side affects from colon resection.

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rick

Bradenton, FL

#1 Jun 5, 2011
had perforated diverticulitis on 10/27/10. Never had been diagnosed with any intestinal problems before. 38yr old Hispanic male thus i had no B/M problems before also had gall bladder removed 1 month after having @ 8 inches of sigmoid colon resection. now 8 months after the "indecent" i am still not 100% back to normal. i am having bad anxiety also have a burning feeling in my teeth and to top it all off i am having occasional bad back/shoulder pain.

have discovered what foods are bad for the tummy and what is good. a bowl of fiber one starts the day off well and as long as i stay away from greasy or spicy foods i am good. i have gerds and take dexilante once a day.
Gillian

London, UK

#2 Jun 6, 2011
Rick, sorry to hear about your problem. I think that your GERD is down to having your gallbladder removed - the gallbladder is basically a place where bile is stored until it is needed - after a meal it releases the bile into your stomach. When the gall bladder is removed, the bile that is produced by the liver goes straight into your stomach, so it can be much more acidic in there than previously. It is this that gives you the GERD.

I can understand the anxiety. You have had a traumatic time of it and it is bound to affect your confidence -you are only human and it does shock you that something like this can happen out of the blue. Hopefully, with time you may start to feel better about things.

Have you mentioned the teeth to anyone? I have never heard of anyone complaining about burning in their teeth after a resection or gall bladder removal - have you seen a dentist about it? If there is nothing wrong with your teeth, it maybe that you are jaw-clenching/teeth grinding in your sleep, which could cause it. A lot of people who are suffering from stress or anxiety do this without knowing.
rick

Bradenton, FL

#3 Jun 6, 2011
gillian_

been to one dr and had lots of blood work and ekg chest x rays and she had no clue. when i awoke from my resection surgery i found that i had a numb felling on my left thigh. dr said that it could be due to nerves being cut that were attached to my sigmoid. I have a 6 month dr. appointment in 3 weeks with the surgeon who re spliced me.

wife thinks that my back/chest/shoulder pain is due to stress. those pains just started up @ 3 weeks ago.

i wish i had waited longer before i went back to work. i got out of hospital on a thursday and was back working on monday. i was on super light duty but i needed to work to pay the bills.

Gillian

London, UK

#4 Jun 7, 2011
Rick, sorry to hear that you had to go back to work so early. In England the doctors recommend 6 weeks for recovery before going back to work -but we are lucky to get sickness benefit payments from the government - not much, but it does help to 'keep the wolf from the door', so to speak. I can't imagine having to go back to work so soon after my op -I really needed the time to recover and get my strength back.

You are almost certainly suffering from an overload of stress. Is there no way that you can take some time out and just have a complete rest? not just physically, but mentally too. It sounds like you have had no time to come to terms with what was/is a very traumatic experience, not to mention the fact that it is major surgery and your body really does need time to heal itself properly. We get very tired quickly for a while after any major op because of all the extra work the body is doing to heal itself. If you are not giving it all the help it needs, then it will take longer to eventually get back to normal - if it ever does.

You need to do what my doctor advised me,'Stop worrying and be kind to yourself -at the end of the day, you are more help to your family alive than in the ground through working yourself to death'

I must say, I had my gall bladder removed 10 years ago, and it was a walk in the park, compared to the resection and I have never had any side effects from its removal at all. But the combination of the 2 must have taken its toll on your system. No wonder you are feeling so awful.
rick

Bradenton, FL

#5 Jun 7, 2011
gillian,

thanks for the advice, my wife thinks the same thing. i have never had anything to traumatic happen other than my thumb getting in a fight with a table saw (saw won) and even then was able to get it stitched up and only have some nerve damage and a saw my wife will not let me use. lol

i guess with me being fine one day and then in the hospital being sliced and diced the same day has really caught me of guard. the mind is a funny thing. what really is funny is 1 month before any of my "issues" happened i had started doing the right thing. i had started walking 2-3 miles a day. went from a pack of cigs down to 6 a day. stopped eating all the greasy foods. cut out 90% of the sodas. started eating fruits and veggies. had went to dr and had blood work done to make sure everything was going good and then "poof" health issues.

the mind is a funny thing
Paul

Fort Worth, TX

#6 Jul 10, 2011
I had sigmoid resection surgery about 1 month ago. Haven't had any major problems with my bowels except the number of times a day I go. My problem is I am having problems with ejaculation. The feeling is there but no sperm. Anyone have any thoughts on this ?
Kathy - NS

