We’ve all had a little trouble going using the bathroom and it is never a good feeling to say the least.
Being constipated for a day or two is irritating enough, now imagine feeling constipation for 22 years! Wow!
Just thinking about this sounds like something straight out of a nightmare or scary movie, but this was reality for one man with Hirschsprung’s disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Hirschsprung’s disease takes a toll on the large intestine, or colon, and makes it hard to pass stool. Hirschsprung’s is present at birth and usually diagnosed early in life.
As Dr. David Rosenfeld explains on The Doctors, it’s unlikely that this man was not using the bathroom for 22 years, but he definitely had a harder time going than others might. Over 22 years, though, waste that he couldn’t pass began to gradually build up — until he eventually had 30 pounds of poop backed up inside him.
Dr. Rosenfeld says it was as if this patient had been “pregnant,” the waste had built up inside him for so long.
There’s no doubt that 30 pounds of anything is a lot to carry inside you. I can only imagine how much relief this patient probably felt when his surgery was complete!
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