SitzMark test?

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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/22/2010 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everybody.

I've been going through hell since I was little, constantly going to doctors appointments, the ER, trying to figure out what was causing all my pain. I kept being told I was constipated. Duh.

That was fine for a while, except its the only answer I've ever heard.

I work in surgery, and after years of just dealing with negative coloscopies, negative EGD's, negative CT scans, no luck on any drugs.... I finally used the resources I've surpassed every day, sucked it up, and asked one of the colo-rectal surgeons what the hell was wrong with me.

He asked me a couple questions, said something about slow colonic transit, called his nurse, who left a package with instructions for me in his office. Its a Sitz mark test. I'm supposed to take the pill immediately tomorrow morning, and my first x-ray will be on Monday. My second will be on Wednesday.

He said that he wasn't going to lie, but it sounded like I probably have colonic inertia. He told me that with all the avenues I've already been through, a colon resection may be the best option if this is truly what I have. I'm only 21, and the thought of having my WHOLE colon removed scares me...

My concern is, that I normally go about 10 days between BM's, and I'm approaching that soon. I'm worried that starting the Sitz mark so soon to my next expected BM will influence the test incorrectly...

And I'm so desperate for an answer that I cant even stand the thought of it coming back negative too.

Has anyone had similar experiences, or maybe just words of encouragement?

Equestrian Mom
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 7/23/2010 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum J-Rex! Have you checked out the Total Colectomy threads? Many posters on there suffer from CI and other motility issues and have a wealth of knowledge!

If you have a BM during the Sitz Marker test, tell your doc what happened, and he should reschedule it.

It sounds like you did the right thing by asking him his opinion and he can run the right tests to get the facts! Hang in there and try not to worry too much until you get an official diagnosis.

Keep us posted!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

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