Is a Colostomy Ever Done On Some one Who Has Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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Robear
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   Posted 2/7/2008 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
   I;m new to this forum. I suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
I was wondering if anyone in this forum has or knows of some one who has had Colostomy Surgery done for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. I'm thinking about asking my doctor for a colostomy because I'm tired of living like this. Some times I have diarreah & at other times I can't move my bowels no matter how hard I try.
I sit on the toilet and nothing happens.
 
Any suggestions or advice that could be offered to me I would appreciate it very much.

gutastrophe
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   Posted 2/8/2008 1:44 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome!

I can share my experience!  I inquired about colostomy a few years ago.  The colorectal surgeon told me that surgery would not eliminate the symptoms of IBS.  There would still be gas, pain, C and D, only it would be going into a bag instead of a toilet.  He told me that any surgeon who would do such a radical surgery for IBS would be, in his opinion, unethical.

However, if your primary condition is chronic and extreme C, this could be an option.  I believe there are a few posters here who have had this experience and I'm sure they will respond!

Good luck!


Robear
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   Posted 2/8/2008 1:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your response gutastrophe. For awhile now it's been chronic & extreme C. I know that it would be a radical surgery for IBS but if it will improve my quality of life I would do it in a heart beat.
I hope others who are or have been in the same boat will respond to my question that I posted on the forum.

Sincerely,
Robear

spasman
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   Posted 2/8/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah i wonder if this surgeon would like it if he had high gas pressure in his own bowel eyes


-IBS induced by NSAID
-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-
 


Robear
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   Posted 2/8/2008 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I bet he wouldn't like it one bit he was in the other persons shoes and was told about the surgery being unethical.

spasman
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   Posted 2/8/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
One thing i've learn over the years is once you mentionned "IBS",most doctors dosen't respect that.

Robear,you and i probably have something else anyway.We have chronic constipation.
 
If i stop having gas,i think my bowel will just paralize.


-IBS induced by NSAID
-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-
 


Keriamon
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   Posted 2/8/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
A total colostomy is radical, radical, radical. For people with REALLY bad C, I think a partial resectioning is sometimes done; by shortening the length of the intestines, stools don't loose so much water and can come out more normally.
 
Of course, if you are ever prone to D, your D will become worse for the same reason--the body not absorbing enough water.

Anytime you do something like that, you will have take vitamins the rest of your life because you will not be absorbing all of the vitamins that you need.

My mother has a cousin whose stomach is so slow to empty that she pretty much has no function. She also has terrible C because of the rest of her GI tract is really slow. The last I heard, they were consdiering doing gastric bypass surgery on her to try and shorten her GI tract enough that it will function at something like a normal rate.

spasman
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   Posted 2/8/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Keramon,we just post at the same time :-)
Quote:"shortening the length of the intestines" ,it makes sense it would help C.
 
Is it possible that our bowel feel "overstretched" ?


-IBS induced by NSAID
-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-
 


Mom2sophia
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   Posted 2/8/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I was confused when you guys were saying total colostomy...do you mean a total colectomy?  I am having my colon removed (leaving the sigmoid) on March 18th...do to chronic constipation/aka colonic inertia.  I was originally diagnosed with IBS...but I NEVER NEVER had or ever have D.  I would thank the lord if I had D once in a while to be honest.  Anyway...I am looking forward to the surgery.  My doc didn't not indicate that I would have to take vitamins for the rest of my life...although, I already make that a daily habit anyway.  I have a slow emptying stomach, GERD, and extreme gas/colonic spasms...

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 2/8/2008 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I know with a colostomy you sure don't want a lot of gas. My Dad had one and that was the biggest problem cause you know what air does to balloons.

ME!
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   Posted 2/8/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I had my colon removed in Oct 07 because of colonic inertia. The surgeon did a sitz marker study and after 5 days I had 23 out of the 24 markers left in my colon. He took all but about 3 inches and then reconnected it to my rectum so I don't wear a bag.

I can finally go to the bathroom after I eat. Yea!

