Has anybody here had a stricture in the colon?
I saw the gastro today. Told her my symptoms, which in a nutshell have been constipation and abdominal pain over the last few months. I've had Crohn's for 11 years and this represented a fairly fundamental change of symptoms for me. The gastro said it sounded like it might be a stricture in my colon. I was taken aback to say the least. She said that I almost certainly had small bowel involvement, but said that basically the colon was what mattered, not the small bowel. Got no memory, so I'm paraphrasing, but that was the general gist.
She said that strictures in the small bowel don't cause constipation. Thought that they did?
It's a funny type of constipation that I have anyway. What emerges is liquid 95% of the time, and pencil-thin pieces of stool the rest of the time. I've almost completely lost the urge to go; if I didn't make myself drink umpteen cups of water in a day, including half a litre when I wake up, not sure if I would ever go. I'd probably get impacted, and that is truly, truly horrible; trust me on that one.
I also have to be careful about
not eating too much - it slays me. I think I'm still suffering the after-effects of a slap-up meal from five days ago after passing my driving test. Oh well. At least I earned my right to drive to the hospital today. (Except I didn't for insurance reasons
Also, I have this hard mass about
the size of a large-ish marble just above my belly button. Can't see anything visible, but can certainly feel it underneath the skin.
So anyway. I have to book a colonoscopy, which will be in 6-8 weeks' time. The doctor mentioned the possibility of surgery. Just still a bit taken aback by it, really. Thought Crohn's strictures were usually in the small bowel. I have to say, if the colonoscopy doesn't show anything untoward, I would like to get a barium follow-through and/or CT scan done. Most of my pain and pressure-like feelings have been in the centre of my abdomen, above my belly button; I still think something might be going on in my small bowel, which I should've made plainer to the doctor.The tl;dr version
Who here has had a stricture in the colon and what were your symptoms? :-/