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yes, i have heard the same about surgery and how it can cause more problems--and the scar tissue problems, too, worry me. plus i might have to have an ileo (a bag) because i have outlet problems--pfd, a rectocele and a vaginal prolapse. and i definitely do not want rectocele and/or prolapse surgery with all that horrid mesh!it's good your mother works in the GI lab--i imagine that's helpful in getting information....hopefully..although i don't think "moderately redundant--see ya" is helpful at all. quite dismissive, actually. that doc should have given you some advice as to how to deal with it, especially since it's causing you problems! yes, thanks i do plan on asking questions about the colonoscopy. i'm not sure i'll be in any condition to ask (or remember) much about it after the procedure but i'll ask plenty at the follow up--which won't be till january or so. have you had a chance to ask your doc if the colonoscopy showed any kinks or anything like that in the sigmoid area? anything that would shed some light on your situation?i have read that there are sphincters within the colon, at the junctures between the different parts--ascending, descending, transverse and sigmoid. i know i'm probably not quite explaining this properly, though. but they're there.hope the donnatol helps! i take librax--another antispasmodic--but yes, you're right---these meds do have a side effect of more constipation so i try to limit myself to only taking it when my pain is especially severe. but thankfully it does help with the pain.good luck--let's hope tomorrow is a better day--- i'm always telling myself that.
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- Creates a fast and reliable anastomosis.
- Reduces morbidity and mortality.
- Avoids the need for a protective stoma.
- Detects potential leakage after surgery.
- Maintains elasticity of the intestine after surgery.
- Has the possibility to stimulate, and to improve the outcome of the healing process.
- Monitors and determines the status of the circulation in the intestinal ends before creating the anastomosis.
- The surgical procedure should be short, user-friendly and easy to learn.
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To All of You Fellow Toilet Tangoers: I too have suffered with chronic constipation my whole life and not until I found this forum a short time ago, I suffered alone. I never realized there were so many of us out there dreading each and every day. Basing our whole lives around our bowel movements. I cannot work early morning jobs, I don't travel if the plan flight is too early in the morning, I miss going to important conferences because check-in and registration is usually too early for my system to accommodate. I never eat breakfast out and often have to say no to invitations to do things, all based on my bowels. I know I am preaching to the choir here but it often feels so unfair that we have to suffer like this for years on end. However, there can be light at the end of this dark tunnel. I was finally referred to the motility clinic at Cedar Sinai in Los Angeles. And I have to say this is the truly the poopie palace. These doctors embrace the whole bowel process and leave no stone unturned. They performed 5 different tests on me before a diagnosis. They found out I had both a biological problem which led to my physiological problems. I did a hydrogen breath test which showed I was positive for methane gas. This indicates and overgrowth of bacteria in my small bowel, which is the cause of my constipation and had it been eradicated many years ago I wouldn't have messed up my insides. The treatment for this was 2 specific antibotics and now a specific diet and to my surprise it is low in fiber, which goes against all we have heard about how to help constipation. The antibotics killed all the bacteria and by body does what it was meant to do naturally. For the first time in years I get an urge, sit on the toilet and poop. Just like that and it happens every day. I do still take Mirlax every night but according to the doc. not a problem. And without too much information the poops are normal and healthy. Now for the physiology which my help you guys with the crazy colons. My colon too is not normal, it transverses back and forth like a Z. But they did a test called a defocography to find this out which is much better then a colonoscopy. Barium paste is inserted in your rectum and then you poop while they are filming the process so they can actually see what happens to your insides when you make a bowel movement. It was more facinating then gross. It showed that I had have major surgery to repair the insides (rectopexy, rectocele and entrocele). But it has been 3 months now and I never thought I would have an urge and be able to just sit down and poop again. The diet is tricky but that can be for another time. I just wanted to say it feels good to not be alone and I hope this is a little help.
Wow! it sounds like you really found the right place. I live in Miami, but will consider going to Cedar Sinai if my condition does not improve in the next few months. I was doing really well only taking probiotic yogurt, benefiber and prunes and then about three months ago I started to have problems evacuating. Like you this is not really about constipation, but in getting everything out. I am now in the process of going through a CT scan and a small bowel series. I had a colonoscopy about a year ago and it was fine. I am currently taking aloe Vera in the morning and afternoon, probiotic in the morning and Creon with meal and am doing ok with the bloating (one of the worst symptoms for me) but I can feel that I have not evacuated completely.
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To Pukka, the decography test showed why I was unable to completely eliminate. It would take me at least 2 hours every day to completely empty and sometimes I would just give up and feel awful for the entire day. You might want to suggest to your doc. to be able to have a decography. This was where they found out my rectum had prolapsed, I had a rectocele and entrocele which all caused the stool to get caught up in places and not eliminate completely. Once they fixed how the stool came through the small bowel and colon they were able to address the cause, which was the overgrowth of bacteria. I believe our conditions are multifaceted and often doctors don't want to look at what can be the true cause, which is why I love the docs up at Cedar Sinai. They never said, eat more fiber, drink more water or just do suppositories, laxatives, etc., what they said is "You should not be constipated so let's find out why". Take care.
I looked up the Cinai center and it really looks like they know what they are doing. I am really happy for you!!! Do you think it was the operation or the antibiotics that have helped you improve with the incomplete evaculation?