Completely, 100% concur with your recommendations. And I'm glad to finally see someone else on the message board who has undergone this incredible treatment.
I went on my GI's recommendation. He dx me with a colon impaction and suggested the most "friendly" approach to cleaning out the back up would be colon hydrotherapy. I had done some research on it in years past because I've had IBS C for over 20 years but always felt too frightened to make an appointment.
My experience with it was also wonderful. I had a very knowledgeable and patient clinician who taught me how to massage my belly to release the gas and "other things". I still use this technique every day, especially after meals. Like you, I was astonished as what my gut produced during the sessions. It still freaks me out because I know I am not "going" like that normally and I still worry that I will end up back in the same condition I was in before.
I wish I could say it "cured" me. What I can say is that I never felt better than I did those few months that I had the treatments. I remember leaving the clinic and thinking "Wow, this must be what normal people feel like!".
Thanks for your post. I hope others read it as well.
I've been known to raise the red flag when I hear "colonic" anything, but gutastrophe and med school are making me much less volatile about this. I'm just glad to see that people are advising others to educate themselves and be safe while investigating their options. I'm not an advocate of any foreign objects being inserted into the intestine, for a number of reasons, but sterilized water is pretty harmless. And anyway, I'm a staunch advocate for relief of discomfort. If something helps you, it helps you, and that's all that matters. I just encourage people to educate themselves and be informed in their treatment and ask questions. Thanks for posting.
P.S. I will never get to experience this technique first-hand since I seem to have an ongoing problem with "colonic irrigation" (i.e., way too much diarrhea every day) but I know I'll get questions from patients about it so I might as well learn as much as I can!
I think about you every time I post on this topic! I am happy to see you are "softening" on colon hydrotherapy!
Just wanted to correct a misunderstanding. Nothing is "inserted" into the instestines. The rectal speculum doesn't even go in as far as a typical sigmoidoscopy does. It doesn't go in any further than a home enema. It is larger because it is a vehicle for introducing the water and allowing the "matter" to flow out. But it does not enter the instestines.
I can't imagine you would ever need to avail yourself of this treatment considering all I've read of your symptoms. I know this sounds silly, and much like a "grass is always greener" statement, but I often wish I had your particular "problem" rather than mine! Since my daily life is often a quest to achieve proper elimination, the concept of going 5, 6, or 10 times a day seems idyllic to me! Course, I am sure I'd be singing a different tune if I actually found myself in this situation!
If you are interested in the equipment used and the actual procedure involved, I can provide you with a link to a very informative website!
It's pretty hard to get "entirely cleaned out" no matter what you do - and that's not necessarily abnormal. I still have some reservations about the method because even if nothing is being "stuck up there" you still may have residual problems stemming from depletion of colonic bacteria. You need those bacteria in there.
Then again, I have reservations about a lot of treatment methods. Nothing is going to work for everyone and some treatments will be dangerous for some and benign for others. Your doctor has to help you decide the risks and benefits of any kind of treatment.