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    Old 05-08-2010, 06:53 PM   #16
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    Re: bowel resection surgery/diverticulitis

    Well, had the surgery on 5/3, removed about 10 inches of sigmoid /left sided colon laparoscopically. Had some scar tissue from a prior surgery that was the only complication. Have 4 incisions with largest about 3 inches on left side with staples. So far kinda like a roller coaster as feeling good then pain/nausea, chills aches etc. The pain wasnt as bad as I expected immediately after surgery. Currently 5th post op day with a good amount of pain and taking Norco regularly. Came home yesterday and it was great to get home but really felt bad last night.

     
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    Old 05-08-2010, 09:10 PM   #17
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    Well, had the surgery on 5/3, removed about 10 inches of sigmoid /left sided colon laparoscopically. Had some scar tissue from a prior surgery that was the only complication. Have 4 incisions with largest about 3 inches on left side with staples. So far kinda like a roller coaster as feeling good then pain/nausea, chills aches etc. The pain wasnt as bad as I expected immediately after surgery. Currently 5th post op day with a good amount of pain and taking Norco regularly. Came home yesterday and it was great to get home but really felt bad last night.
    Marilyn, Great to hear from you and that you are doing well. I have gotten more info from this site than anywhere I've been. So far my mind is a little more at ease. I hope you continue to progress. I will let you know how things go with me as well. God Bless you, Mizz.

     
    Old 05-08-2010, 09:34 PM   #18
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    Marilyn and everybody on this thread, I hope everyone is doing better. I was just diagnosed with diverticulitis after a trip to the emergency room in severe pain. 3 emergency room visits in less than a month. Once they said it was hemorrhoids, then hemorrhoids with diverticulitis (they did a CT scan). I do have a bad case of hemorrhoids inside and out. The last time in another emergency room, the Dr. said I had an anal fissure. I went to a DO who treated me for the anal fissure. Now lots of pain later, my family Dr. is treating me for the diverticulitis with Cipro. I am getting up with severe pain every morning and I don't think I can take much more of this. When he was examining me rectally this week, one of the diverticula emptied and he said he had never seen that before. I am eating soup and jello and protein drinks, trying to give my colon a rest. I don't understand why the pain is so bad in the mornings. I feel like my insides are coming out. It is like being in labor! I take a Roxicet (I had to beg for it) for the pain but it takes about an hour to really kick in. The first attacks started in March and then I was ok for about 2 weeks and then boom, I get sick again. I don't have a fever but I feel pretty bad. I am thinking about trying to see a colon Dr. in a larger town about 100 miles from here just to be sure the right things are being done. My Dr. is ordering a upper GI here. ( I had a colonoscopy done in 2008 and there were no problems.) He is a very good man and I think he is doing all he can. I am just so sick and scared. When I was in the emergency room at our local hospital, the Dr. on call was examining me rectally and it hurt so bad, I was moaning and he told me to shut up! I am almost afraid to go out here anymore. Any advice would be welcome. Thank you!
    Thecka, Is your Dr giving you the Cipro/Flagle combo meds? That seems to be the antbiotics everyong is getting, With each new prescription I also ask for something for my yeast infection I know I'm gonna get.

     
    Old 05-08-2010, 09:37 PM   #19
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    Thank you Mizz for your advice. I hope things get better for you. I think I am going to call this other Doctor on Monday and make an appointment. I think he has 15 years experience as a colon specialist. I wanted to go to Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis where my husband had surgery for cancer but it is hard for us to go that far. He goes there once a month. Thanks,
    Thela, Sorry for misspelling your name earlier. Please let me know how you get along. i hope your husband is doing well also.Mizz

     
    Old 05-08-2010, 09:47 PM   #20
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    No, he isn't. I will mention it on my next visit. Thanks for the tip. I had noticed the combination and wondered about it.

