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Tue, Nov 19 11:42am · Redundant / Tortuous Colon in Digestive Health

I was diagnosed in my 30s with a long, tortuous colon and had life long constipation problems. I am now 63. Three years ago I had a bowel obstruction cause from a previously unknown bowel deformity– rotated cecum. I had to have emergency surgery and part of my intestines were removed. I had no choice, it was a very life threatening situation. But, it has been a HARD recovery. It's a very major surgery and you are altered forever, for better or worse. Before this happened, I had chronic constipation and had some luck with the constipation with magnesium and vitamin c supplements. Just my opinion, but exhaust all avenues before resorting to surgery. Should be a lady resort. Get lots of opinions from GI drs. There are many new meds out for constipation predominant IBS. Also get tested for SIBO. Very common with chronic constipation. And remember, if you get opinions from surgeons, they will want to do surgery so be careful. Latest studies show that colectomies due to chronic constipation just change one set of problems for another, are not always successful and there are many, many risks with this surgery. Good luck!

Sat, Nov 16 8:10pm · Fluid retention with thyroid dose change in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I am 63 and have been taking levoxyl for 36 years. Started out way back on 1.25 and through the years have gradually had dose reduced due to age, menopause, etc. About 4 months ago, TSH was around .25 so I was changed from 88mcg to 75mcg. I rarely notice a change when thyroid meds are changed. This time, I'm noticing what I think is fluid retention, sore breasts, bloating, bowels not quite right. I've gained a few pounds which isn't that big of a deal since I've been underweight for many years. Sodium has been slightly lower than normal. Do you think the change in the levoxyl dose could be causing these changes? Thank you!

Sun, Sep 29 11:55am · Redundant / Tortuous Colon in Digestive Health

I give you my condolences. It's a very hard surgery to go through, and dangerous. Glad we both lived through it!

Fri, Sep 27 10:02am · Redundant / Tortuous Colon in Digestive Health

Very wise!

Fri, Sep 27 9:55am · Redundant / Tortuous Colon in Digestive Health

Nova, Are you talking about a cecal volvulous? Cecum is abnormally rotated and it is a congenital abnormality. I had a 6 foot long, tortorous colon which gave me trouble with constipation all my life. At age 60 I developed an acute bowel obstruction from the rotated cecum, which I never knew I had. 3 years ago I had a right hemicolectomy which saved my life. I don't have constipation problems now but having part of your colon removed can cause other issues. Has taken me a long time to get over the surgery and I do have chronic SIBO now due to no ileocecal valve and wide open anastomoses at resection site. I take Xifaxan every day for the SIBO. It's been a godsend.

Mon, Sep 23 10:42am · Redundant / Tortuous Colon in Digestive Health

Deedee, It took me a long time to feel like I was as recovered as I was going to get. Mine was an emergency surgery and the ascending colon was taken out including the ileocecal valve which has caused chronic SIBO. I take Xifaxan on a daily basis. Have you been checked for SIBO? Many people with chronic constipation have it.

Mon, Sep 23 10:38am · Redundant / Tortuous Colon in Digestive Health

I use Natures Way magnesium complex. I buy them from Vitacost.

Mon, Sep 2 5:28pm · Slow transit constipation and surgery in Digestive Health

Have you been tested for SIBO? Methane predominant SIBO is very common in chronic constipation.