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Old 06-25-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
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Chronic diarrhea after surgery

In January I had emergency surgery for a blocked and gangrenous intestine. They ended up removing 3-1/2 feet of my intestine. I have had chronic diarrhea ever since. Also had numerous stool labs and even a colonscopy since then to see what the problem is. No answers and no improvement. Should I just accept this as part of my life and count my blessings? Anyone with a similar story?

 
Old 06-27-2008, 12:34 PM   #2
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Re: Chronic diarrhea after surgery

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Was the small or large intestines involved with your surgery?
I had 2 1/2 feet of my colon removed on 3/4/2002.

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Old 07-01-2008, 07:25 AM   #3
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Re: Chronic diarrhea after surgery

Hi Harry. It was my small intestines.....

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Re: Chronic diarrhea after surgery

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Diarrhea can be caused by too much bile reaching the colon -- it is normally absorbed by the small intestines prior to reaching the colon.
Some people that have their gallbladder removed put out too much bile that is not absorbed by the small intestines resulting in this type of diarrhea,

This may be happening to you with 3 1/2 feet of your small intestine missing. The treatment is to take Questran (a presciption drug) to absorb the bile before it reached the colon -- it is normally used to reduce cholesterol. And, with normal people it does cause constipation.

You can look it up -- it is Bile Salt Diarrhea.

I wish you well---Harry

 
Old 07-02-2008, 07:04 AM   #5
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Re: Chronic diarrhea after surgery

Thank you Harry. I will definately check that out with my Doctor.

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