Posted 10/20/2010 7:25 AM (GMT -6)
Do you think you'll go ahead with the take down?
Diagnoses: Appendicitis, Terminal Ileitis, Crohn's, Celiac Disease, IBS-C, Chronic Constipation, Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, Anismus
Tests: 2 Colonoscopies, 2 CT scans, Sitzmark Test, Anorectal Manometry, Food Allergies, Thyroidism, Pudental Nerve Study, Defacogram, SMART Pill, Electromyogram, Celiac Panel, Small Bowel Study, Gastric Emptying Study - Solids

Tried: Pentasa, exercise, diet changes, pro-biotics, vitamins, laxatives, stool softeners, Miralax, Amitiza, anti-depressants, fiber supplements, water enemas, Fleet enemas, suppositories, mineral oil, phenergan, Zofran

Currently: Biofeedback
Posted 10/20/2010 8:16 PM (GMT -6)
I hate to sound like an idiot but can I ask "what is biofeedback"
Posted 10/20/2010 9:21 PM (GMT -6)
Biofeedback is where you lay down (and/or sit up) on the table with two cords running to you. One is a sensor that is placed on your abdomen to detect movement and another that is hooked up to a sensor that you have inside your rectum.

There are two screens that show the levels of movement and the squeezing or pushing of your rectum.

The sensor also operates as an electrical current that can send pulses of electricity for stimulation.

While you do "exercises" you can watch on the screen how much your rectum is tightening or not (depending on your issue). A normal person should be flatlining while just resting. It is supposed to help retrain your muscles. The exercises are kind of like kegel exercises for your rectum.

Hope that makes sense.


My surgery date is now set for the 9th!
Diagnoses: Appendicitis, Terminal Ileitis, Crohn's, Celiac Disease, IBS-C, Chronic Constipation, Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, Anismus
Tests: 2 Colonoscopies, 2 CT scans, Sitzmark Test, Anorectal Manometry, Food Allergies, Thyroidism, Pudental Nerve Study, Defacogram, SMART Pill, Electromyogram, Celiac Panel, Small Bowel Study, Gastric Emptying Study - Solids

Tried: Pentasa, exercise, diet changes, pro-biotics, vitamins, laxatives, stool softeners, Miralax, Amitiza, anti-depressants, fiber supplements, water enemas, Fleet enemas, suppositories, mineral oil, phenergan, Zofran

Currently: Biofeedback
Posted 10/21/2010 6:37 PM (GMT -6)
Thank you for your reply, yes it makes sense. My next question is this. What is the reason for doing this. Is it something you do for yourself or does it help in the diagnosis of anything.
Posted 10/21/2010 6:46 PM (GMT -6)
I always show a flat line when bearing down to have a bm....I am weird I guess.
Diagnosed w/colonic inertia, obstructive defecation syndrome, anismus, rectocele, and intussusecption
2005-hysterectomy w/pelvic prolapse repairs
2006-sacralcolopopexy
2010-subtotal colectomy, rectopexy, and temporary diverting loop ileostomy
Take-Down-TBA
 

Posted 10/21/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -6)
It is supposed to make the muscles relax. You can continue doing the exercises without the monitor at home.

That is weird, Tracy! :)
Diagnoses: Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, Anismus
Surgery: Scheduled November 9th - subtotal colectomy with anastomosis

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