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March 24th, 2009
Redundant colon
Hello, i just want to say hi, and participate in the comments. I was just diagnosed with redundant colon, for years i always suffered from pain on my right side of my abdomen. And the Dr recommended me to have surgery, cause through out the years will be becoming worse.
I already have acid reflux from it, and a possible hiatal hernia. I will go for it, cause the pain can not handle it anymore. But feel litle better knowing that i'm not alone, tought i was in this. Thank you.
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replied March 28th, 2009
me too
I have a redundant colon, and have all the same issues, tried all the same things as y'all have listed. Recently I googled poor circulation (I have had vericose veins for 24 years) and saw a connection with constipation. B Vitamin deficiency was an issue listed. More googling and checked out Nutritional Yeast. Ok this stuff is nasty tasting, but I am taking it anyway. It's a powdery/flaky consistency, but if mixed with Hawaiian Punch, it's drinkable. I wanted to wait a little longer but I'm excited about the results. So far I've been able to go everyday, when in the past I would go a week or so until I'd use an enema. Very conscious of over using laxatives, I found that as I got older, I couldn't stand the discomfort as I could when younger. So there it is, it seems this Nutritional Yeast isn't harmful and is not expensive, I paid $10.99 at whole foods for a 16 oz package. Hope this helps someone. I'm keeping my fingers crossed on this one!
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replied April 5th, 2009
Constipation and redundant bowel
I am using Lactulose which is a fantastic laxative -non stimulating. It does produce gas and get a little embarassing at times but when I my colon seems to work right - I feel a l00% better (physically as well as mentally.
It just might work for some of those affected. Hope this little bit of info helps.
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replied May 1st, 2009
redundant colon
hi they just told my son which is 4 has a reduntant colon he been havin chronic constipation for so long they did a bariuum inema and they found that he has very long loopie intestines told me to give him 2 capfuls of miralax everyday but it makes him have dirriea about 10 times a day and sometimes i have to put him in the shower. i cant get him potty trained because he cant control it. i told the doctor and he will not give me anymore advice. please if anybody can help i would appreciate it thank you
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replied July 14th, 2009
Redundant Colon
I am 46 and recently experienced a painful colonoscopy. My doctor told me I had some adhesions (sp)and a redundant colon and I have to have a barium enema (which I have scheduled). I have since the colonoscopy taken fiber pills, Miralax and other stuff which hasn't made any difference. I have, over the last 3 years, lost 46 lbs. (due to Weight Watchers) and have never eaten so good in my life (I drink lots of water, exercise, eat lots of fruits and veggies).... so this surprises me that I am not more regular. I am down to a size 6 and am in the best shape I've ever been. Except I sometimes don't have a bowel movement for 3-4 days (sometimes longer) and in the last 6 months it's caused very painful bowel movements and bleeding due to fishers. When I prepped for the colonoscopy the Miralax didn't kick in until 3 a.m. (it took that long!) I am planning to start the prep for the barium enema sooner. My husband goes every morning like clockwork, so he doesn't understand. He discharges what he ate for dinner the next morning. I hate him!
Thanks for sharing this information. It's good to know I'm not alone! I never thought pooping would be such a problem!
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replied August 7th, 2009
I get so sick sometimes from this that it's difficult to function. My stomach is consistently upset. I've tried all the suggestions from Drs. also. Will try some posted on this sight. I also do not know why there isn't more on this condition. Mine was found through a colonoscopy, the Dr. told me I had a redundant colon and left the room!!!! What the heck was a redunant colon?? All my knowledge has come from the internet. People are amazed at how long I can go without a BM. Sometimes I am too!!!!! I get so sick after a BM sometimes. I'm as weak as can be and it takes a while to feel better. This morning I got so sick I was doubled over. All I can say is YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! Thanks for all the suggestions. I will definitely try some of them!!
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replied August 13th, 2009
I too have been diagnosed with a very redundant colon. 4 months ago I was told I had 2 feet more than the average man, and I was only about 110 lbs. I'm told my situation is a chicken vs. egg syndrome: do the digestive issues make the colon elongate or is the redundant colon causing the digestive issues. I don't have a constipation problem; just the opposite. I probably go 15 times a day. Everytime I urinate I have a BM. I think my muscles are useless down there. I have a bladder condition which makes me force urine out, so then I have a BM too.

