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Has anyone out there had to have a colostomy bag due to having a large portion of their colon removed? I have horrid IBS-C and lots of redundant colon. I'd like the whole dang-blasted thing removed so I don't feel so horrible. I need to get a job and move on with my life but I can't until this is all resolved. I've thought about just removing the whole thing and getting a colostomy bag - anyone out there have any words of wisdom?? I'm 34 - too young to spend the rest of my life stopped up on a daily basis!!
 

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I know how you feel, but I would take having a stuffed up Colon anytime, then carrying a Colostomy bag around with me. Someone once told me "The grass always looks greener on the other side, but even that side needs to be mowed too". So each side has its +s and -s. --IBSsuffer
 

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Treatment for you Lisab(your doctor is probably one galaxy from there):Med Sci Monit. 2003 May;9(5):CR191-6.Colonic pacing in patients with constipation due to colonic inertia.Shafik A, Shafik AA, El-Sibai O, Ahmed I.Dept.of Surgery and Experimental Reseearch.BACKGROUND: The colon exhibits electrical activity in the form of pacesetter potentials (PPs) and action potentials (APs); no activity is recorded in total colonic inertia (TCI). Electrical activity mediates colonic motility. We have elsewhere demonstrated that 4 pacemakers initiate colonic electric activity. We investigated the hypothesis that the absence of electric activity in TCI is due to non-functioning pacemakers and that their stimulation produces colonic motility and defecation. MATERIAL/METHODS: 19 patients with TCI were divided into 2 groups: a study group of 11 patients (age 42.6I6.8 years; 7 women) and a control group of 8 patients (age 41.4I6.3 years, 5 women). 7 healthy volunteers (age 40.9I6.1 years, 5 women) were also studied. Pacing electrodes were endoscopically hooked to colonic mucosa: one stimulating and 2 or 3 recording. Stimulating electrodes were applied to the 4 potential pacemaker sites located at the cecal pole, the cecocolonic junction, the mid-transverse colon, and the colosigmoid junction. Electrical activity was recorded before and during electrical stimulation. RESULTS: Colonic pacing of healthy volunteers caused a significant increase in the frequency, amplitude and conduction velocity of basal electric waves. Colonic pacing in the study group produced PPs and APs, which varied between colonic segments. No waves were recorded from the control group in which the pacemakers were not activated. CONCLUSIONS: Colonic pacing produces electrical activity in patients with TCI. This method can be applied for the treatment of constipation in these patients.
 

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Have you tried to eat some kiwis?Apparently it help.You have mail Lisab.
 
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