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    Old 05-30-2006, 11:22 AM   #1
    Marmex
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    Resection Bowel Question

    I'm 3 months post a colon resection and am still having alternating stools. Mostly formed and normal but many times loose and not. Am eating alot of fiber foods and taking Benefiber. Just wondering if anybody has or is experiencing the same symptoms? Also wonder if this is to be expected at this time and possibly longer. I do have Irritable bowel syndrome and have had it for too many years to count. Anyone have that in conjunction w/ a resection? I know that IBS is not curable and this surgery could not take care of it. There are many foods that I can't have because of a bladder condition- interstitial cystitis . This is really a kicker because that diet is more restrictive than the IBS one. I'd appreciate any feed-back you guys may have. Hope all is well and thanks. Stackie

     
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    Old 05-30-2006, 11:51 AM   #2
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    Re: Resection Bowel Question

    I had a bowel resection in december of 2005, and still to this day have problems with diarrhea and constipation. (I also had an ileostomy for about 2 months, but this was taken down). I was on colestid at first (to help with the diarrhea) and then I was put on zelnorm (to prevent the constipation). Both of those meds caused me to have the opposite problem!! It has gotten a bit better, but I still have to use miralax at times, and lomotil at others. I guess it is just to be expected after a surgery like that. Sorry I don't have more comforting news! Hope you feel better soon!

     
    Old 05-30-2006, 07:21 PM   #3
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    Hey, Stackie! Long time no resection talk! 5 months out here, and I can't say I am any different with the bm's as I was before getting sick with diverticulitis. Usually just fine, once in awhile some cramping and diarrhea, but not often, or any more frequently than before. My problem is the hysterectomy that I had at the same time. Hormones have been crazy, I have gained 35 pounds, and my moods are all OVER the place. Not what I was expecting, but the resection part has been fine, I guess. Unless it has trained my bowels to be super nutrient absorbers now or something...sigh.

    Renata

     
    Old 05-31-2006, 08:56 AM   #4
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    Re: Resection Bowel Question

    Stackie,
    I certainly don't have the harmone problem-- and I know that is enough w/o any other problems.

    I just use psyllium (Equate from Wal Mart) for the needed soluble fiber for regular BMs along with diet. Never have tried Benefiber.

    Some people with IBS says that the newer yogurt -- Dannon Activia has helped if not cured their IBS? You may try that.

    I am curious as to what foods cause problems with cystitis?

    I wish you well---Harry

     
    Old 05-31-2006, 08:07 PM   #5
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    Re: Resection Bowel Question

    Hey everyone!
    I am doing fairly good since the resection. My bowels have settled down, but I still drink the fiber stuff every morning, try to eat a fair amount of different fibers, and am conscious about when and how much I go. I have never been one to have diarrhea, and I haven't started now.
    I can't believe that I have been 2 months since surgery! I dreaded it so much, and here it is behind me. THe support here was so helpful, also.
    Lori

     
    Old 05-31-2006, 08:45 PM   #6
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    Re: Resection Bowel Question

    Thanks to all of you resecties for the feedback. I guess my experiences are not so abnormal after all. It was so nice when so many resecties wrote on the board- where did everybody go? Guess too busy enjoying the post surgery life. Doesn't seen to be many newbies. We are here if they need help tho- it was what helped me so much thru this whole ordeal. So glad to have it behind us- Also so nice to hear from Renata. Harry, Lori and Agurl- I will keep up on the fiber and the Dr. thinks it will be very helpful as time goes on. Hope you guys will stay on board- such a comfort to know that you are still here. Thanks again- I'll write again soon- Take care and be well. Stackie

     
    Old 05-31-2006, 09:14 PM   #7
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    Hi Stackie,

    Good to hear from you and the other resecties. I'm using the sugar-free metamucil that I buy in a BIG container at Costco. My surgeon firmly believes that nobody gets enough fiber and everyone would benefit from a supplement. I am fairly regular---I just am in the bathroom two to three times in the morning before I'm "emptied" out!!! Oh well, better than being constipated.

