left side pain, colonic intertia?

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Date Joined Aug 2011
Total Posts : 22
   Posted Today 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all-
I've been posting and reading alot about the BM patterns and meds/diets used for colonic inertia--pre surgery--but I haven't seen anything posted about a consistent pain in the lower left side.  That pain is what brought me in to the dr in the first place, although my constipation had already been pretty bad (3Xmonth at that time, without meds).  Even when I've cleared my bowels through meds/diets (like a colonoscopy cleanse), the pain is still usually there.  There are some times (maybe a couple of days per week, at best) when I don't notice it.  Sometimes it bothers me enough that it pretty much immobilizes me, usually in the evenings, night-time.  Pain is usually dull and persistant, but can move to strong, and/or burning, and/or sharp.  It's been over a year. 
Dr.s really haven't been very helpful.  Some have said it might be a hernia they can't detect, others say it is directly related to the colonic inertia.  In addition to the tests listed in my signature, dr.s have done multiple x-rays, an ultrasound and manual exams on the surface area.
So...does anyone else have this specific, non-changing pain on the lower left?  I certainly get other pain with this, but nothing like the one I'm writing about.
-Lifelonge chronic constipation, never identified as a child
-Const became "severe" in the last decade=BM maybe 2X mth
-Told it was "just the way I was wired"
-Multiple lax/enema/meds and diets
-Colonscopy in Aug, 2011 fine
-Sitzmark test late Aug 2011= 21 markers out of 24 markers after 5 days
-Colonic Inertia
-Sched for total colectomy 10/10, sm bowel to rectum, probably no bag

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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted Today 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you had a CT or colonoscopy?
Sarah - 39 year old mum of 2 boys, runner/triathlete from UK
June/Oct 2010 - Peritonitis/perforated diverticulitis. Sigmoid colectomy, temp ileo then reversed.
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July 2011 - Permanent end Ileostomy after begging surgeon to put it back
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Date Joined Mar 2011
Total Posts : 272
   Posted Today 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
If you read some of my posts on colon inertia, you will see I have complained about lower left abdomen pain or it is more upper for me a lot, too really bad for the past 3 years.  I found out on Friday, that I have a severe case of gastroparesis, which is only getting worse, even after total colectomy surgery this year!  My surgeon on Friday explained that when you stomach empties very slowly that it can expand to horredous amounts in your body.  Have you ever had a gastric empyting test to check you stomach?  Yes, your lower left abdomen probably is due to your constipation issues, too because the stool and trapped gas just gets stuck ready to come out, but you can't.  I really hope everything works out for you!
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