?Colonic Inertia / surgery

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/18/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new and am convinced I have colonic inertia.  Started when I hit puberty.  Been on laxatives since and am now 35.  Same story some things work for a while - MOM, miralax, herbal stuff, aloe, purne juice bla bla bla.  Always tried to stay away from stimulants but of course have plenty of a history there too.  Have just managed it over the past 20 years.  I even went and got a degree in nutrition to understand it more.  Never even heard of colonic inertia.  Doctors alwasy gave me different ways to manage it.  Now I can't maintain weight it is so bad.  The more I eat the worse it gets.  Bloating is horrible.  People think I have anorexia.  Anyway, finally met a doctor who is ordering exams that I have never heard of.  Sitzmarker for one.  I am so excited to think that there may be hope for me.  I would sign up for the surgery in a second!  I am scheduled for sitzmarker and rectal floor testing in the next few weeks.
Here are my two questions.
1) Anyone out there who's symptoms started at the time of puberty?  At that time I became allergic to lots of foods (lots of fruits and some nuts), became allergic to cats and other pets and started getting horrible stomach aches and constipation and of course bloating.
2) Could anything else mimic colonic inertia? 

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/18/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sonocolo,

I too had many years of constipation and if you read my signature numerous other problems.  I didn't realize that I was supposed to be having bms every day or several a week until I met my current husband and he told me there was something wrong with me because I didn't go everyday or close to it.  I told him there was something wrong with him because he did.  I usually went once every couple of weeks.  Things got so bad that when I did a colonoscopy prep the prep stayed in me for 10 days; it was at that time that I was diagnosed as having severe IBS-C and was told to take 4 capfuls of miralax daily along with 4 tbsp of lactulose.  This allowed me to have 2 bms a week and my GI was happy with that but within a year things slowed down again and then we added amitiza twice a day, this worked for a while too but then things slowed down to pellet like bms once every wo weeks if I was lucky.  It was at this time that my GI said I needed the surgery-I had never heard of it and was devestated as I had had sooooooo many surgeries and had been layed up every year for the past 5 years.  This was also my 4th GI dr (I had traveled 6 hours away to my last one and he recommended this one who was 3 hours away because he was closer to me).  I went to the surgeon he recommended and he ordered the sitz marker test and anal manotry but my GI didn't do them so I had to go to yet another GI.

This GI does extensive sitz marker testing like no others do and I had to be x-rayed everyday except Sundays for almost for weeks-and yes we had to drive 3 hours one way every day.  But it was soooooo worth it because he figured out how bad my colon was and said I definetly needed to have my colon removed.  I had all but 2 inches removed last July and have NEVER been healthier or felt better.

And yes, I had all kinds of food problems and stomach problems before the surgery.  I was on a wheat free diet and had sensitivities to all kinds of foods.  I now have to watch my wheat intake but not like before and can eat most anything except I have to be on a low residue diet due to the surgery, fresh fruits,raw veggies, seeds and nuts cause excessive D and can cause blockages.  Not all people who have the surgery have to remain on the diet though.

If you have any more questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them.  Like I said it was the best thing I ever did and I really didn't realize how sick I was or how bad I felt until after I had the surgery.

I wish you the best and hope you feel better,


spleen/appendix/gall bladder-removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/bunion & 2 neuroma surgeries/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08/ c difficile
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/26/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there! Thanks for the response. I just had the anal/pelvic floor test. I am pretty sure I did fine with the pressure but could not expel the balloon! I was hoping the floor was going to be fine. Guess not!
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