Colonoscopy...seems I have some answers...that lead to more questions???

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   Posted 3/26/2007 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Everyone
Just got home from my colonoscopy and i'm still a bit groggy headed, so if this seems to make less than a lot of sense...bare with me.
I was dx'd with IBS some years ago...about 5...and recenty began having exaggerated symptoms. Bloody diahreah and constipation alternating...literally from one day to the next or even within one day at times. Much stomach cramping and discomfort. My doc...who is just great!...did as thorough an exam as i think she could've done. She took several biopsies which will be back in a few weeks and i'll see her in a month for follow up. Seems i have a progressed form of IBS which she called severe or Spastic Colon which includes 'brain-gut disfunction'. Here's where it gets interesting. Brain-gut disfunction is a neurologic disorder whereby the central nervous system and the gi tract aren't communicating properly. In essence, there's some malfunction on the part of the central nervous system preventing the signal from getting to the bowel and colon. Meaning, IBS or Spastic Colon aren't diseases, but rather function disorders...this being caused by a root prob with the cns. Hummmmmmmmmmmm......makes u think, eh?? I told her of my ongoing issues and questionable nervous system probs and she said it could fit right in with that. She didn't really give me much input on the whole 'ms connection' then...i suspect more will come up in our follow up visit and if not i'll be asking. In the meantime i'm on FOUR Fiber-Con pills a day (that alone should be a meal!!), i have to use Bene-Fiber once a day with food and she gave me Levbid to take twice a day. 
Guess i know more than i did about my overall health, but this sure leaves me with many questions on how the pic all fits together.
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   Posted 3/26/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Seems like you've got the picture together pretty well -- as you said, it's a neurological disorder where the central nervous system is malfunctioning, signals aren't getting through to the gi tract, and when that happens, all sorts of things in the gi tract can go awry, including the bowel problems you're experiencing.

There are lots of ailments that aren't by themselves diseases, but are indicators of something else gone awry. Like, in MS, spasticity isn't in itself a disease, but is a sign that the signals from brain to muscles isn't working right, and the muscles are contracting. Or like a fever isn't a disease, but a signal that there is some disease somewhere in the body that causes it.

The challenge for the doctor, now, is to figure out WHICH central nervous system disorder it is that is causing your problems. Is it MS, or something else, which is causing the signals from the brain to the gi tract to go awry? I don't know what other disorders can cause that...but presumably (hopefully!) your doctor will be able to tell you what she learns from the results of all your testing.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 3/26/2007 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Rhonda! What a day, but sounds like it was well worth it. Take it easy and try not to think too much about the puzzle right now. ;o)
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   Posted 3/26/2007 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Rhonda,
   Yay it's over and you made it through it!  I can see why you'd have more questions now, it all seems to intertwine with something.  Another clue to the big picture! Take it easy and I hope the fiber additives help.
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