Originally Posted by et124
I'm 17 years old and was diagnosed two months ago with a tortuous colon. I have searched all through out this website for anyone who has the same problem as me and that may have some solutions. I have come up empty handed. Anyone else suffering from this? Any solutions? Anyone else also suffering with anxiety because of having a tortuous colon?
I am 59 years old and like you started with bowel problems at a young age.
Due to my age and advances in medicine I was not diagnosed until my early 40's during a colonoscopy which also revealed polyps which were removed at that time and were benign (not cancerous). Yes anxiety develops due to concerns when flare ups will occur, foul gas, bad breath, pain. At your age I know it is a huge concern not to embarrass yourself, the anxiety only increases.
I sympathize completely with you, as an older person and even with a better understanding of whats happening it doesn't stop my concerns over my health and especially worry when around people about gas, running to the bathroom and foul smelling bowel movements when not at home.
Its all to easy to start a pattern of avoidance of people, worry ongoing if your severely ill.
I'm seeing a specialist today so don't know what he will do the help me but would like to communicate further what help is available for our problem.
Hopefully medical advances can now help us.