Anyone ever been told this??

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   Posted 5/27/2009 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Back in 2004, I was told my colon was more of a rubbery consistency instead of more of a muscular consistency making it nearly impossible to do a colonoscopy..The doctor told me the condition usually happens in the elderly, but there is a certain percentage of the population usually of european decent that have this rubbery colon.  I was told that had nothing to do with CD..Has anyone ever heard of this before or anyone with CD that has this??  I tried to google like rubber colon ect.. with no success for info..
Thanks so much,

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   Posted 5/28/2009 3:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Cindy,i've never heard of a rubbery colon but you've come to the right place to ask questions. Maybe some one will come along with some information for you good luck.

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   Posted 5/28/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I'd ask the doctor. I'm taking a guess that he meant your colon is quite redundant. Women tend to have a slightly longer colon than men. I know the only tough time we have w/my scopes are in the transverse colon. My gastro swears mine dips down to my pubic area! The colon is very flexible to begin with. Its not always that nice upside down U shape we see in the drawings. I fail to see where age would have anything to do w/that.

The only other thing I can think of is that he might feel it is too thin and might more easily perforate. "They" say our skin thins as we age, maybe he thinks your colon wall has as well. You almost have to ask the source what he meant.
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   Posted 5/28/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard of people who have such scarred intestines that it is the colon is about as flexible as a bike tire, while most peoples is like the inner tube, ours can get like the hard outter rubber tires from scarring.
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   Posted 5/28/2009 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   

It was from a GI in Fort Smith AR..He barely got into the colon during a colonoscopy and gave me that explanation if it helps, and he said it just rolled and even tried air..I was then awake and deflated and sent for a barium enema instead..I have not had another GI attempt it..I have had SBFT, EGD, CT's..My one son was born with his intestines backwards but it functions fine..He was diagnosed with CD at 18..


Thanks, Cindy

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