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Redundant Colon Symptoms
I have a severely redundant colon that is also permantly distended by gas, why can stool slowly get through but the gas does not, it goes backwards?
Different processes: Passage of gas is more mechanical process than passage of stool that requires active peristalsis in your colon to pass BM. If you haven't done it, you should have a GI consult for an endoscopic exam for proper diagnosis and management. Use OTC meds for gas and diet modification (avoid beans, cauliflower) in the meantime. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have severely redundant colon that pushes up into my stomach, excruciating pain and nausea if I had temp ileostomy would I still have same symptoms?
Temporary relief: While redundant colon can cause symptoms especially when it displaces upward toward stomach, ileostomy is only temporary relief. Minimizing bowel content reaching distal colon can help for a while but in general the redundant bowel is subject to torsion or twisting and rather then having the problem of bloating and pain one can go on to develop necrosis of bowel requiring emergency surgery. ...Read more
Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more
Could u recommend some body having redundant colon to have colon surgery by fearing that some day it could happen colon twisting?
Volvulus is...: ...Colon obstruction brought about by twisting of the colon. While having "redundant colon" may be a common factor in people who develop volvulus, we never recommend surgery for this condition unless they have had a documented episode of obstruction. Stated another way, many people have redundant colon (esp in the elderly and/or chronic constipation) but few develop volvulus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes very long, tortious colon with slow colonic transit, per sitzmarks (over half left in 5 days)? Does psyllium fiber cause redundant colon?
Yes: Fiber is healthy for general health and is helpful with colon function (i.e. Constipation). However, as with all good things there is another aspect. One side effect of a high fiber diet is enlargement and elongation of the colon. This can result in side effects like colon malrotation or torsion. Please know a low fiber diet leads to diverticula formation and the increased risk of diverticulitis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a malrotated colon type 1. I was born with redundant colon and almost all of my colon is at the left side. My doctor advise me to live with it.
Surgical opinion?: Is your doctor a gastroenterological surgeon? If not then find one and get a second opinion. ...Read more
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