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I have a collapsed sigmoid colon. I've had severe back pain and right sided lower pelvic pain. And not feeling my best most of the time?

I have a collapsed sigmoid colon. I've had severe back pain and right sided lower pelvic pain. And not feeling my best most of the time?

Complex case: Hard to know if your symptoms contain direct or referred pain or both. 1. See a GI doc to learn of colon is functioning or the collapsed piece needs removal.'2. X rays of the spine are needed to learn if what treatment will benefit. 3. General Med exam to, check blood labs and sleep to evaluate your general condition. Only so much we can answer from afar

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I had a CT scan done for pain in my lower abdomen, the results show that I have a collapsed sigmoid colon. What does this mean and what can be done?

I had a CT scan done for pain in my lower abdomen, the results show that I have a collapsed sigmoid colon. What does this mean and what can be done?

See your doctor: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you.

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My CT scan showed that my decending and sigmoid colon was collapsed what does that mean?

ColonDidntFallInADay: Did they use that word? Or did they say "redundant"?? That's just a slightly longer colon that flops around or settles lower than normal and usually keeps out of trouble, except maybe for occasional constipation or cramps. Rarely, it will twist and cause a problem. As long as you are otherwise healthy, hydrated and eating fibre, you should do OK unless, of course it has collapsed, then you're SOL

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How much of sigmoid colon is seen on a 35 CM scope?

How much of sigmoid colon is seen on a 35 CM scope?

All: The colon on average is about 40cm in length. The sigmoid colon takes up the latter 10cm. Unless there wa a stricture or mass the surgeon or gastroenterologist should have seen the whole sigmoid colon.

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Flexible sig to 35 cm, would it show most of sigmoid colon?

Flexible sig to 35 cm, would it show most of sigmoid colon?

Get a colonscopy: Why was the sigmoidscopy reccomneed. Consider a full colonoscopy if you are concerned about colon cancer, such as having rectal bleeding, strong family history of colon cancer, etc. Although you are young for a screening colonscopy if you have any alarm features please do not stop at sigmoidscopy instead get a colonscopy.

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Could anyone explain the reasons why my sigmoid colon is remarkably thickened?

How do you know?: What makes you think your colon is thickened? Did a doctor tell? If so, you should ask that doctor. It is quite likely that your colon symptoms are part of your anxiety disorder and not an organic issue.

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What could be the probable diagnosis of a growth at sigmoid colon and rectm junction?

What could be the probable diagnosis of a growth at sigmoid colon and rectm junction?

Growth=Polyp=Tumor: A growth in the colon, also called a polyp, is a tumor or growth of abnormal tissue. They can be benign (non-cancerous) or cancer. Benign polyps such as adenomas have potential to turn to cancer if they grow a long time. Other polyps, such as hyperplastic, usually don't turn to cancer. Some polyps may already have cancer in them. Colonoscopy with biopsy is usually needed to make a diagnosis.

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Would riding a bicycle cause my waste to reach the sigmoid colon any quicker than normal everyday activity would? Or would it have the same rate?

Would riding a bicycle cause my waste to reach the sigmoid colon any quicker than normal everyday activity would? Or would it have the same rate?

Probably: Intestinal motility generally seem in part, dependent on physical activity, although it may play a minor role. People who are not physically active develop problems with constipation. Many studies show increased bowel activity with exercise.

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What does "sigmoid colon showed an ulcero-proliferative" mean?

What does "sigmoid colon showed an ulcero-proliferative" mean?

Your doctor can expl: The doctor who gave you this report must explain it to you, if you ask. It basically means that there is an ulcer in this lesion in your colon, where the cell are very active (proliferating). This may be a benign polyp, yet you need to get it removed as anything which is proliferating can turn into a cancer if you leave it alone inside for too long.

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What is the difference between recto-sigmoid colon vs recto-sigmoid junction?

Terminology: The junction is the area where the colon and the rectum meet and the recto-sigmoid colon is basically that small part of the colon above it.

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Can a very skinny person feel their sigmoid colon? & if so would it be hard/hard to move?

Can a very skinny person feel their sigmoid colon? & if so would it be hard/hard to move?

Not likely.: It would not be likely to be able to feel the sigmoid colon, unless it were particularly distended with very hard stool, which would be rather unusual. If you are feeling something in the left lower portion of the abdomen, I would contact your doctor for a physical examination to see what is wrong. Good luck.

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What does equivocal wall thickening of sigmoid colon and proximal rectum mean?

Maybe thickened: The wall of the bottom part of your colon might be a little thick but it isn't certain. What that means is there may be evidence of inflamed tissue when the wall of the colon is measured but a normal colon is sometimes the same thickness. Most likely further tests will be needed, such as a colonoscopy. That will be a decision made by you doctor based on the clinical situation.

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What would cause the colon to have a grainy texture and nodularity and mucus in the sigmoid colon if biopsies are negative?

What would cause the colon to have a grainy texture and nodularity and mucus in the sigmoid colon if biopsies are negative?

Colon biopsy: Biopsy does not show mucus. They did not biopsy what they saw or it was not there when biopsied. Discuss with your GI Dr.

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If I pooped out all I could beforehand, how much of a faster rate would my waste reach sigmoid colon after I rode a bike? Or is there no difference?

Transit time...: ...Through your intestines is determined by the composition of the food you eat (high protein, high fiber, high fat etc.) and how much water you drink. It is not determined by previous poops or bike rides.

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