I am not surprised that more doctors don't know about colonic inertia. I think it's mainly a colo-rectal surgeon specialty. When I was very ill with Ulcerative Colitis, my very favorite internist gave me emotional support while my GI treated my disease. After years of being sick and then having a total proctocolectomy with a j-pouch, my internist shared with me her own colon problems which consists of chronic constipation, etc. It was me who diagnosed her with colonic inertia, a problem that she, the doctor, had never heard of!!!
The benefit we have now that we didn't have ten years ago is the advent of the internet. Information is much more accessible, meeting others with similar problems is comforting, and sharing knowledge and experience is unparalled.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free