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Nov 1, 2019 · Failed colonoscopy, don't understand what Dr. was telling me in Digestive Health

I have Diverticulosis not Diverculitis is what the nurse said. Diverculitis is when you have infection, and I don't, just inflammation. I had no problem with the prep for my initial colonoscopy except it was unpleasant. My colon isn't narrowed, it is very stretched out from having previous episodes of constipation building up in my colon expanding my colon. It stretched it like filling a water balloon then when you let it out it's stretched out of shape and floppy. That's how she explained it. And it's also been left with many irritated pouches which should hopefully be ok, but is at a higher risk of peforating my bowel because of the number of them and the severity of the inflammation. She said the damage is already done, and there's probably not much that can be done now to undo it, but they still need to see all my colon because everyone needs a screening for colon cancer, and he also wants to see what if any damage is in the loop and on the other side of my bowelthat he couldn't get to. I didn't understand ANY of this before yesterday, and it's still very new to me, but at least I know it's nothing serious and nothing to worry about.

Oct 31, 2019 · Failed colonoscopy, don't understand what Dr. was telling me in Digestive Health

Thank you all for your replies. I had to go to the town today where my colonoscopy ws performed. (An hour away & it's a small hospital, we don't have a hospital in my county). Anyway, I stopped by the Dr.'s office hoping he might be available. He wasn't but his nurse was. She said he was able to get part way up my colon but couldn't get around the loop at the top because it was so stretched. She explained I had severe diverticulosis. That it's a common condition but the advancement of mine is usually only seen in the elderly, typically around 80 yrs old. There were lots of inflammed protruding pockets. He just wants to be able to see my whole colon to be sure there are no other problems. So, that's the better explination I received. And I spelled colonoscopy wrong in an earlier paragraph. I said colostomy and didn't mean to. No, he doesn't want o do that. As far as we know there's nothing serious wrong with me. Just can't complete the procedure and I couldn't understand why. As for the pain, I've always had it and as far as I know there's nothing that can be done for it. I've just learned to live with it. It comes and goes to a certain extent.

Oct 31, 2019 · Failed colonoscopy, don't understand what Dr. was telling me in Digestive Health

Please understand that I'm not trying to be negative towards any of your responses. I'm just still having a hard time understanding why this is suddenly important. I've lived with stomache issues and pain most all my life and I don't know why it's suddenly turned to something "serious". Well, the Dr. didn't say it was anything serious.He just wants a complete colonostomy.I think? I'm just trying to figure out what a "colon of an 80 yr old" means to help me mke a decision if I should even go through with this barium procedure, seek another procedure, or just wait and try to get my bowels moving normally and maybe try for another colonoscopy in a few months. If I could understand what he was saying about my bowels, I could make a more informed decision. I honestly appreciate your responses soooooo much. Please continue to respond as you feel led, but I'm still just as confused as before. LOL! I'm so sorry. I guess it's because I've never been to a gastro Dr. and know nothing about any of this. I've always been told there was nothing wrong with me when I sought help for my bowel issues and pain.

Oct 31, 2019 · Failed colonoscopy, don't understand what Dr. was telling me in Digestive Health

Oh, by the way. The barium enema is in the hospital. I have to go on a liquid diet for 2 days. They then put barium into my colon through my rectum and take a bunch of xrays to try to see my colon better. I think they also try to insert a smaller, thinner scope to see as far as they can.

Oct 31, 2019 · Failed colonoscopy, don't understand what Dr. was telling me in Digestive Health

We live in a very small rural area that doesn't really have any high rated facilities. I don't know if my insurance would let me switch Dr.s/facilities or not? I could check. But he didn't say anything about this being an urgent or serious matter. He just said he could only get the scope a tiny way into my colon because it was "like a colon of an 80 yr old". I just don't know what he means by that. I know he wants to see all my colon to make sure there's no cancer but a barium enema only shows the very lower portion of the colon anyway from what I have read. I'm not even sure any of this is necessary? I realize colonostomys are important, but I don't want to go through 2 days w/o eating at my unhealthy weight loss and go through being awake through a very uncomfortable procedure if there is no reason for it. I don't know what to think or do.

Oct 31, 2019 · Failed colonoscopy, don't understand what Dr. was telling me in Digestive Health

I know. I wish I woud have asked him to explain better. Usually they send a detaied summary in my online MyChart that I can read and understand better. But there is no notes or after visit summary for my colonostomy nor after the consult. I've had bowel issues since I was a little girl and we've done diet changes, pills, powders, on & on. It's just something I have learned to live with. But by never having a colonostomy or seeing a gastroentologist, the things he is telling me I don't understand. Up to now, I've just been told, your bloodwork is fine, there's nothing to be concerned about. Take Miralax and Colace when constipated and a probiotic may help, you'll just have to try and see. Take anti-diarrheaheal when you have diarrhea. Soooo, that's what I've been doing.Til now.

Oct 30, 2019 · Failed colonoscopy, don't understand what Dr. was telling me in Digestive Health

Hi. I'm 52 and had my 1st colonoscopy a couple wks ago due to 4 months of diarrhea and significant weight loss. Over the years I have normally had a lot of problems with terrible constipation, so having diarrhea was/is definately a new thing for me. When i went for my consult regarding the results he told me he couldn't finish the procedure without the risk of perforating my colon. He said I had the colon of an 80 year old. He didn't use any specific terms/conditions. He said something about it being stretched and loose and that it didn't get that way overnight. That I have had some type of IBS for a long time and I need to have a barium enema. I don't know what any of this means. I do know for the barium enema I have to go on a clear liquid diet for 2 days and that will be hard because I'm already down to 87 lbs and get weak and dizzy easy and also haave other chronic pain problems that flare with not enough rest and not eating right. But mostly I'd like to understand what he was telling me about my colon. Thanks.

Jun 15, 2019 · After Bacterial Meningitis in Brain & Nervous System

I have had many aches and pains since contracting bacterial meningitis a year ago. Strong headaches, neck & spine pain, muscle pain, to name just a few. The Dr.'s are uncertain as to why I am experiencing sequale so long after the disease. Recently my lower back woke me up in the middle of the night in excruiating pain. I had not done anything to hurt it. X rays revealed nothing. I then started experiencing muscle cramps in my hands and feet and a fast, irregular heartbeat. I had a regular check up 4 days ago, and labs were taken as they are every 3 months or so. The nurse called yesterday and wants me to come back in for a retest. My potassium level was 5.9. She said it should be 2.?. I'm thinking it is probably just a blood draw problem, but with the new uncomfortable symptoms I'm wondering if anyone else has experienced this and if so, is this anything to be concerned about? I can't go back for blood test til Tues. & it takes another 3 days for results to come in.