extremely sluggish colon

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   Posted 2/21/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Im posting here because it seemed to be the closest fit. My apologies if this offends anyone.


My Colon is always full and distended. Without Mirilax all activity stops and my insides turn to dried glue.

It was not always this way.

Before I received an appendectomy 3 years ago, I was the most 'regular' guy in the room. Directly following surgery, I never regained normal bowel function. They said it would return. It never did.

Now they are saying this could not have been caused by the surgery. I am just desperate now and asking for any ideas people might have.

1) Anyone know or have a theory of why this might have happeded to me? Such as ingesting toxins, bacteria, poison that would cause colon to lose motility?

2) Could this lead to other conditions such as Crohn's, Colon Cancer, IBS?

3) Anyone else out there who experienced this problem? And if so what caused it? Has it improved over time?

Thank you so much for your help.

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   Posted 2/21/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, some Crohns patients suffer from chronic constipation rather than D -- but absent any other symptoms it's hard to guess what is going on with you. It is not likely that a sluggish colon would lead to Crohns or IBS, but as I understand it, chronic constipation is a risk factor for colon cancer. Have you consulted with a gastroenterologist on this? That would by my first step, since thye are specialists in that part of the anatomy.

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   Posted 2/21/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I agree with Mike, an appointment with a GI would most likely be of help to you.
I have a sluggish colon and was dx with IBS so I have to take a lot of fiber product.
Keep us posted re your outcome.
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   Posted 2/21/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Nothing gastrointestinally realted offends us. We talk about it all  :-)  I have chronic constipation with my crohn's. My disease is in my rectum only-abscesses,fistulas and swelling. The swelling is what I believe causes it.
Constipation won't cause crohn's but it is a possible symptom. Like all the rest have suggested, see a Gastro and good luck!
36 year old female. Dx'd and undx'd a few times. Was just redx'd again 04/2007.
History of rectal abscesses and fistulas (28 surgeries including abscess I & D, exploratory surgeries, 2 C-ton drains and 1 fistula plug) Count does not include self bursting abscesses.
1st Remicade infusion 6/5/07.  Lots of joint pain, and a new fistula since the 2nd infusion 6/19.
Praying I'll get better soon so we can have a baby.
Ginger :)

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   Posted 2/21/2008 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
my granddaughter had this, and she had to have a colonoscopy and biopsies to dx why. they can check for nerves, cells of any kind, (hers was milk protein allergy) and advise appropriate measures to help the issue.
sometimes, for unknown reasons, a bowel will do this when its messed with too much. esp in gunshots, etc. it just doesnt ever wake up/ some may say the surgery had nothing to do with it, they may be right or not. a biopsy will tell. i certainly wouldnt pay much attention to that...they may not ever be able to prove why this happened. and again, a colonoscopy might show the reason.
keep searching. miralax was the only way my grand could go for many years. and constipation is truly dangerous if its bad enough.
good luck to ya !

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   Posted 11/15/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I noticed a post you put out last year about chronic constipation and was wondering if you ever tried Amitiza? If so,, did it give you nausea? Were you able to control the nausea and if so how or with what? Any info much appreciated.


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   Posted 11/15/2009 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you on any probiotics (good bacteria)? Align, VSL3, etc are some good examples. Or good home made yogurt. I think probiotics can help with IBS symptoms and with regularity.

Also, what about fiber supplements? I think they help with both Diarrhea and constipation.

I agree a colonoscopy will help answer some questions. If it is IBS, I would start taking some good probiotics (start slow on them) and metamucil (start slow here too), and see if that helps.

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Canasa, Lialda, Remicade, VSL#3, Florastor
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Stopped vancomycin for c-diff Jan 1 2009
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   Posted 11/15/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -7)   
There are half a dozen possible causes, but you need to get diagnostics to begin the hunt. Ask about Addison's or hypothyroid or maybe diabetes or scleroderma even. Do you have pain? Pain, especially rectal pain can cause bowel paralysis. In the meantime, you should try the fiber idea and the probiotics - assuming that you have not yet done so. From the sound of your post, it does not sound like that will be enough.

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   Posted 11/16/2009 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to have a wonderful gut which was regular and never suffered discomfort etc and in the past 3-4 years it has become SOOOOooooo sluggish...to the point I cant eat anything hard because it drags the whole way through and I look 6 months pregnant from the bloating with all the usual side effects.

I have had crohn's for a decade and only really suffered this in the past few years and dont know why...but our body's do change so you just have adjust best you can and ask your GI.

Good luck it is so annoying and I have had the years of chronic d and I would much prefer d to constipation and sluggish gut any day but thats just me.
Tina 26yrs old Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's surgery for perianal abscess and fistulas
currently on Imuran 125mg Motillium for digestion used in the past Remcide, salofalc, pred.
Worst pain equal to child labor was after eating home made Granola...i can still hear the screams ha ha.

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   Posted 11/16/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you posters realize this post is from February 2008? I don't even think the OP is even around anymore. Just fyi!
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