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Old 04-26-2003, 04:48 PM   #1
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Question C-Section & Intestinal Problems

My doctors are stumped. I had a C-section 2 weeks ago. When I got home, I started having bowel movements again, but it was diahrrea. I had taken a stool softener in the hospital once, but nothing since. So, every night since I returned home, I get severe nausea and diahrrea to the point where I am incapicated. (Thank goodness my husband is a saint and takes care of the baby.) This only happens at night and hasn't stopped. I've had blood tests, urine tests and a stool sample... nothing. Has anyone else had these kinds of problems after a C-section?

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Old 04-27-2003, 08:02 AM   #2
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Hi Beth,

I am also having a C-section in a couple of weeks. I did have a myomectomy back in 2000 and it basically is the same procedure as a C-section ; the only difference being that they will remove a baby instead of huge fibroids. I remember having a lot of bowel probs when I got back from the hospital about 3-4 days later. I went on the internet and spoke with a lot of women about this as well. It took several months for me to get my bowels back to normal which I couldn't understand b/c the average women that I spoke with were right back within a few days and some were within 2 weeks working out their abs( go figure!. I t was a long recuperation process for me. My bowels have never been the same since. Give it some time and make sure you do a couple of things to help:

1. Drink lots of H20 all day and stay away from caffeine carbonated drinks. Made my pain worse and I would always get the cramps at nite.

2. Take some natural or mild fiber. I think the dx recommended Metamucil or you can buy flax seeds at the health food store. Not too much b/c you will cramp as well more.

3. Heating pad when you get the cramps.

4. Get some good exercise in daily to keep your bowels moving. This is really important.

5. Watch foods that seem to make your symptoms worse. Stay away from them for awhile.

Finally, just watch your symptoms and just make sure that you are not having any blood in your bowels. I actually had more of the constipation than the diarrhea. If you don't improve within 3 months or improve a bit then I would see your dx again and tell him you need to see a specialist.

I was told that when you have the C-section that the dx's basically move your intestines to the side or in my case took mine out of my abdomen and then put it back after they had removed the fibroids from my uterus. Sounds graphic but that seems like a lot of stress for my poor intestines. It takes a while before things go back to normal and EVERY WOMEN IS DIFFERENT ( actually every human being is different). I have always been one to take longer to heal than others.

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon. Remember that a C-section is MAJOR abdominal surgery.


I forgot to mention that scar tissue does build up as well from the surgery and theres really no way to stop this from happening so maybe this is what is causing you some of your probs. It should still go away though.

Old 05-01-2003, 10:06 AM   #3
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Thanks for the help. I have been watching my diet, and I'm starting to feel much better. I've even started skipping a night of nausea/diahhrea occasionally!! It's nice to be able to attend to the baby at night sometimes so my husband doesn't always have to do it.

Thanks again.

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