My lower abdominal pain started last August. I have found blood in my stools. So my doctor send me for all kind of tests. Last week they couldn't do the colonoscopy and when I ask the nurse he said that after they perform a scan they saw that my intestine was twisted. I won't see the specialist until June 19. I would like to know if I will need an operation to untwist my intestine. Any information on the subject is appreciated. The worse is not knowing and the waiting. I'm taking narcotic for the pain but I'm afraid of the addiction of it but the pain is unbelievable, I feel I have no choice but to take it.
There are actually a few different types of
twisted intestines, or "volvulus," and recommendations would be based on which
type you have. Sigmoid volvulus, which is the most common type and usually
found in people over age 50, can be treated with rectal tube decompression
(sucking excess air out and allowing the bowel to untwist on its own) which you
may have had in the hospital. If the volvulus recurs or tube decompression
fails, surgery may be needed. Some doctors recommend surgery even if tube
decompression is successful in order to avoid recurrence because it is so
You should discuss this persistent pain with your
doctor, and seek help immediately if your pain is severe, or if you have
another episode of blood-stained stools. Volvulus is typically a serious and
acute (short-duration) problem, so while your pain over the past year could
conceivably be related to twisting and untwisting of the bowel, it may also be
from another cause that led to the discovery that you have the potential for
twisted bowel. It's difficult to speculate without knowing your full history
and test results, so your best option is to touch base with your doctor and
inform him or her of your continued pain.
The condition you have is called Intestinal volvulus or twisted intestine. It is good you have caught this now because it can become a life threatening issue. If the intestine is twisted to the point of the blood supply being cut off, the tissue will die and gangrene can set in. You can read about twisted intestines here and more information is available here. There is also a section here about prevention and treatment.
I hope this helps somewhat. Online resources are great places to find information about your health that will help you ask all the right questions when you see your doctor, but they can not take the place of your doctor's sound medical advice.
Take care and stay in touch. Let us know how you are doing!Vicki M