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I have been diagnosed with severe diverticulosis of the sigmoid colon. Is pain in area normal ?

I have been diagnosed with severe diverticulosis of the sigmoid colon.  Is pain in area normal ?

Maybe: Most people with diverticulosis don't hurt. When you have pain, fever, or change in your bowel habits, you are dealing with diverticulitis and you should check in with your doctor. ...Read more

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Colon (Definition)

The colon is another term for the large intestine. This is the final portion of the digestive system, responsible for absorbing water and storing stool before evacuation. It is divided into sections described as cecum; ascending, transverse, descending and ...Read more


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3 wks postop sigmoid colon removal pain free till yesterday. First menstruation since surgery today and hard cramping at preop pain area. ?

3 wks postop sigmoid colon removal pain free till yesterday. First menstruation since surgery today and hard cramping at preop pain area. ?

Not unusual: during menstruation the engorged uterus contracts to expel the menstrual blood. This is likely putting pressure on the surgical site. The hormones of the luteal phase of the cycle also slow gut motility- this may also contribute to the discomfort. See your surgeon if this persists or worsens. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Colonic (Definition)

This is a combining term referring to some condition, treatment or disease of the colon. Such as colonic enema, colonic ...Read more