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Just diagnosed with tortuous colon

Digestive Health | Last Active: Sep 11 10:16pm | Replies (42)

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Oh cool. I will try sleeping on my left side. I did finally hear from the doctor. And I have to have a colonoscopy every 5 years instead of every 10 years. The thing is that type of polyp that I mentioned, that's the type that has the propensity to turn into cancer. There's two types of polyps that they could find. One will always be benign and never turn into cancer and then the other one is the tubular adenoma. Tubular adenomas are exactly what they're looking for when they do colonoscopies. Those are the ones that are going to eventually become cancer and because of that I have to go every 5 years instead of 10. Also from what I've read redundant colon makes colonoscopies difficult. And actually in the report of my colonoscopy the doctor did indicate that it was difficult. So the fact that they're more difficult and that I have to have them more often is a little bit concerning

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Try not to worry about the more frequent colonoscopies since G.I. doctors do them all of the time and become expert at navigating tortuous colon. It is important to keep up on the schedule of screening for recurrent polyps so have your colonoscopy no later than the five year mark. I also have a torturous/redundant colon which developed because of chronic constipation. I drink at least 64 ounces of water a day, follow a healthy diet with lots of fiber, and use 1/2 cup of warm prune juice if I feel it starting to get constipated. Works like MiraLAX as an osmotic laxative. I don’t rush in the morning and have learned to manage my stress, since there is a very strong correlation with the brain and gut. As a last resort, you see a colorectal specialist and consider laparoscopic resection of part of colon. I find I can live with it since the lifestyle changes. Good luck!