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   Posted 8/18/2006 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone! I'm from the IBS forum and I was wondering what are the first steps to see if this is an option for chronic C if everything else has been tried.  I've never been tested for colonic inertia.  If this can help me it'll save my life.  Do you always need a bag, I thought  I heard a few people say no.  Thanks!

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 8/21/2006 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
You need to request a sitz marker test to determine whether or not you have colonic inertia. The surgery to correct CI does not necessarily have an ileostomy, it's usually a straight hook-up (the small intestine) to the rectum. If you do indeed have CI then I recommend a colo-rectal surgeon who has LOTS of experience in surgery for this condition.

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

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 9/5/2006 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   

My APR surgery was a result of rectal cancer.  Permanent colostomy for 6 months now.  It is possible, with a colostomy, to irrigate and to wear only a small stoma cover most of the time.

Please do locate a qualified colo-rectal surgeon and get his/her opinion of your history and current situation.  The not-knowing is what is so difficult for all of us!  Go to the source for a better appraisal and recommendation.  Life doesn't have to be so hard.

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