I am a 57 year old female. Perfect weight, 5'6 128 pounds. However, I have a very BIG PROBLEM with my EXTREMELY REDUNDANT COLON. I went for a routine colonoscopy when I was 50 but the doctor woke me up immediately after starting the procedure. He said in over 10 thousand procedures, he has NEVER seen a more redundant colon. He then advised me to never attempt to have a colonoscopy again because if I do then most likely, my colon would be perforated or the camera would get stuck and have to be surgically removed.
Since this experience my Mother not knowing of my ordeal attempted to have a colonoscopy and her colon was perforated and she died a few days later of sepsis. (Perhaps this extremely redundant colon is hereditary?)
I had a barium enema several years ago and the technician had a very difficult time because the barium was stuck in several of my colon loops and would not flow through properly.
Because of my severely redundant bowel, I am on Miralax (one scoop a day)
and that keeps my bowels moving once a day or sometimes every other day. Without it, I would go for 15 days with no bowel movement and become very distended and ill.
I had a Virtual Colonoscopy a few years ago and had much difficulty with the prep. With much delayed reaction to the prep, my bowels did not start to empty out until a couple hours prior to the procedure, and when they finally started to move, I had numerous explosive movements and I ended up wearing a diaper to the hospital, still having explosive movements up to the time of the procedure. They almost would not do the procedure because, I was still expelling brown water.
I recently had been having heartburn so my general doctor ordered an upper GI. That procedure went well and the doctor immediately saw reflux, however, even though I am taking the Miralax daily, 9 FULL SIZE BOWEL MOVEMENTS LATER, and 7 DAYS LATER, is when the BARIUM showed up in my stools. That means that poop is taking several days to travel out of my body. Like a backed up train, waiting for one car to exit at a time.
I don't know what to do, if there is anything that can be done.... but I would sure like to be normal. I am also fearful that with the bowel taking so long to empty through my digestive tract, that I could end up with colon cancer.
Last edited by patriciaw123; 09-10-2011 at 12:07 AM.