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Ripley
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posted 08-24-1999 03:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ripley   Click Here to Email Ripley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone had problems with adhesions affecting their colon? I'm having a bad time because of them, I think. I cannot have colonoscopy or flex.sigmoid tests because of the kinking of my colon and intestines. I have IBS C&D but actually work at keeping the D condition because I can't stand the pain of firm stools coming through----and when they do they are only pencil thin. I think this causes me so much pressure and pain----I feel like my hind-end is falling out. What can or should be done to get rid of or ease this.

Ripley

Nicol
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posted 08-24-1999 04:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yes I have adhesions around my rectum and find it hard to push anything through no matter how soft it may be. You can probably still have a colonoscopy because they pump you full of air to stretch things out before they put the camera in. You have to be really kinked up in there for them not to be able to do the test and I have only known of one person (this is from a year on 6 different IBS/IBD boards) who was like that. Odds are that you are ok, lets hope you don't defy the odds lol! Fibre should help to keep things stretched out and open which will make it easier for things to pass through. If you increase your fibre then don't forget to increase your water as well, this is really important to keep things moving.

Ripley
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posted 08-24-1999 04:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ripley   Click Here to Email Ripley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for your reply, Nicole. Unfortunately, I am that oddity----I have had both procedures tried in the last year and they have to stop after less than one minute of trying because they can't get through---without causing me too much pain and don't want to force the instruments and cause damage. I'm afraid to try the fiber. It seems to make me feel worse----and I also have interstitial cystitis which makes drinking a lot of water a problem. I sip water off and on all day but if I plan on leaving the house or sleeping I can't drink much at a time. It is a catch 22 type of situation for me-----but we must keep trying, right? Hope you are feeling well.

Ripley

Ripley
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posted 08-24-1999 04:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ripley   Click Here to Email Ripley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nicol, I'm sorry I spelled your name wrong in the last post.

Ripley

LindaB
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posted 08-24-1999 10:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LindaB     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi, Ripley. When I had my gallbladder out this past April, the surgeon said it "was covered with adhesions and stuck at the bottom" which was why it was not working. Although she removed the adhesions in that area she said they would return.

Here is a good web site with lots of info on this subject. http://womenshealth.miningco.com/msubadhesions.htm

Ripley
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posted 08-24-1999 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ripley   Click Here to Email Ripley     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
LindaB, that you so much for the website on adhesions. It is going to take me two days to get through everything! It brought me to tears as I read the opening articles----I am not alone! Someone understands! Thanks.

Ripley

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