I had gotten to the point where I couldn't go w/o laxatives and had to plan my life around the condition. The GI doctor I was seeing only wanted to keep me on meds so before an appt. I called his office and told the nurse that unless he was willing to refer me to a surgeon he was wasting my time and his. He called me that evening and referred me to a wonderful surgeon.

I've never had surgery before so I didn't know what to expect. And it was the hardest thing I've ever gone through, but I really believe I was to the point of just stopping eating and letting myself die, so having major surgery was my only option really and it has given me a lot more control over my life.

And if I'm gonna die I'd rather die trying.

If you're not satisfied with your doctor fire 'em and find one you are.

Robear
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   Posted 2/9/2008 5:17 AM (GMT -6)   
What is colonic inertia? Does it mean when you sit on the toilet & nothing happens? Is it considered the same thing as chronic constipation? I use to have really bad diarreah for awhile then it would turn to real bad constipation with hard stool. I drink a lot of water thru out the day.

I think I'm to the point where I can't go also without laxatives. I'm in the process of trying out samples of ENEMEEZ mini-enemas from Aliance Labs Inc. in Arizona. They say it takes your body about two weeks to get use to them.

When you had the surgery did you have an ileostomy for awhile until your bowel healed & then you had the take down of the ostomy or was the intestine that was left connected to your anus right away?
In 4/98 I lost a foot of my colon during emergency hernia surgery due to the feces was encarcerated & the surgeon was not able to disect the feces out of my colon so he removed a foot of it & connected the two ends back together. I'm wondering if that surgery might have a lot to do with the problem I'm experiencing today? I also have a huge hernia on my abdomen from failed abdominal reconstruction during removal of my umbilicas due to it got infected from umbilical hernia repair many years ago

Thank you for your reply to my previous message.

carmen
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   Posted 2/9/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had 3 feet of my large bowel removed in 1987....All I can say is the body never works the same again. Once you remove it , you can not put it back.

Thanks
Carmen

ME!
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   Posted 2/9/2008 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I guess colonic inertia and chronic constipation are the same. You can look up the definition on the internet, maybe Webmd.

They connected it all back during the same surgery, it was lapo. So I didn't have a bag.

I'm still healing and my intestines feel sore when I eat so sometimes I'll take a xanax to help with the pain, but I go to the bathroom regularly now. I'm still testing what certain foods do to me. My body reacts differently and when I have gas it smells pretty bad so I've had to deal with that.

I've never had any other surgeries but I have MS. That's what they think shut down my colon. It sounds like there are other things that might be the cause of your constipation.

I knew I couldn't live like that and I wasn't going to give up till I got someone to listen to me and give me answers.

I hope you find your answers and the solutions.

Robear
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   Posted 2/11/2008 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Me Hello,
You said that you had sitz markers put in your colon & a bunch of them didn't come out? Can you please explain what they are?

Thanks!

Robear

Mom2sophia
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   Posted 2/11/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
A sitz marker study is where you swallow a capsule that has radioactive rings that can be seen on xray.  As those rings make it through your large intestine, xrays are taken (usually 3 xrays over a 5-7 day period).  On the last day, a normal person has excreted most if not all the rings.  If there are a significant amount left or if the rings are hung up in one area, this will help the doctor diagnose if you have problems.  HTH
 

Keriamon
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   Posted 2/11/2008 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
<<I'm wondering if that surgery might have a lot to do with the problem I'm experiencing today? I also have a huge hernia on my abdomen from failed abdominal reconstruction during removal of my umbilicas due to it got infected from umbilical hernia repair many years ago>>

Removing a part of your colon should have lessened the constipation, not made it worse. HOWEVER, hernias definitely interfere with the flow of waste matter through your intestines and should definitely be fixed. Part of the intestines bulging out through the muscle wall (or any other place, for that matter) narrows that part of the intestines down immensely and makes it very difficult to push food through. I'd have someone fix the hernia (and look for others; I had a friend who went in for two or three hernia repairs and they ended up finding five, I think) AND check the old resection wound to make sure there's not any scar tissue blocking or narrowing it before I had any more parts of my intestines removed.
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