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Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Friday, October 28, 2011, 2:13am
I think my recent problems are located in the descending and sigmoid colon area, feeling better but still a numb  irritation or inflammation there. convinced it was from my food poisoning salmonella experience several months ago. about May i think.

I have been studying more and more and think this i the area affected see picture link below.

I'm not suggesting it's cancer i just found that link and the picture was clear.

It's certainly taking it time to clear up, so i think I'll get another opinion.

just though anyone suffering with low left hand side swelling may be interested to see diagram.

all thought welcome as always
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Friday, October 28, 2011, 2:34am; Reply: 1
now thinking again at the colonic irrigation thing (hope that's the right phrase)

link here
Posted by: Spring, Friday, October 28, 2011, 2:35am; Reply: 2
I think I would have already been thinking about a second opinion, if the first doctor is not willing to take a second look. Chronic swelling is not something to be ignored.
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Friday, October 28, 2011, 2:53am; Reply: 3
I know i reminded her a few months ago to refer me to a specialist, but she was more interested on her own holiday arrangements.

But I'll keep trying

although it's throbbing away which usually means the body is doing something good down there right ?

lol Good i wish i lived near a naturopathic doctor!!
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Friday, October 28, 2011, 2:59am; Reply: 4
another interesting link
Posted by: honeybee, Friday, October 28, 2011, 3:02am; Reply: 5
I would get a pelvic & abdo ultrasound.
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, October 29, 2011, 2:24pm; Reply: 6
I have known of people whose appendix was found on the left side. One man I know who had that problem complained loudly and long about how sore he was from them pulling out all that stuff trying to find it after they had made the incision on the right side. Poor man!
Posted by: Goldie, Saturday, October 29, 2011, 2:34pm; Reply: 7
get tested.. mom needed her intestines removed.  not from neglect but delay. get on with it. delay is Unconscionable. swelling is most likely a hernia, as cancer is usually growing on the inside. hard areas might be impactions. blockages needing serious attention,  stop playing.

could easy be a hernia, or another blood vessel issue, and both would need serious attention..

NO!!!  no colon enemas at this time for you, as they cause some muscle contraction which if there other then healthy tissue, you might strangle the intestines, or burst a vessel.

I'm am surprised at the delay. totally unacceptable unless you have a proper label that allows any sort of treatment. all else is dangerous.  
Posted by: yaeli, Monday, October 31, 2011, 4:16pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from Goldie
get tested..  

PLEASE, get tested, don't delay.

Close your eyes and just do it do it do it, don't think about it twice.  8)  :K)

Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Monday, October 31, 2011, 6:07pm; Reply: 9
seeing a new doctor on friday morning.
Posted by: trish44, Thursday, November 3, 2011, 1:08pm; Reply: 10
Good luck with your appointment Friday.  Hope to get to the bottom of this.
Posted by: trish44, Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 12:39pm; Reply: 11
How did your appointment go?  Hope well.  Let us know....
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 2:13pm; Reply: 12
saw a new doctor, she arranged some blood test, one was liver not sure about the other, tests due in on Friday ish.

she was quiet nice really even suggested flax seed oil, bless her. I pointed out that it is a bit of a double edged sword (quote) in terms of prostrate cancer.

then she clicked into normal mode and said it seemed to be irritable bowel lol
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Friday, November 11, 2011, 12:28pm; Reply: 13
they actually did six blood tests all normal including liver function, electrolyte and Eb what ever that is, anyway all normal.

so going to see doctor again in a week to find out exactly what tests were done so i can input the data on swami or remove it lol

the problem is still there but is less active at the moment so I'll continue doing what I'm doing and see if it continues.
Posted by: BTypeAUS, Saturday, November 12, 2011, 2:12am; Reply: 14
Didn't they suggest a colonscopy or sigmoidoscopy??  That's strange... And also u should tell the dr to refer u to an ultrasound..u don't want them missing anything and most doctors need to be told what to do!!
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Saturday, November 12, 2011, 3:20am; Reply: 15
I have asked for a ultrasound several times most recently about 6 months ago, waiting for referral to come through.
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, November 12, 2011, 4:15am; Reply: 16
Quoted from BTypeAUS
Didn't they suggest a colonscopy or sigmoidoscopy??
Are these tests terribly expensive?  :-/ :(

Posted by: BTypeAUS, Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7:27am; Reply: 17
Yaeli, in Australia they are free on medicare if u are over 50 ..sigmoidoscopy can be done at the doctors clinic as it doesn't require any sedation
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, November 12, 2011, 8:30am; Reply: 18
In Israel the national health services GPs actually strongly urge you to undergo colonoscopy after 50, even if there's no special family history involved.
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Monday, November 14, 2011, 5:56pm; Reply: 19
Got the details of my tests results, not that i understand them, but i shall look it to it. the results were as follows Normal range is in brackets at the end were shown..

erythrocyte sedimentation rate - 5mm/h         (0-15)

plasma C reactive protein
serum Creactive protein level 0.76 mg/L (0-5)

liver function test

serum albumin 46 g/l (35-50)
serum total bilirubin level 11 umol/l (3-21 )
serum gamma GT level 27 U/L (8-61)
AST serum level 21 U/L (15-40)
Alk Phos 59 U/L (30-130)


serum free T4 level 16.6 pmol /L (12-22)
serum TSH level 1.52 (0.3-4.2)

serum electrolytes
EGFR stage 1:>90   2: 60-89    3: 30-59    4:15-29    5: <15

sodium 143 mmol/L (133-146)
potassium 4.9 mmoi/L (3.5-5.3)
chloride 104 mmol/L (95-108)
bicarbonate 28 mmol/L (22-30)
total protein 7.4 mmol/L (60-80)
urea level 3.3 mmol/L (2.5-7.8)
crearinine 77 umol/L (59-104)
GFR calculated MDRD > 60 ml/min (60>)

