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      #42626 - 02/02/04 12:14 PM
michele

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So my DR just called with the results of my cat scan and said they found a lipoma in my small bowel?! My DR said she didn't know much about it and referred me to a speacialist that I can't see until March 1! She said a Lipoma is a fatty tumor that isn't cancer but is rare in the digestive tract. I did some research on line and it says they are usually not symptomatic but that they can cause PAIN, BLOATING AND CONSTIPATION!! My three biggest complaints! So do I not have IBS and are my problems caused by this Lipoma or is it just no big deal and not to worry, my DR couldn't say! Anyone have any info on this??


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Re: Lipoma new
      #42631 - 02/02/04 12:52 PM
Bevvy

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VERRRY interesting that your doctor wouldn't say whether or not it you have IBS. I'll bet he's waiting until after your March 1 appointment and the resulting diagnosis by the specialist.

If it's not IBS (and it's beginning to sound like it's not), that's good news, Michele! This specialist you're going to see -- is he a GI?

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Re: Lipoma new
      #42633 - 02/02/04 12:52 PM
kctrun

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It must be nice to at least know what is going on. I do not know anything about that condition, sorry, but I do have another question to put out there.
Could that be seen during a lower GI series?

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Re: Lipoma new
      #42645 - 02/02/04 01:40 PM
michele

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Yep, he's a GI specialist. I called another office that my DR reccommended and they had a cancellation for this Thursday at 10am! I'm keeping the March 1st appt until I hear what this DR says on Thursday. In a way I hope they say, yeah thats your problem, but I understand a bowel resection is the only way to remove it which isn't a real easy operation but I would much rather do that and feel better than continue living in pain! Well keep you posted!

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Re: Lipoma new
      #42654 - 02/02/04 02:00 PM
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Hi Michele - I don't know anything about this, I'm so sorry.

There is a chance that this is what's causing your "IBS" and if they remove the tumor all of your symptoms will disappear. There's also a chance that the presence of your tumor, if it was triggering symptoms, could have led to the development of IBS (the "insult to the gut" theory), and you now have both problems. There's also a chance that if you don't have IBS, any invasive procedure they use to diagnose/remove the tumor could then be an insult to the gut and lead to the development of IBS.

So, at this point, being proactive on the IBS end of things can only help and not hurt. If you can try to keep your gut stable and calm, particularly once they start doing procedures on you, this will help minimize the risk of developing IBS if you already have not.

Please keep us posted!

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