     
    Old 05-08-2010, 09:50 PM   #21
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    Thanks Mizz, it is Thecla and hard to spell. lol He is doing fine. He had a return of cancer around his stoma after losing his voice box to cancer in 2008. At least it was all on the outside this time. He had a 8 1/2 hour surgery. They pulled up the pectoral muscle from the chest and made him a new stoma.

     
    Old 05-08-2010, 09:54 PM   #22
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    Everyone, I am feeling flushed since I took my antibiotic so I am going to bed and pray I don't get up sick. I pray for all of you on this board that this terrible problem will get better for all of you. Thanks,

     
    Old 05-10-2010, 04:30 PM   #23
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    hello ray. i am female and diagnosed with fistula and scheduled laparascopic sigmoid colonectomy in june. i am scared something awful. i have read about ureters being "nicked" and leakage problems afterwards and much pain. your article was very good for me to read and i thank you for taking time to write down all your symptoms and how you are now doing. I am dreading the pain and recovery although i have no choice but to go through with the surgery. are you experiencing anything "embarrassing" now from the surgery or do you feel your body is running "normally" now? bostonandparis

     
    Old 05-10-2010, 06:58 PM   #24
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    Thecla , I hope that you are able to get in to see a specialists very soon I had same issues of pain in the morning. I am wondering why the pain is worse in the AM.

    Today is 1 week post op from my surgery and had a bout of severe pain this am while attempting to take a shower. Pain became so severe when I moved, burning stabbing pain just to the left of my naval, that I thought I was going to have to go to the ER. I go in to see my surgeon on thurs.

    Anyone else have this increase in pain a week out from surgery? I hope nothing has ruptured in there. I am eating these pain pills on a regular basis still.

     
    Old 05-11-2010, 09:49 AM   #25
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    Marilyn, I hope you are feeling better by now. Maybe since you had the surgery, the worst is behind you now. It does take time to heal after surgery and maybe you just need a little more time to be without pain. I certainly would mention it to the Dr. on Thursday. My pain seems to be in my rectum where I supposedly had an anal fissure last month but it always happens in the early morning. The pain is so severe and it builds and builds like a labor pain. I try to take my anti nausea pill, drink some Slim Fast or Ensure and take a Roxicet for pain before it becomes so severe I think I am dying. It takes about an hour to subside. Now on Thursday, my Dr. has ordered an upper GI to rule out an obstruction. It seems to me it should be a lower GI since that is where the pain is. I don't know how in the world I am going to be able to bear it since I am not supposed to eat after midnight or take any of my medicine. If they can't give me a shot for pain and nausea, I will not be able to do it. I am beginning to think I should just call this colon rectal specialist who is 100 miles away and make an appointment with him. I am soo desperate people. What do you think?
    Thank you ray for the wonderful thing you did, sharing your experience to help others and bostonandparis, I wish a successful surgery for you. It seems most people who have the surgery are pleased with the results and remember, most of the things we worry about never happen anyway. Pray, I do a lot of that and it saves my sanity

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    Old 05-11-2010, 10:15 AM   #26
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    Re: bowel resection surgery/diverticulitis

    Hi Everyone,

    I thought it was time to write an update on my resection surgery. It has been almost 2 1/2 months since my surgery and I have never felt better! Like I wrote earlier, I stopped all pain pills 1 week after my operation, the first day I got home. The past few weeks I feel a little better everyday day. There were a few mornings I woke up with pain on my left side similar to the pain I had before surgery(about 3 weeks after surgery) and thought "OH NO its back" but after a week or so it was gone and hasn't returned. All in all I feel really good.

    Bostonandparis I know how your feeling. I was a nervous wreck thinking about the surgery and the pain, but I have to tell you, it really wasn't that bad! I had it done with a Laproscopic procedure and I hope that is the way you will go. They did tell me before the surgery that there was the possibility I would have the longer incision if problems occurred during surgery but luckily there were no problems. I did not have a "nose tube" when I woke up either. I was told one was in during surgery but I never knew it. The only things attached to me when I woke up was the IV and the catheter, and the catheter was because of the fistula and the bladder being affected which is what you probably have. As far as any "embarrassing" or painful problems, nope, don't have any. I do have some numbness down my leg where I think a nerve may have been touched during surgery, but it is not painful at all, just annoying.