I'm getting a 2nd GI opinion, but am seriously considering the surgery since my quality of life totally sucks. I'm in terrible pain & now my ovaries & bladder hurt. I find getting info on this condition is very difficult. I wish there were more resources!
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replied September 8th, 2009
My own experience
As with most of those writing here, I've had constipation since early childhood, but without any attendant symptoms of discomfort or pain so I just accepted having a slow system and didn't worry about it too much. But after 50 my doctor suggested a colonoscopy. Although I followed the prep to the letter and did an enema on top of it, a result couldn't be obtained because too much wsste was still present. I was so upset, I didn't do anything about it for 2 years. My doctor brought it up again and we scheduled another one, but I had this nagging fear that they still wouldn't be able to see the walls of the colon. After getting bounced back and forth between my doctor's staff and the GI lab, I decided to take matters into my own hands and made an appointment with a colon hydrotherapist for a session and evaluation. Despite flooding the coln with water, very little beyond what was in the sigmoid section of the colon came out, and she raised the issue of redundancy which I had never heard of before. Armed with more info, I returned to my doctor and it was decided I would have a barium enema this time around. Two days of prep was not sufficient, but after 4 days I was clean enough to go forward. It became evident soon after the procedure began that I had a very redundant colon. I was tilted on the treatment table every which-way to get the barium through, feeling somewhat like the "Bride of Frankenstein," but hung in there until they had a clear reading. Now I know why whatever dietary or other steps I took to become regular would work for a short while and then stop; psyllium worked great for a week (I was going twice a day), but then stopped never to be a remedy again. I'd had a healthy diet, water, excercise supplements, etc., but the extra lengths of colon winding back and forth were the real cause of the slow transit. Coming here has given me some new avenues to try and so will embark on this ongoing journey of discovery in how to deal with my "somewhat different" anatomy. The doctor doing the barium procedure suggested I drink one of the prep items I took (the magnesium citrate) every 3-4 weeks to keep things moving a bit better. Walgreen's has a nice lemon-flavored version in the same section as all the standard OTC remedies. As a footnote, I found the pressure of the water during the colonic to be more uncomfortable than the pressure of the air pumped into the coln during the barium enema. I guess everyone has their own individual experience.
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replied September 17th, 2009
Redundant Colon: I thought I was the only one
WOW!!! I don't feel alone any more! I just read alot of posts on here about Redundant Colons. I found out I have a redundant colon several years ago when I had a barium enema. It was terrible! Let me warn you.....you will be passing that cement looking stuff for a week! That's no joke either. I then was sent to a specialist who did a sigmoidoscopy and it caused me alot of pain and discomfort, especially from the air they blew me up with and when I doubled up afterward, they made it worse by giving me a soda to drink which swelled me up more. I was supposed to go for a colonoscopy when I turned 50 three years ago, but the doctor told me they would sedate me more than they did for the "siggy" but I'm too chicken and not fond of pain. I have suffered with chronic constipation since I was a child, even having my rectom turn inside-out at age 2. I remember my mom making my brother and I drink Phillips Milk of Magnesia alot and back then, it tasted like chalk....YUCK! I've found that eating lots of fruit and vegetables, staying away from cheese, peanut butter and dairy really helps but I have found one cheap little dietary supplement that works wonders.......MAGNESIUM 250 mg.....I take 2 or 3 at bedtime if I am constipated badly and only 1 or 2 at bedtime regularly. It really works and it's something natural we all have in our bodies, but usually we are deficient because alot of things we take, drink, eat or smoke, for that matter, deplete it from our bodies. There is a book called " The Miracles of Magnesium". Read it, it is very enlightening. Magnesium helps with inflamation and other things too. It is good for you and you can buy it at Walmart for less than $10. Try it, what have you got to lose?!
FYI The specialist told me that because I have a redundant colon, no matter what I do, I will never be able to be completely cleaned out for a procedure like a colonoscopy. The redundant colon squeezes out liquid faster than solids so the solids move slower and eating more fiber doesn't help cause I need alot more water for the fiber which just creates a vicious cycle. I also have diverticulosis which has flaired up in bouts of diverticulitis which is very painful when it happens. I feel so much better knowing that I am not alone. I thought I was the only one suffering with this problem. I too have wondered why they can't just cut out some of the length or the loops but surgery in that area is not something they do unless it's absolutely necessary. Good Luck to all of you and I hope I have helped someone.
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replied September 26th, 2009
Miralax WARNING
Miralax WARNING!!!

REading your posts for daughter, wanted to warn you all about Miralax-----it is causing dramatic damage to adults and children----Yahoo has group of parents telling horror stories Sad

Good luck.
Sara W
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replied October 14th, 2009
redundant colon and C. diff
My daughter was born not being able to go the the bathroom. After months of her being in pain and having to have baby enemas and laxatives she recieved a barium enema. We discovered she has a redundant colon. She is now 3 and takes an adult dose of Miralx every morning. We eat all high fiber foods and make sure she drinks lots of fluids. Potty training her for her bowls has been excruciating for everyone involved. Her problem was further aggrevated when she developed C. diff after being on Amoxicillan for an ear infection. Today she is also going to start taking Lactulose to hopefully help her go more and more often. We have one year to try to help her out before she starts pre-school. If the Lactulose does not help within a month she will have to have another scope to see if the C. diff left any damage in her colon. Any help or advise anyone has is much appreciated.
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replied November 29th, 2009
Redundant colon means that your colon is longer than normal and contains extra loops as a result. It is a common reason for inability to complete a colonoscopy. There is some reason to think constipation may make it worse - especially if you've been constipated all your life.

