I just joined hoping that someone could give me some answers, or somewhere just to let out my frustrations. All my life I have struggled with constipation. As a child, my mother gave me suppositories all the time. As the years progressed, whenever I went to the doctor, they always told me I was constipated. As I got into my teenage years, I never thought about it that much because then I struggled with a disorder, anorexia.
Well, in the past few years, things have gotten extremely worse. I have tried every single laxative known, or try other alternatives to get off of them, but I can never stop using dulcolax, and I hate taking them! A few years ago, I noticed this pain on my left upper abdomen getting worse and worse. I was not sure what it was. I had an EGD and colonoscopy done to reveal what the problem was. Nothing at of the ordinary. However, I still had this pain on my left abdomen that could not go away, and got worse every time I ate or drank something.
Also, I started to notice that I made these weird gurgling noises all the time on my left abdomen that hardly ever went away. I had the worse time passing gas; it always seem to be caught in there. I had trouble expelling it properly. I was always taking gas-x or something or ate very little to help with the pain and bloat on my left side. Well, I got to try and help with the gas to help my constipation as much as possible by trying to stay cleaned out because I don't go to the bathroom at all without the aid of laxative. It could still be 2-3 weeks, and I will not go the bathroom. Well, it was taking me at least 5-6 dulcolax or in combination with colace to go the bathroom! Plus, when I did get cleaned out, you tell the laxative was done, and then gurgle, gurgle and bloat on left abdomen. Laxative did it's job, and not my left side felt tired!!!!
Finally, had another test done, a colon transit study. After a week of not going to the bathroom, of course I knew would happen, all the markers got stuck in my splenic flexure, right where I start my pain all the time. I met with a surgeon, and the gi doctor and surgeon both consulted and determined a laprascopic left hemicolectomy would help. When the surgeon performed my operation a couple months ago, he found I had a major kink on my left side, my descending colon went well above my spleen, back down, and then went horizontally to my transverse colon. Well, we all thought that would help!
However, here I am again still having constipation problems. Now, the only problem is that I am still getting pain on my left abdomen every time I eat or drink something. It just migrated from my splenic flexure down to the lower part of my abdomen. Also, I still make gurgle, gas noises sometimes just not as frequent or loud. Plus, I still have a hard time passing gas, it just stays put in there unless I take a laxative. It is like stool tries to force itself out, but it can't, so then that is about the only time I pass gas with a laxative. The only thing that really works again is dulcolax! Ughh!!!! I have to take like 3 of thing to get the best bm! The only part I cramp the worst when I take a laxative is the left lower abdomen. It tries sooo hard to push the stool out. It makes me wonder now if I was never tested for an outlet problem. What does everyone think?
Tomorrow I am scheduled for a barium enema to see how my anastomosis is healing, and to examine the rest of my colon? Will the barium enema check for an outlet problem?
Right now, I just know I am tired of losing weight. Constipation (get afraid to eat sometimes due to pain getting on left lower abdomen now compared to before or afraid of not being to expel it out or just not wanting to go through the pain of taking a laxative!), problems expeling gas, etc.
Has anyone else had problems with a constant bulge, trapped air on left abdomen trying to expel out, but they can't even after having a bm? Also, I have tried more fiber, but when I can't expel any gas, all I do is get more bloated on my left abdomen, it just builds up and up! Any input here would be suggested? What do you think will happen? I hope we can find the solution soon b/c I know I am getting very weak and tired now-a-days!!!!!!