Hello, I am new to this forum. I hope to get some advice to some of my frustrations and concerns. I did not see a constipation link, so I hope it's ok to post in the IBS section. Ok here's my situtation:
Constipation since the age of 17. I am now 36.
The last 8 years have been more severe and chronic.
My Gastro Dr. Diagnoised me as having a "sluggish colon" I think the medical term would be "slow transit". In 2002, I had a colonoscopy which showed that my colon spasmed alot during the procedure. Barium Enema's and the transit marker study that showed the slow transit time.
I have BM's 1 -2 a month. I take laxatives occasionally, but take Metamucil and Miralax daily. Still no help. On September 26, 2007 I had exploratory surgery to see why I was having abdominal pain....but that surgery ended up not completly happening as the surgeon said there was too much intestinal adhesions (severely) that created a L-shaped kink in my intestines. Therefore, he was not able to do anything....but referred me out to another surgeon who is not looking at going in there.....he is wanting me to work with my gastro Dr to see what he wants to do.
Last week on Monday October 29th my Gastro Dr had me do a colonic purge...well I did not purge.....so he wanted me to do two fleets enemas and 1hr apart. I did that, and I had a very small BM, not much at all after all I have taken. Since then I have not had a BM and today is Monday, November 5th. I called my GASRTO DR and hoefully he will call me tomorrow as he was out of the office today.
So here is my question:
I am a candidate for Sub total Colectomy? How long should do Gastro Dr. do their medical therapy before realizing that hey, they may need to do surgery? Can I suggest surgery? I am just wanting to have my life back. I am always uncomfortable and my stomache is always extended and bloated and I hope someone else on hear can relate and can offer some advice or guidance.