I am completely conflicted this morning after speaking with my doctor.
Here are my options: 1. Increase Cymbalta dose to see if it helps with pain; 2. See a gastroenterologist; 3. Do nothing (that’s my option).
If I have IBS, then increasing the Cymbalta should help. However, I don’t really want to start taking more medication and treat something, until we have a good idea of what we’re treating. IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion and I just want to make sure we’ve excluded everything possible.
Given that I’ve had great test results thus far, I’m not sure there’s much more that the gastroenterologist can do. I guess there are more tests that can be run, but I don’t think they’re going to be very fruitful. The benefit to the gastro doc is that a) that person is a specialist so they may have more insight and b) perhaps a combination of drugs would help with IBS, if that is in fact what I do have.
Or, I could just ignore the pain and learn to live with it. I have had it for 1.5 years straight at this point. What’s the rest of my life? Plus, I have endo and have dealt with pain for years and years, so what’s more pain?
I’m completely frustrated and at a loss today. I’m going to mull it over a bit and see what’s the best route to go. But, I just suspect I’m going to be diagnosed as having pelvic pain with no known cause and that’s it. FML.