    I once read on here that most of the people that write here after surgery with pain issues are the minority, compared to the amount of people that have it done with no problems and never come back to the board. I felt that way too. Before my surgery, I lived on these boards trying to soak in as much as I could so I would know what to expect, just as you are doing now, but after the surgery and everything was fine, life went on and I almost forgot about this forum and how it answered a lot of my questions and fears!

    I sympathize with the people that are having pain and problems after their surgery because it does happen. I sincerely hope that they all feel better soon! All I can say is that I don't feel bad at all and the whole surgery was no big deal now that I look back at it. Sure there will be some pain, but with the meds they give you in the hospital you are not going to feel that bad. When you first get up to move around after surgery you will feel sore, like working out for the first time and feeling the muscles really sore, but it really isn't that bad!!!

    The only thing I will warn people about is not to over-do it because you feel good! I went back to work 3 weeks after my surgery and was lifting small objects and moving around more than I should have. I felt pain,was sore and tired for days after that. Just take it easy until you heal and listen to your doctor.

    I will keep up with this post and if anyone wants to ask me anything feel free to write and I will get back as soon as I can.

    Good luck to you all and for those of you that are not feeling well you are in my prayers!!!!

     
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    Old 05-11-2010, 10:52 AM   #27
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    Ray: thanks for the info. I am doing just what you did--researching everything to get all the details. One question: what kind of anasthesia did you have? some people get a nerve block or something and some people had a pain pump when they woke up. can you describe that? My doctor has proposed a laparascopic sigmoid colonectomy because of diverticulosis and a fistula. There is no choice but to have the surgery as NOT having it is more dangerous than having it. I appreciate your checking in. My surgery date is in late June so I'll be online regularly before and after that to see if I can gather more information and then provide information on follow-up and to see if I can help others. Please check regularly to see what's going on as you have provided the most detailed description and the best advice. bostonandparis

     
    Old 05-11-2010, 02:53 PM   #28
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    Hi,
    I had colon resection surgery on April 19 2010. I am still having quite a bit of pain. I am nauseated after eating any kind of food and also get pains on my sides. I am trying to cut back on pain pills because they are binding me up.
    I had some of my 26 staples removed last wednesday. I also have an infection so i am taking 2 different antibiotics for 2 weeks. How long does this pain last is almost as bad as diverticulitis pain....
    thanks

     
    Old 05-11-2010, 08:24 PM   #29
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    BostonandParis..I had general anesthesia for my surgery without any epidural. I see some people have also had an epidural post op for pain control. I did have a PCA or patient controlled morphine anesthesia which I would highly recommend. It was attached to my IV and I could self administer a small dose of morphine every 10 minutes. It was set so that you couldnt overdose yourself and locked so you couldnt give yourself a dose earlier than 10 min. I had the PCA from Monday (surgery date) to Thursday. It also eliminates waiting for the nurse to come and give you your medicine so you can keep on top of it. Oh one other problem I had was a tremendous headache from the nausea medicine (Zofran)..I never had this happen in the past when I took this. Make sure your nurse doesnt infuse it into your IV too quickly as I think that is why I had that reaction.

    @thecla -- Are they looking for an obstruction in your small intestines? I really feel bad for you. The nausea does lead one to think it may be a blockage. I would try my best to insist that they give you something for the nausea and pain.

     
    Old 05-12-2010, 05:38 AM   #30
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    hi eeyore: sorry you are in pain. my surgery is scheduled for 6/28 and i am scared to death. if the pain pills are constipating, can't you take a stool softener or miralax to ease that up? that way you would have no pain and have an easier time in the bathroom. what staples had to be removed--staples from the incision? did they put staples in your rectum? that sounds frightening if they did. hope you feel better soon. bostonandparis

     
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