hello. first of all let me just say that i am soon to be a student nurse. although, the advice i seek isn't for myself. my mother has been having severe gastrointestinal distress for over a year. last year at the age of 52 she finally had a colonoscopy done. it showed pre-cancerous polyps (they were biopsied) in her colon, but no other signs of serious infection were found. they told her to come back in a year and have it done again to re-evaluate the polyps. they also found a "suspicious" polyp in her esophagus which they did nothing about so far. she has been telling them for most of this time that her bowel habits are not normal and she is distressed about that. they keep telling her it is nothing.
anyway, for the last month she has had serious pain and diarrhea along with fever and chills. i've been insistent she see her doc. they kept telling her that she must have pulled a muscle in her back (explaining the back pain) and the diarrhea, well they figured she had irritable bowel syndrome and to take imodium if she had probs. she finally felt bad enough to insist on further treatment. they did a ct and blood work last week. the nurse called her today and told her she had diverticulitis, not to eat seeds or salad, and hung up. i made her call back. they told her it was an infection of her colon and if she had any more pain or severe symptoms to call back and they would send her to a gastro doc and that doc would probably put her on antibiotics. my mom wasn't even sure what any of this meant. so, i explained it to her and sent her several links so she can read about it. i'm so angry at her for not taking the initiative to ask questions and finding out alternative treatments, diet guidelines, etc. i know this can become serious if left untreated. iím angry at the docís office because they did not take the time to educate her on her condition. i told her to call another doc and go see him/her. to keep fighting until she finds someone who will explain her options and treatment protocols to her. i live 4 hours away or i would be there in her face and dragging her to the doc.
so, for those of you who work in the field, do you have any suggestions or advice? i'm so upset because my mom feels so defeated and is depressed because she has been sick for so long. she told me today she didn't even care anymore!! please help! sorry for this long, long post but i don't know what else to do. thank you for reading my story.