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Old 11-26-2007, 06:34 AM   #1
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Could I have an underlying Bowel disease? Please help

Hi to all, my problems started about 4 years ago with irregular BM. I would go for about 7-8 days without one and then have loose stools for about 4 days and the whole process would start again. I have had a full hysterectomy 20 years ago at the age of 26 and had since had surgery to remove lesions.
Two weeks ago I started with awful pain and cramp to the lower left of my abdomen and the comstipation followed by days of loose stools continued. My GP sent me for an xray and then rang me at home asking me to go see him asap. My xray showed... moderate featal loading, lack of bowel gas and an underlying mass in the bowel. She sent me straight to the surgical dept at the hospital for possible surgery. They inserted a rigid thing?? with camera on the end and said I was just constipated with a huge featal obstruction in the bowel. I was sent home with laxitives and told that in six weeks time they would do a barium enema to see if all was ok then. they also said that the xray of my bowel was like none they had seen before in as much that the bowle was all to one side and up in my stomach rather than in the right place.
My main concern is, should they have sent me home?, is it possible there could be some REASON for the featal obstruction occuring and could this be a symptom of another disease or just constipation. I am so worried and scared that it could be something else casing this.
Thank you for your replies in advance.

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Old 11-27-2007, 11:15 AM   #2
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Re: Could I have an underlying Bowel disease? Please help seems your digestive tract is shaped kind of wonky. Were there any areas that were mentioned to be twisted or bigger...etc?

Did they ask you about your food intake? Not that it can change the shape of your bowel....but it can help to move food through the system better.

I would say that fecal obstruction would be because of a functional problem in the bowel itself...or it could be that the natural peristalsis isn't functioning as it should....but is it in only the colon, or is it all through the digestive tract...etc?

Are they planning to do a transit time test on you?

I can understand how scared you must be, and having you stay in the hospital probably wouldn't change anything unless you had something obvious that couldn't (hopefully) be cleared out with laxatives. saying are you today? Did you take the laxatives? are you feeling better or worse? If you're worse or not improving, you would have to go to the hospital again.

Is this a problem that's been going on for a long while or has it just started?

OK...enough questions.... ;-)

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Old 11-28-2007, 12:21 AM   #3
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Re: Could I have an underlying Bowel disease? Please help

Hi quincy, many thanks for your reply, in answer, no, not really feeling any better.The pain in my left side is still there, and even though I have taken all the laxitives and I am going everyday, this is the same as before in as much that it is just "overflow" and not moving the "obstruction". I eat a high fibre diet and exercise plenty (five horses!!). As yet no one has mentioned a transit time test or anything other than a barium enenma. I am worried because I was wondering if there could be some "nasty" in there that is causing a fecal blockage and if I may end up having surgery.
Many thanks again

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