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Test results inconclusive

SB2017

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So I was having consistent diarrhea for months and a dull ache in my lower left abdomen along with back pain. I had a quick vaginal ultrasound in October to look at my ovaries and they were fine. I had a colonoscopy last month which was clear but he wanted to make sure so he ordered a pelvic and abdominal ultrasound. I got the results and they were inconclusive. He said it didn’t show anything bad. He said it “didn’t show anything but didn’t show everything”. He said they noted that they couldn’t see many organs because of “bowel gas”. Now he’s ordering a CT scan of the pelvic region and abdomen. He said he’s not doing it because he’s concerned but because he didn’t get everything from the ultrasound. Now I’m freaking out. This ever happen to anyone?
 

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This sort of thing happens all the time. The doctor has a duty to ensure that all bases are covered. There are guidelines they follow for the various diagnostic tests in terms of what should be visible and so on. They're just covering their own butts.
 

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Ultrasounds sometimes aren't clear. Yours wasn't, so he is getting you a CT scan to make sure. Nothing to freak out over, just the standard thing to do in this case. He isn't trying to trick you.
 

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I guess I’m just fearing that there’s some sinister reason why they couldn’t see my organs, or something they need to check that they’re not being clear about.
 

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I guess I’m just fearing that there’s some sinister reason why they couldn’t see my organs, or something they need to check that they’re not being clear about.
Nah, you're fine. They're just doing due diligence, this stuff happens every single day.
 

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I guess I’m just fearing that there’s some sinister reason why they couldn’t see my organs, or something they need to check that they’re not being clear about.
Bowel gas [AKA: farts] can be pretty sinister.
 

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Bowel gas [AKA: farts] can be pretty sinister.
This made me laugh out loud! Thank you!
Nah, you're fine. They're just doing due diligence, this stuff happens every single day.
He did tell me it was pretty common but I guess I keep thinking there’s some other reason why they couldn’t see... let’s say the right ovary. That maybe they think they see something on there but couldn’t get a clear view so they’re asking for a CT scan.
 

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He did tell me it was pretty common but I guess I keep thinking there’s some other reason why they couldn’t see... let’s say the right ovary. That maybe they think they see something on there but couldn’t get a clear view so they’re asking for a CT scan.
I understand why you're worried. I'd love to say "just don't worry", but we all know it doesn't work that way, right? :) I'd probably be anxious about it if I were in your shoes, so don't feel bad. I just hope you're able to think about this more rationally and feel less anxious. Let us know if we can do anything else to help.
 

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Your doctor is just covering their butt because doctors see everything in terms of potential lawsuits. Which is also why your doctor wouldn't say "we see nothing" if they actually think they see something. They're, to be blunt, not that worried about your feelings. They would say "we see something on the right ovary." Imagine if they said "we see nothing" when they thought they might, the patient declined the scan thinking there was no reason for it in that case, and something was actually wrong? LAWSUIT. So if they're saying they see nothing, they're probably telling the truth.

As for the test itself, I'd be nervous too, but it sounds like the medical professionals see nothing concerning, so hopefully this will be over and done with soon and you can get an answer. Most gastro issues are not serious, just very annoying; I hope you get this one figured out soon.
 
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