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Old 10-11-2007, 11:51 AM   #1
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Don't know what to do?

About a year ago I started to get strange abdominal sensations only bothering me when I went to bed at night - feeling as if something was pushing and pulling in my abdomen anywhere from round tummy button to down inside of hip joints. It was just bad enough to stop me sleeping. I seemed to have alot of wind at same time. As soon as I got up it hardly bothered me.

I had a scan of my aorta - normal
I had abdominal and pelvic ultrasound - normal except for known long standing tiny gallstones but no complications.
I had extensive blood tests - all normal not aneamic, liver etc normal
I had occult blood stool tests - negative
I had full stool analysis - normal no bacteria etc
I had sigmoidoscopy - totally normal

I have experienced this on and off since then - consultant said he thought it was IBS and as long as I had check kept on gallstones to show no complications I didn't need operation. I have always had sensitive bowel with 2-3 loose bowel motions in morning then rabbit like dropping in evening.

I saw another Dr who said as I hadn't had a colonoscopy he would send me for one but I have severe spinal problems and last week I had a general anaethetic for gyny proceedure and the handling under anaaethetic has worsened my spinal condition considerably and could not bear to go through colonoscopy as I am in terrible pain from my spinal condition and also the movement under sedation could harm me even more.

My GP says that nearly all bowel cancers will give positive occult blood tests if you do the three days running tests and everyone he has seen with bowel cancer has also been anaemic. I am 46 years old. Also I am just about to have MRI scans of thoracic and lumbar spine because of other problmes which may ormay not be causing the abdominal sensations as well.

I have already postponed the colonoscopy for a month to see if my pain levels will improve and am seeing my neurosurgeon as well about what extra damage may have been done to my neck under GA.

I am torn between cancelling the colonoscopy because of the possible damage that could be done under sedation to my already crippled spine or going ahead because I know the ultimate test is the colonoscopy.

I do not have any symptoms of colon cancer other than these strange bouts of nightime abdominal pressure and sensations which I can have on and off for a few weeks then not at all for months.

I know you can have a CT colonoscopy but don't want to expose myself to the high radiation of that proceedure. Is it possible to have MRI of colon????

Any opinions please

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