Can anyone feel their colon from the outside?

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Smurfette26
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   Posted 7/6/2011 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
The other day I was freaking out becuase I thought I felt a lump on my left side that moved around.  I couldn't book and appointment with my GI becuuse he didn't have any openings for weeks.  I went to my GP and had two doctors feel my abodomen.  Both of the doctors said that I could just feel my colon because I am skinny.  it felt long and tubuler and kind of soft and moved around.  They also said that I probably notice it more when there is poo inside of it which is true I guess.  The doctors assured me there was no problem but I think it is funny that I convinced myself I had a tumor when it was just my colon.  Can anyone else feel their colon when they press on their abdomen.  I am flaring so I thought maybe it is just inflamed as well. 
Age: 26 Diagnosed at Age 10
Meds: Salfasalzine for maintenance
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Smurfette26
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   Posted 7/6/2011 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I meant the right side actually :)
Age: 26 Diagnosed at Age 10
Meds: Salfasalzine for maintenance
Metamucil and probiotics everyday
Have been on predisone and asocol in the past
Borderline Remission at the moment but I don't let flares slow me down :)

Red_34
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   Posted 7/6/2011 1:40 PM (GMT -6)   
The only time I can feel it is if I have a gas bubble. I can literally feel it moving along - sort of creepy to be honest! :)
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songlady
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   Posted 7/6/2011 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't feel it, but... I'm overweight.

But, my GIs over the years have always had me lie down on my back and they've palpitated it, so......I guess it's in there! :-)
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Sibby
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   Posted 7/6/2011 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Red_34 said...
The only time I can feel it is if I have a gas bubble. I can literally feel it moving along - sort of creepy to be honest! :)


hahaha! me too. First time that happened I said, "Well that's new."

CollegeStudent
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   Posted 7/6/2011 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I do.

Especially, in the lower right abdomen(ileum) area and when I have proctitis I feel it hardening and I can feel it with my hands or when gas is trapped...

I have very narrow large intestine according to GI from my last colonoscopy result. He told me, it was very hard for the scope to go through even after the air pumping.
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Dr-A
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   Posted 7/6/2011 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, its very easy to palpate the whole thing and even do percussion on it to test for fullness, blockages... etc.
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Bacon Girl
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   Posted 7/6/2011 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
i can feel everything in my colon. it's miserable! i specifically know where poop is every time.
Diagnosed with Proctitis at 17.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at 21 (Jan 2011) and now pancolitis (May 2011).
Not on any medications. Did use Mesalamine enemas, Sulfasalazine enemas, Lialda, and prednisone- all worsened my symptoms

McGut
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   Posted 7/6/2011 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Red_34 said...
The only time I can feel it is if I have a gas bubble. I can literally feel it moving along - sort of creepy to be honest! :)


It's like watching a mouse running around in there. :-)
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Red_34
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   Posted 7/6/2011 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL So true McGut!
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Marilee
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   Posted 7/6/2011 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Before my diagnosis I had the same "could it be a tumor" freak out. Luckily I was home with family on holiday and Dr. Mom calmed me down. And yes, the gas bubble thing is completely odd but happens to me too :) Sigh, gotta love being weird huh
Diagnosed 5/2/11
Feeling anxious but relieved to finally have a name for what's been wrong.
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Adding fiber and probiotics slowly
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quincy
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   Posted 7/6/2011 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I can definitely feel gas move along...when it cramps, I push it along like Sherry does.

. Every once in a while I get the stethoscope and listen to the sounds in there...oooo, entertainment for free.

I had a doctor a looong time ago say to me while she was pressing along my abdomen......oh, you have poo in your colon. Hmm, no kidding??

Smurfette....if it does continue to hurt andyou feel it...it could be an ovary.
 
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kazbern
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   Posted 7/6/2011 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI and I just talked about this at my last visit! I swear are there healthy people out there who can feel stool in their colon? That doesn't seem like something "normal," but my GI just shrugged it off.

I don't have pressure in my bottom when I have to defecate, it's under my ribs. That has been annoying me for a few years now. Anyway, I'm scheduled for an abdominal CT in a few weeks to make sure there's no stricture causing this weird and somewhat freaky thing. But now that I read this thread I feel even dumber because - hello - many of us live like this.
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   Posted 7/6/2011 9:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought I could but then I realized I was squishing my abdominal muscles around. Yep, I'm a smart one... ;o)
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Current condition: Delicate Remission, trying to find the right combination! Latest scope showed mild rectal inflammation only!

Smurfette26
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   Posted 7/7/2011 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
It doesn't hurt at all even when I push really hard so I'm sure its just my colon. Its so funny how I can feel everything move through me.... I asked my boyfriend if he felt that and he just looked at me funny. But I guess I'm not alone:)
Age: 26 Diagnosed at Age 10
Meds: Salfasalzine for maintenance
Metamucil and probiotics everyday
Have been on predisone and asocol in the past
Borderline Remission at the moment but I don't let flares slow me down :)

imagardener2
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   Posted 7/7/2011 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
20 years ago (pre-UC) a doctor showed me how to feel my colon on my left side and tell whether I was constipated, that's how I know where my colon is lol. Turns out that C was the common, you might say "normal" condition for me.

In my case my left colon can be felt just to right (looking down) of my left hipbone if it is backed up. Nothing to feel if nothing's there. I've never been able to feel anything on the right side although I will sometimes feel discomfort there if there is a lot of inflammation or C.

Pushing there never upsets my colon at all or causes any urgency. But there is a well-known yoga posture where you put your folded fists into the hip area where the colon is located and then you bend from the waist while seated. Helps to unblock the colon.
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kazbern
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   Posted 7/7/2011 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
For many years I blamed pelvic tenderness on sore ovaries, but now I am sure it is related to inflammation in my colon, both left and right. When I feel the masses of stool collecting in my transverse colon, under my right side ribs, there is no pain on palpation. But there is pain somewhere in there when either the colon is spasming or .... I don't know what else.

I love my yoga twist poses to move my bowels along. Sometimes that is the only way they do move!
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49 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed. Gluten free as of 5/30/11.

rrtac070811
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   Posted 8/13/2012 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
i am 96 pounds 27 yr old, 5'1. doctor thinks that i have abdominal mass and like hard sausage.. and it doesnt even move like poo.. does. but that little weird i usually mess with my intestines and all that almost everyday.. and all sudden hard and it doesnt really do anything. but having x-ray tomorrow. hopefully its nothing.. ...

Andrina
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   Posted 8/13/2012 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I can feel mine when I'm in a flare. I can feel the inflammation pain and know where the colon is at. Creepy.

I can often feel it on the left and the right sight. Never felt the middle though.
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Past Treatments: Cortisone, Mesalazine, Azathioprine, MTX, Sulfasalazine, Remicade, Humira
Current Treatments: Apriso 1,5g, SCD diet, Cortenemas
Currently flaring since beginning of '12 descending colon to rectum.
Last coloscopy: 5/4/12
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