Getting Second Medical Opinions For IBS
Request second medical opinions for IBS by talking to your doctor and be sure to check your health insurance coverage to avoid high out-of-pocket costs.
If your doctor is trying to talk you out of another opinion, maybe they’re not 100 percent confident in their own work (just a thought).
With an illness like IBS, you want to have the right doctor, one that you’re comfortable with, one that is willing to help you, not harm you.
You can always get a second medical opinion if you’re not satisfied with the first doctor/diagnosis or want to be 100 percent sure everything is correct.
Ultimately, it’s your body and your choice. No one can stop you from a second opinion.
Although, don’t be shocked if the doctor tries to talk you out of it. A lot of them will.
Don’t let anyone talk you out of getting a second medical opinion if that is what you wish to do.
What Is A Second Medical Opinion?
A second opinion is exactly what it sounds like, if you want the opinion of more than one doctor, you can get a second opinion.
Many people don’t even realize that they have this option!
There are many reasons someone may want a second opinion: the first opinion doesn’t seem right to them or maybe they just want to be 100 percent sure the diagnosis is correct.
Seeking Second Medical Opinion
I didn’t really question my IBS diagnosis when I received it nine years ago.
I simply trusted the GI specialist I was seeing and took the medicine prescribed to me.
A lot of people do this, which is fine, but if you’re anything like me now, you do all the research you can on your body.
For me, personally, my body and GI symptoms have changed a bit over time.
Because my symptoms have changed somewhat, I’m not nearly as confident that I simply have IBS.
Something to note, I was diagnosed with GERD by the same practice several years after my IBS diagnosis.
Essentially, they say I have both of these illnesses.
But my heart tells me that these are very much connected and this is a bigger issue than these two illnesses.
This is why I’m seeking a second medical opinion, if you’re in the same boat, you should too!
My newest specialist told me that I probably don’t have GERD and that he feels that everything is indeed, connected.
But he didn’t have any answers beyond that.
Not to discourage you, but when it comes to vague illnesses, like IBS, you may not get all of the answers that you’re looking for.
Most people won’t tell you this.
But the more information and opinions you can get, the better off you will be!
Do Your Research!
I’ve done more research than most would do on an illness they have.
I’m always reading up on symptoms, treatments, links between illnesses, etc.
You spend such a small amount of time with your doctor that you can’t possibly learn everything from them.
This is an unfortunate conclusion, but accurate.
Upon researching my IBS and GERD I discovered a variety of other GI illnesses and problems that could have to do with my problems.
Then I started to wonder if my illnesses were linked at all.
Would that be so surprising?
I found out that it’s no surprise at all and I was right.
My gut feeling was right…haha.
A Top IBS Resource
This is my favorite book on Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
John’s Hopkins is one of the most reputable sources you could get medical information from.
The research they conduct is incredible and they have helped so many people with a variety of illnesses.
Their research is in depth and thorough, making their book on IBS very informative.
This is a great place to look at what IBS is vs. what you’re experiencing.
Many times a book like this will encourage someone to think about getting second medical opinions.
Not Getting Second Medical Opinions For IBS
It’s perfectly fine not to get a second opinion, it’s not necessary unless you feel that it is.
There are many talented and intelligent doctors out there who will be thorough and give you a correct diagnosis.
Unfortunately, this is not every doctor and it’s up to you to decide on getting second medical opinions vs. not.
When initially choosing a doctor/specialist, if you’re looking to avoid needing a second opinion, ask around!
Your family and friends are your best bet on doctor recommendations.