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Paralysed Bowel/Chronic Constipation

For 2 years and 7 months I have had many problems with my bowel.  I have seen many doctors and this time last year they came up with the theory that I had some type of parasite which I had picked up on an overseas trip.  Sure, that theory did prove right and I was treated for that parasite in August 08.  Last friday I saw a new doctor who is the head of the Dept. of Gastroenterology here in Melbourne at a very large hospital.  He has now come up with the theory that my bowel is paralysed or I have a spastic colon.  He agrees with all the other doctors I have seen and that the parasite is not to blame for my bowel situation.  He said this is more like a 'mechanical fault' and my bowel needs to be re-trained in how to function.  He suggested I start eating very high fibre foods which is the complete opposite to what I have been told in the last 18 months = low fibre, gentle foods.  There is a Doctor who worked in London for several years and he specialises in people who have this so I am possibly seeing him.  He again mentioned surgery as a final solution.........so confused, this is like living in a nightmare.  It may sound so pathetic and 'oh, wow, big deal, her bowel doesnt work so once a week I have to take Picolax but..........only I know how this really feels - pyhsically and emotionally!


I feel like I am in a big black hole trying to fight my way to the top and everytime I see a little light, a little ray of hope then = NOTHING!!!

Has anyone had this condition or going through the same thing.  Any suggestions.......??????? PLEASE!!!
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There have been postings on Medhelp whereby the suggested treatment of last resort for chronic constipation is a total colectomy.  You should ask your specialist whether he/she concurs with this line of thought.

If you wish to contemplate this operation then you might like to read my own experiences of this surgery which I placed in Medhelp in response to another Medhelp patient's question.  You can find it on:-

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/show/523166

Do come back if you would like any further information

regards
Morecambe
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I know we've talked before but I was just thinking out loud..did you ever go on that drug that was pulled from the market a few years ago for IBS-C sufferers...I think it was called zelnorm.  It was yanked because of heart problems but before it was pulled from the market I took it and it did the job...made the muscles of the colon work better..I think for special cases it's still allowed.  Did you ever give that a try? :S  
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