Had Colonoscopy...

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friendlygal
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   Posted 3/3/2007 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, I recently had a colonoscopy done and the doctor performing it wrote that my colon is "tortuous" with twists and spasms all over the place.  And she wrote that she had to turn me so many times and use compression so that several times she didn't think she'd be able to complete the procedure!!
 
I do not have polyps though, thank G-d! :)
 
Anyway, so this all explains why I couldn't go bowel for a month.  And, also my tortuous colon could also explain why I have GERD...
Anyone else think that maybe their colon problem caused their GERD?
 
 

Lonibel
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   Posted 3/3/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
A colon problem (resulting from a nightmare of a colonoscopy) was one of my theories about why I got GERD. Menopause was another one. Then I got a 6-year old foster daughter, and guess what? She has GERD. Her first night she propped herself up on 4 pillows; she sleeps almost sitting up. She complains about the "gooey stuff" in the morning, and coughs at night when she doesn't have enough lead time between dinner and lying down. I don't want to put her on PPI's, understandably. She continues to eat what she wants - "comfort food" - after being in many foster homes - no vegetables and fried kid food. And I don't push it because I have always been such a healthy eater and *I* have GERD!??

friendlygal
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   Posted 3/4/2007 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Lonibel, thanks so much for sharing...Why was your colonoscopy such a bad experience?  Mine was easy, but I was sedated...

I was in pain afterward for a couple of days (in my intestinal area) but after that I was good.

Good for you for caring so much for this child!!  I hope that her GERd goes away!!  Yours too!!


debaser
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   Posted 3/5/2007 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Friendly, what are they going to do to help you?

friendlygal
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   Posted 3/5/2007 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,debaser.  I'm not sure yet what they will do.  I have a meeting on the 20th after the biopsies come back.

Lonibel
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   Posted 3/5/2007 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Friendly,

My colonoscopy was bad because when I got home I passed 2 blood clots which scared me. I was sick for 2 days afterward, with a pain in my right side. All this to tell me I *was* healthy - (who knows what damage they did).

Sigh. I'm not on PPI's but decided to try a 20 mg. Protonix last night for my night-time GERD. I tossed and turned all night, with more discomfort than usual, had more mucus in my throat this morning, and had bowel urgency this a.m. Responses like this do not encourage me to get on medication for the GERD.

friendlygal
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   Posted 3/6/2007 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Lonibel, I am sorry for what you went through!

debimum
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   Posted 3/12/2007 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, I am sorry you had such a painful experience.  And I know colonoscopies are different for everyone.  I was able to be asleep for mine.  With have twists and turns like you do, no wonder is hurts.   I had a colonoscopy and endoscope March 1.  I was so sick after mine, and had diarrhea for over a week and pain. But mine was at the upper end, still have discomfort at my liver/kidney area and pain down my esophagus.  I do hope you can get some answers. 

One thing that bothers me is when the doctor or nurse says, well you shouldn't be having this pain/sick feeling from these two tests. How do they know.  They don't know how my body reacts to things like this.  So then if they don't feel it should give discomfort, then it's not real.  oh grrrr.  Just because the book says we shouldn't have pain or anything if they see a healthy colon or esophagus.  The doctor said everything looked fine, but when my GP read the report, it said I have two small ulcerations and some esophagitis.  Am still running a fever and feel sick. 

So you tell your doctor what is going on.  I was also on protonix when I was in the hospital for a couple of days and I didn't feel good taking it.  Luckily I had nurses that believed me and told the doctor it wasn't helping.  I have been on prevacid for many years now. I was told to take two a day now. Which I don't want to do.  My niece said to try aloe vera juice, she said it helped to heal her insides and get rid of the ulcers.   I know slippery elm helps with intestines too. It's healing.

You take care.  And don't be afraid to write some questions down to ask the doctor.  And don't let him/her bully you, you have a right to ask questions and get answers.

 
back to square #1- off meds for now-dx with fibro.  Have a positive ANA. . Pain reliever. lodine- possibly neurotin 300mg, (not sure about that yet) sublingual B-12 , Chronic shortness of breath, sinus infections.  Asthma/COPD.
 
 


friendlygal
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   Posted 3/14/2007 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   

debimum, hi there

what form of slippery elm are you taking?  Is it a capsule?  all i saw are capsules where i went.

i take prevacid twice a day and i thinlk that that is one reason why i had the huge constipation problem that caused the twists and turns.  i am in a ton of crampy pain right now so my pain had nothing to do with the colonoscopy since it is way afterward.  i have an appointment with the GI doctor on the 20th.  i called the place and spoke to a nurse.  she thinks that a twisted colon just causes bloating and gas.  she is wrong, it can also cause MASSIVE pain.

i am wanting surgery to take out the twists and get rid of some of my elongated colon.

but the nurse said that that is usually not done and only a last resort.  have any of you heard of this surgery and of its success rate?  i heard that infants go into emergency surgery with what i have!


friendlygal
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   Posted 3/14/2007 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, indersonu.  That was helpful.
 
I think that I also have to avoid stress at all costs.  And I think that there may be a possibility of this going back to normal one day.
 
I really am having a good, positive night. :))
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