bowel movement problem in colon

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friendlygal
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   Posted 2/28/2007 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
HI there, I usually post on the reflux site because I have been diagnosed with it.  But after not being able to go bowel for an entire month, I finally was told to get a colonoscopy. 
The results showed that my colon is twisted in every other direction in so many places and that it is in major spasm.  The doctor performing the procedure said that at many times she thought that she wouldn't even be able to do the colonoscopy!  She had to keep changing my position and using compression!
 
My question is: does anyone else here have this motility problem in their colon?  I want to hear from people who have this problem but are able to have it SUCCESSFULLY treated.  No horror/sad stories please!  I need to RELAX about it, thanks!! :)

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TexasJen
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   Posted 2/28/2007 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Was the word "redundant" or "tortuous" mentioned in your colonoscopy report? After a lifetime of C, your colon basically gets stretched out over time, so you end up with a lot more than is normal. Since waste has to travel that much farther, it gets even more dried out, so we throw laxatives at the problem which fools the colon into thinking it doesn't have to work any longer - and now you're in that horrible vicious circle. Same thing happened to me with my early scopes, but my C problem was due more to scar tissue than a functional problem. The docs couldn't believe my films from the (HORRIBLE!) barium enema: instead of the usual upside down "U" shape, my colon looked like the back of Shirley Temple's head. LOL!

Have you tried any of the meds that increase motility like zelnorm or even reglan?
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Keriamon
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   Posted 2/28/2007 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Can they fix it surgically? I know that's usually the last thing you want operated on, but it doens't sound like there's much else that could help. Even if Zelnorm works for you, it does quit working after a while. And it certainly doesn't fix the underyling problem of having corkscrew intestines.

You know, horses can get that too, a twisting and knotting of their intestines. Called "colic" in a horse (not the same as colic in a baby, though). If they don't have surgery to straighten them out, they die. But then, you can't give horses laxatives either; surgery is the only way to keep them working. My husband says they have extremely primitive digestive systems.

NH66
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   Posted 2/28/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   

 Kerimon,

Friendly heads up, even horses get laxatives. When they colic you give them a gallon plus of mineral oil. After the colic has passed the horses get a bran mash for a few days.


Keriamon
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   Posted 2/28/2007 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Really? What about it, Friendlygal? A gallon of mineral oil for you? Lol.

So, do the horses' intestines straighten themselves out on their own once they get emptied out? If so, I wonder if a good purge and then a liquid or mash diet for a few days would help a person? It's funny, but they are finding ways of treating people, based on the ways they treat animals. How they treated kidney stones in cows supposedly lead to a reversal of the old way of treating kidney stones in people, which was to give them less calcium. All along they gave cows more calcium to get rid of their stones.

NH66
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   Posted 2/28/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if it would work the same way in people. Maybe someone should try lol. I know i don't want to be the first. That is interesting about the cows.

friendlygal
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   Posted 2/28/2007 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I want to feel that I'll get better. Friday I have a test to see if I also have slow motility in my stomach.

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   Posted 2/28/2007 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Go to the OSTOMIES Forum here at Healing Well. There is a group of people that have colonic enteria - their bowels lack motility. They post under the heading "Total Colectomy". Don't let the title scare you away. They are very knowledbeable and should be able to answer your questions.
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TexasJen
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   Posted 2/28/2007 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Colic in horses is really a general term referring to abdominal pain. Colic can be caused by a horse overeating, a horse constantly swallowing air "wind sucking", a sudden change in diet, consumption of moldy feed, turnout on the wet pastures of early spring, a heavy meal before work, feeding or watering before proper cooling after work. Contrary to popular belief, there are many different types of colic, but they don't all arise from a torsion, or volvulus of the intestines.

I had a horse for many years, and only had to deal with 2 incidents of mild colic. Thank God! It's hard to imagine, but horses really are more fragile than you would think. It is so frightening to see a horse with a bad case of colic, but if caught early, it usually works out OK.

How did we get on this topic anyway? LOL! :-)
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   Posted 2/28/2007 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL Jen... I was sort of thinking the same thing. I feel bad for friendlygal, her post got hijacked. Back to the original topic...

Friendly, what did your doc say to do next? What sort of treatment options were offered to you?
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friendlygal
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   Posted 3/1/2007 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   

7Lil,

I have another test for gastroparesis tomorrow. 

when we know if I strictly have a colon problem, then we'll be able to have a plan of action.

thanks so much. :))

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