Post Edited (2b ColonFree) : 11/10/2008 2:11:06 PM (GMT-7)
Thanks for reply. Life sounds absolutely awful - i dont know how you manage to work - i know a lot of folk do with ci. it totally takes over - yes it is constant pain, bloating etc. laxatives are getting more and more useless to me - plus they work at sporadic times - there is just NO kknowing if or when they are going to work or how effeciently. for example i was up at 5am for half hour and then again at 6am doing not much at all just a little diarrehoa. it happens more and more.
yes my greatest fear is being incontinent and having to get up all night - i wonder just how the small bowel acts and whether it sleeps at night.
BAD NEWS THOUGH - just got a call to say surgery is cancelled - i hope it is still this year though. i hope the prayers are answered for all of us too.
I have not seen or used freelax myself, but it looks very similar to a neck massage machine someone gave me once. I would not have bought it myself, but I did try it, since I had lots of neck pain issues. While it had some benefit, the machine had limited capacity to really address my needs. I would expect (as Karen stated) the freelax would prove to be the same.
i get it now about the "redundant", thanks!!
i'm really happy to meet you too and it's interesting for me talking to you too, especially b/c we have the same problem, and in all the israeli forums i didn't find ANYONE suffering with CI. not even ONE!!! so i'm so thankful b/c it's truly a blessing finding this site and all the great wonderful ladies here, sharing information, encouraging each other, it helps a lot.
here in israel we also have the National Health Service - that's what most ppl here have, but we have private insurance companies as well, who provide a much better hi class health care. unfortunatly, i don't have private insurance - i tried a few months ago to get one, but since i have an existing problem, they won't cover it, meaning that if you have a specific problem the time you join the insurance, they will cover everything, but the specific prob. how sad. so i didn't go through with it. BUT our national service has improved a lot the last few years and enables you to have private care with minimal participating on my part, for limited occasions per year, it is great b/c i can have the surgery in a private hosp. and i have heard this hosp. is heaven!!!!
i'm from a town called Herzlia - it's about 15 minutes drive from Tel Aviv. israel has it's very dry areas (the ones that border Egypt) but there's a significant difference to the rest of the country. my town is near the beach and is very humid in the summer. there are also mountainous cities where the wether is absolutely fabulous.
check in if you decide to visit. i'll be happy to host you !!
thanks for the information. i guess all these massage treatments can't really eliminate CI. i'm starting to realize that there's no cure for a handicapped colon. i just have to be possitive and optimistic about the surgery.
best luck to you too .