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Sometimes I ask me if what I have is just an IBS. My enema varitae exam show me a longest colon than a normal one. And widest too. It is specially long in the left vertex. I think there it can press my stomach. In addition, almost all of my pain is in that left vertex. The problem is doctor say that have a longest colon than normal is normal (?????) and many people have it, so he doesn't recommend me a surgery. But my GI disorders are really bad and I wonder if a surgery should relieve me. The choice is hard. Do domeone of you been subject to a surgery to cut a piece of colon? and does it relieve you? Or do someone of you have IBS and a longest colon than normal? If it is, what do your doctor say? Moreover, my supposed IBS is very strange because the trigger are physical exercises that stress my abdominal muscles, which is an atypical thing. I'm very confused now. If you have a similar experience, please give me an advice.
 
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Hmmm. I have never heard of a long colon causing IBS. Its a new one on me. Here is what I can tell you. Supposedly, IBS can not cause physical tears or holes or scarring. Surgery is an extreme measure and I would not consider it unless your symptoms are very very extreme. I have been told that IBS is a disorder of colon motility. I don't see how chopping off a peice of your colon will help the sensitivity of the remaining peices of your colon. If anything, I would be worried that surgery would exasterbate the symptoms. I know every fistula and fissure surgery I have had has come with the potential consequence of incontinence. (No worries, I have been lucky .) Its your choice, but be sure to weigh the options and consequences of each possible treatment. My vote is for simply learning live with and treat your symptomology. For certain, I would get a second opinion before having any surgery...especially removal of a non-diseased colon. Good luck!
 
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Hello there--I read your post with interest as I myself have been told that I have a"redundant colon"--after my last barium x-ray, they had to use 2 plates to fit my entire colon on as they said it was so huge.I was told that after so many years of IBS, (17) that the colon gradually "stretches" somewhat, and also there can be physiologicalvariances. I had also wondered about surgery and my GI dr at the time referred me to specialty surgeon-- I did this test called a "Sitz Mark" study--I swallowed a quantity ofradio-opaque "rings", and then 5 days later, had flat-plate abdominal x-ray to see where the rings were dispersed--hopefully, if a quantity of them are together, possibly the ricto-(sp)sigmoid portion of the colon, then surgery can be done to remove the "kink"--in my case, not only did I have all the rings still inside (no bm for 5 days), but they were dispersed equally throughout my colon---the DX?--"You're entire colon is not functioning--we would have to remove the entire thing, which would bring on another set of problems."--I had PRAYED that there would be something that could be done surgically to end this misery. It is interesting that there could be correlationbetween these "huge" colons that we have and whether or not they in themselves create the problem or if the IBS creates the physiological characteristics of the colon.Keep us posted on any additional info you come across--and please feel free to e-mail me for further discussion.
 

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I am assuming that you two have IBS-C; do either of you have colitis? Toxic megacolon is a complication of ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, ischemic colitis, pseudomembranous colitis or amebiasis and is defined as dilation of the colon with fulminant colitis. However, toxic megacolon is a life-threatening, emergency-type illness that you would need imediate attention for. Just thought I'd bring it up....------------------Veni, vedi, vici!
 
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Hi! I have read very attentionally your answers. I have never heard about the exam that see 5 days later where the ring are on the x-ray. Maybe I'll do this one. I think the clear-cut "V" angle in the transverse colon and the 360� in the left vertex can cause digestive problems. I also have a megacolon, but I don't know if it is a toxic one. Anyway I think doctors wouldn't make a surgery on my colon even if I would encourage them. And I'm agree that surgery is a dangerous choice. About IBS C or D, every doctors suppose a big colon must be "C", but I also have diarrhea many times. I think the worst thing is not "C" or "D", it is the extreme sensitivity. I have many exams (barium enema, transit, scan, blood, bacterias, etc) but I'm very afraid about colonoscopy. If it, as I suppose, will give negative results, don't compensate the pain and discomfort. Have the colonoscopy showed something wrong in someone of you?. Well, the other solution, the psychiatrist, only give antidepressants, which don't relieve enough. So, IBS is really a big trouble.
 

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Well I have IBS with constipation and my scope showed that my colon was longer than normal. I was told that this is typical for people who suffer from constipation. I get dirrhea if I eat the wrong foods though. Is that what triggers your diarrhea? Have you tried antispasmotics for your bowel problems yet?
 
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Nicol, I think in my case a longest and widest colon put a lot of pressure inside. I think this is why physical exercises which stress my abdominal muscles are the trigger to mi IBS crisis. When I just start a crisis, I'm every day with diarrhea and go to bath after eat anything, and I feel noises and movements just in that part of my colon specially long (the left vertex where colon turns in 360� up and down) and feel a lot of pain. Then it changes to constipation and then I feel fine again. During it I'm taking Librax, and before I took antidepressants. But all are the same, just relieve a little.
 
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