It's good to treat that IBS or you'll find yourself with diverticula like I did.
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replied December 23rd, 2009
Just wanted to add that until I discovered this little secret, I was as miserable as everyone else writing here. But I started taking 5 psyllium capsules right after dinner and 500 mg of magnesium at bedtime and usually go to the bathroom within 2 hours of getting up in the morning. I also give myself a break from the psyllium sometimes on the weekends and just take the magnesium, which seems to flush me out. I had to play around with it for a while to get the right combination, but it works for me and I feel so much better now.
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replied December 23rd, 2009
What specific damage does miralax cause? I've used it with no problem, so far. I always take vague scary internet stories about something causing damage with a grain of salt, particularly as Google can't come up with any specific damage it causes. If there really is a problem with miralax, then the people experiencing the problem would be able to tell us quite specifically what problem or problems it causes. Until then, I'm not going to worry about it.
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replied December 23rd, 2009
Found it. Guess what the new thing is that is getting the blame for autism, folks. Miralax! Maybe by pulling sodium away from teh brain, because, you know, it's just very hard for children to have enough sodium. Also because PEG is chemically related to antifreeze. *@#* (Q_$$ $%(% #&*( &Q*(! Lord, give me a break!
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replied February 1st, 2010
Redundant Colon
Reading these histories is like re-reading my history over and over again. I am 60 years old and have had constipation issues since I was a baby! But since I turned 50 and entered menopause, the constipation has only worsened. I have now had 3 colonoscopies and have received the diagnosis of a redundant colon each time and the doctors just send me on my way. I cannot take fiber because the gas pains become unbearable. I drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. I exercise as often as I can and eat fruit and vegetables just as often. I very seldom eat beef and I still suffer with chronic constipation. About 3 years ago, a doctor suggested I take a tablespoon of Milk of Magnesia each night which I didn't want to do because it is a laxative. Over the last few months, this treatment doesn't seem to be working either. I am now resorting to suppositories and enemas weekly, on top of the Milk of Magnesia nightly. I have just started eating Activia each morning so I don't know if it will work long term. I've tried stool softeners but then I have nightly accidents. Apparently my issue is inherited. My mother's grandmother died from a constricted colon at the age of 50, my mother's brother (at age 60)and my mother (at age 85) had blocked colons and were operated on to remove colon sections. My mom's surgery occurred 2 years ago and she was regular for the first time in her life but died 2 months later after contracting an antibiodic resistant bacteria, probably during her hospital stay. I am so afraid that surgery might be in my future too but if that is going to happen anway, I would just prefer to have some of this colon removed now. I don't want to wait until my 80's and then die because of complications. Any ideas anyone might have would be greatly appreciated.
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replied February 16th, 2010
Megacolon(redundant colon)
I hate all this intestinal crap! 2 years ago I felt great! Then down hill with constipation and slow transit! Had a colonoscopy and found out my problem on the lab report then vaguely remembered the Dr. mentioning it while I was under. I have been doubling up on Smooth Move tea and no results except spasms, then found out senna is very toxic to people diagnosed with Megacolon (same thing as a redundant colon). Be careful! I am going to try some of the non stimulating, more natural approaches I have read about on here. It sucks that Drs. don't take the time to explain anything to you anymore!
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replied March 7th, 2010
I don't know if anyone here wants to hear this, but redundant colon is not itself a medical problem, and it certainly isn't by itself hte cause of pain on the right side of your colon.

It's very common; it just means your sigmoid colon is longer and loopier than normal. Unless something more is wrong, like diverticulosis, it doesn't mean anything. It could be associated with irritable bowel, however.
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replied March 12th, 2010
Redundant Colon
I have always suffered with constapation from childhood. I developed haemorhoids as a result. I had these operated on but they have come back. That is because I was diagnosed as having a redundant colon 30 years ago. That doctor told me that the old time remedy for that was to move around and shift house and life style often.
It may sound crazy but I seem to agree. I have always felt sluggish, bloated and depression/anxiety. I believe is caused from having a redundant colon. I am always thin with a large belly. I can eat anything except high fibre foods. High fibre makes my back and stomach ache terribly. Now at my age I am finding that my legs, lower back and kidneys ache often. It is not a nice life and doctors should be more conciderate with people who suffer with this and give or find them answers. I have not even bothered going to the doctor as I know the result they would give. Nothing. We are all in the same boat. I now just try to keep my mind stated on positives and (as I am used to) force myself to do things.
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replied April 8th, 2010
Had surgery to remove the extra colon- emergency- it was twisted
I have had the same problem all my life, I finally went into the eroom in Feb. because the swelling in my gut caused my back to spasm and my extra colon (almost 3 feet extra!) had twisted and was "volvulus". I am now the proud owner of a temporary colostomy and am planning on the anastomosis (resection) in June. I can eat ANYTHING I want and nothing hurts me, I go every single day (instead of 7-10 days, sometimes 13-14 days between movements) and am excited about being normal for the first time in my life. I would have died without the surgery- wearing a pouch for a few months is a small price to pay for the relief and pain-free days and sleep I now have.
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