I have colon problem but I don't know what it is

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Hi I need help

Around four years ago I had a complicated gallbladder surgery. Since then I always had pain in the same area of the surgery. Beacuse of the pain I went back to the Surgon and asked him what happens during the surgery that I don't get relieve at all. He told me that even though my gallbladder was so sick but surgery went well. However, he sent me to do MRCP (is a special and detail MRI that is only done to see the bile ducks, liver and pancreas) and to see if I had any blockage or damages. The result were normal. Then he told me to not to worry that everything was fine. But Year ago I end up having sever constipation with the sever stomach pain. The pain traced from the upper right side to the upper left side and to the bottom of the larg colon. Whenever I had a bowl movement I had pain and I could feel it's movement through my colon. I should say that I always delt with constitution and pushing but it was not this sever and painful. However, the pain was so bad that I could hardly eat, breath, sleep and I lost so much weight. I did not see any blood in the stool but they were hard and small. I went to see the gastronologist and I explained everything to him he did many blood works and stool tests. Everything was fine and the last thing was to do colonoscopy which I am afraid to do. I am afraid of both the sleeping drug and its porsidure. It's been one year now that I am dealing with this pain my colon is sore and its in pain. Sometimes I feel burning, pressure to the bottom of my colon. Sometimes my colon vibrates which scares me too. I am do afraid beacuse I constantly think about it. And I have many what ifs in my mind. What if it's IBD? What if is IBS? What if It's Hernia? What if it's scratched or wounded? What if it's a tumor? And many more. I asked all these question from the specialist and he told me that all other tests came back normal.

I need help if any one has the same experience plz let me know. Thank you

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    The procedure is not too bad - it's certainly nothing to be afraid of. It can be painful for some people (it was for me) - they won't give you a general anaesthetic so you fall asleep - the drugs relax you so it seems to go quicker and you don't worry. But even if you have pain as they are doing the test, it's better to have it done and then to know what if anything needs to be done afterwards - they will take some biopsies which are not painful - you just feel a slight tug. Then they will know whether there is anything wrong and how you can be treated. It could be if you're suffering constantly from constipation and hard stools that this is causing your pain - and they may be able to suggest changes in diet. I've just been diagnosed with IBS as they couldn't find anything else wrong with me after both a colonoscopy and a gastroscopy (the throat one) and there's nothing to be done about it apart from see what foods make it worse - in my case I have constant diaarhoea so the opposite to you. Don't worry about the test - it's unlikely to be anything majorly wrong - it doesn't sound remotely like cancer or anything like that. Let us know how you get on. Have you got a sate for the test yet?

     

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      Thank you adam

      For your replay and kind words. Well I should tell you that hated the drug that they used to put me to sleep for the surgery. It was scary feeling the fist thing that they gave me was to numb me all over. I could hear them all and see them but could not move anything or talk. Then it was another drug that came in that put me to sleep. I was panicked and scared beacuse I thought they forgot to put me to sleep completely and that I should see the surgery but was not able to move and to let them know that I could see them. So since then I just avoid these kinds of procedures that needs sedation. I keep asking the doctor to do the colonoscopy with out sedation but he says it's impossible. But then there are my what ifs as well.

      However, I'm gonna make appointment to see him and to see what we can do.

      But tell me how do you know that it's not cancer? Beacuse one of the colon cancer symptomps is constipation that does not go away. sad

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      If you'd these symptoms for a year it's unlikely to be cancer - there would be a marked deterioration in other aspects of health. No of course without the tests you can't be sure it isn't but that's why it's so important to have the tests. Most of the time it's not what you fear. Try not to worry - because who by worrying can add one day to their life? The sedation they use is very mild - I din't even notice the difference it made to tell you the truth - but when I think back to the procedure I realise I did feel relaxd about it and it did seem to go reasonably quickly. So it's not scary sedation at all.
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    Hi Cathy. My symptoms were slightly different to yours - for about 10 months after being given a new medication for high blood pressure I had increasingly frequent diarrhoea and pain down the right side of my stomach. It reached the point where, if I was going out, even shopping, I was afraid to eat in case I couldn't get to a toilet quickly. My GP was great, and said he thought bowel cancer was unlikely because I didn't have blood in my stools and my weight loss was probably caused by not eating. Various blood tests etc came back as normal but to be on the safe side, however, he referred me for an urgent colonoscopy. The sedation simply relaxed me. I was conscious throughout the procedure, could carry on a conversation, and was able to watch the camera wending its way through my bowel. It was uncomfortable on a couple of occasions when the camera was going around a bend, but the discomfort only lasted a few seconds. They removed a tiny polyp as a precaution but otherwise everything was normal. The outcome was a diagnosis of IBS and my GP recommended the Low Fodmap Diet - which I have to say has been miraculous in managing and controlling my symptoms. There is no cure for IBS, but if my experience is anything to go by it can certainly be managed successfully. I feel better now than I have for the last 12 months. I understand your anxiety (l've been there too) but I bet you'll feel so much better as soon as you know what you're dealing with. Worry and stress only make your symptoms worse and that will disappear as soon as your "what ifs" are answered. Good luck and be positive. 

    Jan

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    You have to ask yourself if the possibility of twenty minutes pain and discomfort (and most people tolerate it without any pain and only a few seconds discomfort) is worse than what you are now going through. I don't think everyone guessing different things that might be wrong with you will help you at all to be honest. It could be many, many things but given all the tests you have had so far, it may well be something relatively small rather than a serious illness. An anal fissure for instance is not serious but when I had one the pain was the worst I have ever experienced. So have the colonoscopy and get better. Good luck!
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