Halifax, Canada

#7 Jul 12, 2011
gillian_
been to one dr and had lots of blood work and ekg chest x rays and she had no clue. when i awoke from my resection surgery i found that i had a numb felling on my left thigh. dr said that it could be due to nerves being cut that were attached to my sigmoid. I have a 6 month dr. appointment in 3 weeks with the surgeon who re spliced me.
wife thinks that my back/chest/shoulder pain is due to stress. those pains just started up @ 3 weeks ago.
i wish i had waited longer before i went back to work. i got out of hospital on a thursday and was back working on monday. i was on super light duty but i needed to work to pay the bills.
I had the same thing with the numbness. Dr said the same thing - cut nerves. I also have frequent diarrhea ... had surgery in Sept, 2010... thought I was doing great right after the surgery, but then diarrhea started ... got worse at times. Some foods bother me sometimes, but not other times ??????? I also have a lot of discomfort in my left side - CT scan showed "distension" and my stomach contents empty quickly ... I had large portion of my large colon removed, so there's no place for the food to "sit", so I go often. Hoping this won't be "permanent"!!!!!
Betty

Alice, TX

#8 Aug 13, 2011
In 2007 I had all but 1 foot of my colon removed. 17 days in the hospital, it was not easy. It took me about 7 months before I could really feel normal again. I was cut open not laproscopy surgery. My bowel movements were solid and it was the best thing after 30 years of a non working colon and enemas etc. SEVERE divertic., now I am having more diahrrea type bowel movements but it could be due to my diet. I quit smoking the day of my surgery in 07. and I did started a bad habit of not eating properly. Having the colon surgery was the best thing I could have done, I would encourage anyone to Fully research through physcians and all to determine what is best for yourself but for me, it gave me my life back.
Betty

Alice, TX

#9 Aug 13, 2011
one thing i forgot to mention,,, LISTEN to your doctor about recuperation time. it is frustrating but you must let your body heal. after what it went through it must heal properly. good luck to all.
rick

Bradenton, FL

#10 Aug 13, 2011
Paul wrote:
I had sigmoid resection surgery about 1 month ago. Haven't had any major problems with my bowels except the number of times a day I go. My problem is I am having problems with ejaculation. The feeling is there but no sperm. Anyone have any thoughts on this ?
paul,
after surgery i to have had issues. mine is that i have continuous erection all night. i have normal intercourse and as soon as i fall asleep i get aroused and it stays aroused all night. this has made it difficult in the sense of when i roll around in bed while asleep i wake up in pain due to rolling over and being erect. i asked my dr. about it and he said "and your complaining, some peeps pay a lot of money for having your problem". what he does not understand is that after a full night of being erected i hurt the next morning. thank god this only happens when i am asleep cause i would never be able to leave the house in the day time.
rick

Bradenton, FL

#11 Aug 13, 2011
kathy
i have found diet is everything. red sauce is a no no as is bbq sauce. i have to stay away from anything that has cooked tomatoes. cold tomatoes are fine. spicy food and sausage does not sit well either.
jewels

Deerfield Beach, FL

#12 Nov 29, 2011
Its been three months since my boyfriend got diagnosed with colon cancer. He had surgery where he had some of his intestine removed. we have a normal sex life and he goes through all the emotion, feeling and everything as if he ejaculated but nothing comes out. this has been the case for three months, the doctor said he just needed to heal maybe it will come back but it hasnt. Should we be worried something is goin wrong? what if its going in his bladder is that a big issue?
Gutnotright

Granada Hills, CA

#13 Jan 11, 2012
Hi Fellow Sufferers,
I was just reading all the guests problems on this site. I can so relate, have had stomach problems since I was 14 years old, 62 years old now.
I have had quite a few bouts of diverticulitis with one hospital stay for 3-4 days about 2 years ago. I realize how much emotions factor into how my stomach is feeling. I can add a treatment that has not been mentioned so far. I have been going to a Chinese acupuncturist for quite some time on and off for my diverticulitis attacks. It is so helpful, soothing and healing. The treatments are painless, one hour and he makes up herbs for me to take with meals for approx. 1 week.
I am having a very swollen abdomen right now and feeling out of sorts, so I am eating a very light diet, mostly soups and tea, water.
I hope this helps just one person out there if not more.
Wish you all the best.
Bill