HB 15.2 g/dl (12-18)
packed cell volume 0.446l/l (0.36-0.54)
rbcs 5.00 mills/ul (4-6.5)
mcv 89 fl (80-104)
mch 30.4 pg (27-32)
mchc 43.1 g/dl (30-35)
platelet count 228 thous/ul (150-400)
wbcs 7.6 thous/ul (4-11)
% neutrophils 45.0 %
% lymphocytes 44 %
% monocytes 8.1 %
% eosinophils 2.6 %
% basophils 0.1 %
neutrophil count 3.39 10  9/L
lymphocyte count 3.34 10 9/L
monocyte count 0.61 10 9/L
eosinophil count 0.20 10 9/L
basophil count 0.01 10 9/L

complected enough for you lol

any thoughts welcome
Posted by: Goldie, Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 2:10pm; Reply: 20
Quoted Text
the problem is still there but is less active at the moment so I'll continue doing what I'm doing and see if it continues.

I went through that diagnosis for 10 years and 168 xrays.. IT's all in ONE food you are eating.. Make a list for a week.. then post or send to me.. It's in there!  and once you find it it will be a miracle cure in 24 hours..

list spices and all..

make life easy.. start by eating eggs, meat and green veggies for the first three days and see how you do.. then add one food or spice at a time for three days.. and keep track.. of everything..

with love..  ;D
Posted by: yvonneb, Friday, November 25, 2011, 3:16pm; Reply: 21
Hello PC,

a few things for you...

re. bloodtest....C-reactive protein measures inflammation- yours is high, so you have some inflammation. Didn't see ESR- it too measures inflammation.
Is the value for your total protein a misprint? Please check- it looks awfully low otherwise : )

re. colonic irrigation....I had one of those and it wasn't an experience I'd want to repeat. The girl doing it hadn't got a clue! The idea is great, but check where you gonna do it that they actually know what they are doing- it can be a great diagnostic tool if done properly. Goldie cautioned you on doing one of these at the moment- she seems to know more than me in that aspect, so maybe hold off on one of these so.

re. naturopathic doctor...I thoroughly recommend Dr. John McKenna in Naas, who is not only a naturopathic doctor, but a bowel expert to boot! Google him and you'll find his books : ) I went to him a couple of years ago, but stopped when my funds dried up : ( but if you tell him the mad german send you, he'll look after you : )  I did some translations for him on alternative german treatments all to do with bowel diseases. Prayer answered?

All the Best, let us know how your ultrasound or any other explorations go!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Friday, November 25, 2011, 11:26pm; Reply: 22
Quoted from BTypeAUS
Yaeli, in Australia they are free on medicare if u are over 50 ..sigmoidoscopy can be done at the doctors clinic as it doesn't require any sedation

What no sedation? you are nuts--- that bend in your colon to get the scope around is terrible..
:o :o :o :o
Posted by: Dianne, Friday, November 25, 2011, 11:43pm; Reply: 23
My sentiments also Andrea. A friend of mine couldn't even continue with the sedation! There is an alternative to send in a stool sample; a few people I know have done that. What do you thinks of this Andrea, is it thorough?
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Friday, November 25, 2011, 11:48pm; Reply: 24
I seem to be able to control the whole thing now, again purely with diet, so not overly concerned at the moment and will await scan.

generally I feel fine and have been able to fix this myself fairly easily.

reducing water, increasing oils, eating more salad, eating less sugar, all good now and i', taking things very easy for a while to be sure.
Posted by: JJR, Saturday, November 26, 2011, 8:29pm; Reply: 25
Last year around the same time is when I was having terrible pain.  Right where the descending colon was.  I mean it was on fire.  For weeks.  My body was all inflammed from it too.  I had a colonoscopy done and it was totally clear.  It's when I went to Mayo Clinic.  I had all kinds of tests done and even though they found out some neurological stuff that was wrong, nothing was apparently physically wrong with me guts.  I had a both endoscopy and colonoscopy.  And I mean it hurt.  

I personally suspect it was something I was eating or wasn't.  I tried kefir at the time and it really made me feel lousy.  And I suspected it.  It was milk kefir.  Maybe the dairy?  Plus, I had stopped eating oats for a while before that and I almost suspect that stopping the oats might have done it.  Maybe the oils and fiber or something in it might be good for my colon.  I don't know.  All I know is I'm no stranger to pain, and this was bad.

My brother had a bunch of pain in the same area about 3 months ago.  Had a colonoscopy done and there was a little polyp that was removed.  It could've been that or stress.  He was really stressing about going out of the country on a missions trip.  He had the colonoscopy done 2 days before he was supposed to go and I thought he was nuts!!!!  He ended up not going.  I was relieved because I was worried he'd be sick in Haiti and they'd not let him back in the country.  I had visions of me calling the Embassy, explaining he was sick ahead of time and all that.  

Anyways, the point is, sometimes we can't see what the heck is causing lower GI discomfort.  I remember going through this last year and I think BtypeAUS was too at the same time.  

I hope it gets better.  The on thing that stood out on one of my ER trips back then was my Eosinophils were high.  And I wondered if I wasn't filtering out some kind of bacteria out of my system.  And the pain was maybe the bladder.  Sounds like you've got it figured out thought to a degree.  Which is great!
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