    Maggie

     
    Old 06-09-2006, 02:39 PM   #8
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    Re: Resection Bowel Question

    Help! I had a referal to gastro due to diverticulitis and they are talking surgery. How many episodes of div to go thru before surgery?

     
    Old 06-09-2006, 04:10 PM   #9
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    Hi- I think it may be individual and up to the Dr. treating you. Some Drs. say that after two attacks surgery is considered. I had some attacks that were spaced far apart but the last 6-8 mos. they were much more frequent. T he Dr. advised getting the surgery as an elective to try to prevent a perforation and emergency surgery. So I did that and am glad it is over. l hope this helps- maybe some other resecties can respond. Good Luck. Stackie

     
    Old 06-12-2006, 06:43 AM   #10
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    Re: Resection Bowel Question

    It all depends but some doctors use the strike three and you're out rule--in other words you need surgery after three episodes. I only had one episode of diverticulitis but unfortunately I had a perforation with my very first episode. I was very lucky to avoid emergency surgery but did have the surgery a couple of months later. My doctor is one who insists on a CT scan with diverticulitis--(which I might add I thought was not necessary as I wasn't feeling that bad)--which caught the perforation when it was very small. It was treated with 4 days in the hospital and IV antibiotics--you know it is serious when they put in the hospital for 4 days--nobody stays in the hospital that long anymore.

    One of the big concerns with diverticulitis is that the colon could perforate which means the waste is spilling out into your body---quite a nasty infection that you could die from--. It usually means emergency surgery and a temporary colostomy. The colostomy is usually reversed after a couple of months.

    I don't mean to scare you but some people are so scared of surgery that they don't realize what serious complications can arise from continued episodes of diverticulitis.

    If you and your doctor do decide on surgery, you'll get lots of support from the board here.

    Good luck and feel free to ask any questions.

    Maggie

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    Old 06-12-2006, 08:39 AM   #11
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    Wow! thanks for the reply. I had a bout around three years ago which cleared up with abx and rest, but recently three more episodes in sessesion within three or four months. On top of that the doc found a left inguinal hernia which he says could be aggravating the situation. he gave me a surgical consult but this guy did hernias. He said he could not do the hernia surgery until I had the divertic fixed. I see that specialist tomorrow 6/13 for possible surgery 6/14. It's all very furstrating. The thought of beeing laid up. How long will that be? I have never had any kind of surgery and quite frankly spooked. Will I ever get back to normal. I think I know the answer but just need a little reassurance I guess sooner the better for surgery. I don't want to perf. THanks again. Any comments suggestions etc. will be greatly appreciated. Leon.

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    Old 06-12-2006, 04:53 PM   #12
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    Re: Resection Bowel Question

    Leon,

    Yes, you will get back to normal--in fact, you'll most likely be better than normal after the surgery. Your appt is tomorrow with surgery possible the next day?--is that possibily a colonoscopy to see what is going on?

    Here are some things to ask your surgeon--what method--open with a larger incision or laprascopic assisted--with a smaller incision. This is major surgery so you will be in the hospital awhile--varies anywhere from 4 days to a week. You need to stay until the bowels are working again. The day before the surgery you will be on a liquid diet with a colon cleanse scheduled--like for a colonoscopy. You will also most likely have some high-powered antibiotics to take the day before the surgery. Discuss with the doctor about pain medication. Many people have a morphine pump. I had an epidural for pain control and loved it. It is not enough to interfere with walking but really took care of the pain. It is started before the surgery and you have the general anesthesia for the surgery. The medication is gradually decreased over several days after surgery after which you will probably be switched to oral pain meds. Don't be afraid to take the pain medication. They will get you up to walk fairly soon after surgery and you must walk to help get "things moving along". Your doctor will tell you how long of a recovery time. Expect anywhere from 4-8 weeks. The important thing is not to rush your recovery.

    Other people might jump in with more things to ask your doctor tomorrow.

    Maggie

     
    Old 06-13-2006, 10:47 AM   #13
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    Re: Resection Bowel Question

    Maggie, Thanks for the reply. It helps yo know there is someone out there to talk to that has gone through what I am about to experience. I'll get back to this site again, and again thanks, Leon.

     
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