narrowing of sigmoid and rectum

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   Posted 7/2/2010 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
i have uc for the last 10 years while being in remission for the last 2 years i do have a constant situation of narrowing of the rectum and sigmoid colon (the lower left side) which can be seen even in the "narrow shape" of the feces and an inabilty to "hold it" for more than a minute or two when in need to go to the bathroom because of the pressure i feel due to the narrowness of the rectum.

i wanted to know if anyone is suffering from the same problem, and i dont mean incontinence or the regular cant hold it while in a flare, because this is something i have even when i'm in total remission.


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   Posted 7/2/2010 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like narrowing caused by inflammation.

Are you using any rectal meds?


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   Posted 7/2/2010 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
hey thanks for the reply :)

no i dont, i used to before this happened but since then i cant really hold it in.

i dont really think its inflammation because its been like that for the last 5 years every single day. if there was a break in between even for a few days i'd suspect that but since its a constant problem and the fact that im in remission in all other symptoms for years i think its some kind of anatomical defect issue. the doctors dont really know what to say too they suggested that its inflammation but it just cant be. the last time i got colonoscopy was while i had a flare so they could seperate the two of course

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   Posted 7/2/2010 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe it's inflammation too. When was the last time you were scoped? The dead give away is your inability to hold rectal meds along with narrow stool.

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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   Posted 7/2/2010 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it's inflammation as well. The inflammation could be in a small area but that is what is causing the urgency.
Perhaps I'm wrong but I wouldn't consider myself in remission if urgency was still a symptom and for me urgency was one of the last to go.

When my flare was worst it was very hard to keep rectal meds in but I kept trying and got better at keeping them in longer one try at a time.
You should really get them into your nightly routine.
In remission April 2010 after 10 years of suffering and no remission ever
Jan 2010 started SCD diet (modified to remove dairy, fruit & juices)
Bleeding stopped in 3 days, 95% remission in 5.5 months
Diet: Gluten/grain-free, fructose-free (blueberries OK), dairy free (swiss cheese OK), starch-free
I eat: Protein(meat/fish/eggs,no soy), nuts(soaked/roasted), non-starch veggies, nut-flour muffins
Daily: fish oil, Vit D3 2000 2Xday with oil/fat, veggie juice, sunflower seeds, probiotic VSL#3
homemade yogurt and some fruit OK at 5.5 month remission :-)
Highly recommend: the book "Life without Bread" and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

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   Posted 7/2/2010 10:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a UC survivor for 14 years and counting, have had remissions and flare-ups alike. Since there is no cure for the disease we share, it's important that you share every little thing with your Dr. They are as determined as we are to get to a place for a cure. It starts with the meds, I have taken many over the years, and saw some go right thru me, not absorbed by my body to work. Your Dr. is able to help you if your body is not responding to meds.
As far as your thoughts shared here for your narrowed stools, you are having a start to a flare-up. I also have the left-sided affliction of my intestine, and once I see my stools are narrow, I know what's gonna happen for me, I will see this for a few days, have the urgency to go no matter where I may be, and never knowing when it will happen. My latest maintenance med is Apriso, seems to be working for my "remission", haven't had to take a steroid in over a year. Get with your Dr. and tell him, what you are dealing with. Also, if you haven't had a scope in the last year or so, it's time. I wish you well...
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