SitzMark test?

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J-Rex
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   Posted 7/22/2010 8:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everybody.

I've been going through hell since I was little, constantly going to doctors appointments, the ER, trying to figure out what was causing all my pain. I kept being told I was constipated. Duh.

That was fine for a while, except its the only answer I've ever heard.

I work in surgery, and after years of just dealing with negative coloscopies, negative EGD's, negative CT scans, no luck on any drugs.... I finally used the resources I've surpassed every day, sucked it up, and asked one of the colo-rectal surgeons what the hell was wrong with me.

He asked me a couple questions, said something about slow colonic transit, called his nurse, who left a package with instructions for me in his office. Its a Sitz mark test. I'm supposed to take the pill immediately tomorrow morning, and my first x-ray will be on Monday. My second will be on Wednesday.

He said that he wasn't going to lie, but it sounded like I probably have colonic inertia. He told me that with all the avenues I've already been through, a colon resection may be the best option if this is truly what I have. I'm only 21, and the thought of having my WHOLE colon removed scares me...

My concern is, that I normally go about 10 days between BM's, and I'm approaching that soon. I'm worried that starting the Sitz mark so soon to my next expected BM will influence the test incorrectly...

And I'm so desperate for an answer that I cant even stand the thought of it coming back negative too.

Has anyone had similar experiences, or maybe just words of encouragement?
Thanks.

shawn12
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   Posted 7/23/2010 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
J-Rex

You should ask the doctor about this

"My concern is, that I normally go about 10 days between BM's, and I'm approaching that soon. I'm worried that starting the Sitz mark so soon to my next expected BM will influence the test incorrectly..."

and see what they say.

I would also discuss with them ALL options you may have before surgery and maybe even a second opinion. Of course you have to wait for the test results as well.

Sorry to hear your struggling through this and hopefully they can sort it all out for you.
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G20man
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   Posted 7/23/2010 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I just completed a sitz mark study last friday. I had the opposite concern, I wanted to make sure I went before starting the test because I didn't want to go any longer than I had to without using a laxative. I took laxatives beforehand to make sure I went, then I took the sitz capsule. Anyway, my doctor said I failed the test miserably. I'm now scheduled for the anal/rectal studies, I forget what he called them. I'm pushing for this operation because I can't go on another year like this. I'm tired of all the laxatives, nausea/vomiting, faintness, sweating, etc. I never know when it will hit, and I'm petrified that it will happen while I'm out somewhere. I wouldn't so much mind messing my pants (embarassing as that would be) but of the pain that brings on the vomiting and faintness, etc.
Anyway, I hope your doctor gets to the bottom (no pun intended) of your problem.

J-Rex
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   Posted 7/26/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had my first xray today. After she took the picture, the xray tech came in out of her room laughing. I asked her what was so funny, and she said, "Those little markers have a LONG way to go." I asked her if I could see the xray, and from the look of it they haven't even reached my colon yet, and if I had to guess are still in my jejunum (she backed up that consensus.) I took the pill on Friday morning, and the average person moves food through their small intestine within 8 to 12 hours. That means if things were normal, the markers would have gotten to their destination in my colon by Friday evening. Its now mid-day on Monday.

I am going back to work tomorrow, and am going to talk to the surgeon who had me do this test. It seems odd that if they're worried about my colon that they haven't even reached that point yet... Or it is? I don't know.

All I know, is I'm tired of feeling sick all the time. I'm too young to live like this.

shawn12
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   Posted 7/26/2010 12:59 PM (GMT -7)   
J-rex, hope they have some answers for you soon.
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sickbelly
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   Posted 8/10/2011 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
i had the sitz marker test after being bound up for 10 days/ this is my normal bm. The results came back showing all the markers were gathered in my lower colon and i go today to discuss further treatment. I have done all the above tests and feel exactly the same as j-rex. so i will fill everyone in on the drs idea for further testing. The medicine amitiza did absolutely nothing to help my stomach pain and or bms.

Daniele1976
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   Posted 9/11/2011 3:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I have just started the SitzMarker test. Took the pill today at 7:30am. I usually go BM once a week, after taking 8-10 Dulcolax pills. Funny thing is... I had a Lean Cuisine food today for lunch and it did me bad AND I had a BM! So now I am worried that doctors will think I am lying about my constipation. Does ONE BM affect this test??? idea
 
Thank you!
 
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