. We can run some more tests in a month or so, see if anything new is going on. But for now, just try to calm down, take a vacation...hide the spatula (wink)."
Oh yes, you knew you had a nose before you went in, huh?