Staten Island, NY

#14 Apr 22, 2012
Paul wrote:
I had sigmoid resection surgery about 1 month ago. Haven't had any major problems with my bowels except the number of times a day I go. My problem is I am having problems with ejaculation. The feeling is there but no sperm. Anyone have any thoughts on this ?
Paul , I had a resection done 5 weeks ago , exact same issues .
Three doctors can't help me . How Re you doing . How long ago did you have the surgery ?
Black Lion

San Marcos, CA

#15 Nov 8, 2012
Paul wrote:
I had sigmoid resection surgery about 1 month ago. Haven't had any major problems with my bowels except the number of times a day I go. My problem is I am having problems with ejaculation. The feeling is there but no sperm. Anyone have any thoughts on this ?
I had the entire sigmoid colon removed in 2006 because of a tumor at 18cm (scalpel surgery, not laparoscopic, because I was/am a big guy). There is a bundle of nerves that are directly in the way of extracting the sigmoid colon, and the surgeon likely had to cut through them to do the work. Since the surgery, I have erections but I have "dry ejaculations." I actually had an appointment in 2006, 4 months after the surgery, with a urologist and he said that the outcome might have been different if I had been thin and had laparoscopic surgery.
Diane

Birmingham, AL

#16 Dec 7, 2012
Need some comments from those who have had the sigmoid removed. Sigmoid removed March, 2011 after years of diverticulitis. Surgeon said was covered in scar tissue and still had inflammation after 4 months on antibiotics. Now unexplained pain in left side below incision site. Been thru tests, blood work,several drs and now colonoscopy which showed diverticulosis again. Help? Anyone been thru this? Pain comes and goes afetr a round of serious antibiotics.
Bernie

Chicago, IL

#17 Dec 20, 2012
Diane - Had resection November 2011 because of diver. I had pain on left side where incision was made. My pain continued until October this year. Nothing my surgeon or primary could find through every test they could possibly send me for including a colonoscopy just last month gave an answer for pain. I know it is frustrating but it takes time. You had major surgery and as one gastroenterlogist told me, your colon is in shock. If you are stressed and anxious then it takes that much longer for you to heal. I was prescribed dicyclomine which is common med for IBS (which I contracted after surgery) and it is a life saver. It relaxes my colon and eases the pain. It makes me drowsey but is worth it. I still have some diverticulosis as well. Just be patient and eat right. I found that you can ingest too much fiber so watch out for that. Good luck.
James Florida

West Palm Beach, FL

#18 Dec 26, 2012
Diane wrote:
Need some comments from those who have had the sigmoid removed. Sigmoid removed March, 2011 after years of diverticulitis. Surgeon said was covered in scar tissue and still had inflammation after 4 months on antibiotics. Now unexplained pain in left side below incision site. Been thru tests, blood work,several drs and now colonoscopy which showed diverticulosis again. Help? Anyone been thru this? Pain comes and goes afetr a round of serious antibiotics.
Diane, I had laproscopic surgery done over a year ago. I am still experiencing discomfort lower left abdomen. Dozens of doctors and tests can't find anything. Would love some advice. thx. Where's Gillian?
Black Lion

San Marcos, CA

#19 Dec 26, 2012
While looking for meaningful answers to post-op issues, please note that there are many variables to colon resection surgery which may have an affect on the healing process. For instance, what was the rationale for the surgery?(chronic diverticulitis, colon cancer or somthing else?) Also, which colon was resected, how much of it was resected and what is the location of the anastamosis? Also, no doubt the skill level of the surgeon plays into this as well. Speaking for myself, I didn't get much of a post-op "debriefing" nor a set of answers to frequently asked post-op questions---which is the reason that I came to this Web site (and I didn't find it here, either). It seems odd to me that I get better instructions with a new TV than after major surgery.
Fern

Missoula, MT

#20 Dec 27, 2012
I had colon resection done 5 yrs ago and was left with GI problems that was not there before surgery. Diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea, etc. I was not told there could be any problems after surgery. Am I sorry I had the surgery for diveticulities, Yes, Yes, Yes.

I was never told to go on a special diet for diverticulities to try an prevent the attacks or any special diet after surgery.

I am just know figuring out somethings that are helping with these problems, no thanks to any Drs. I am not even sure what I have SIBO, IBS, etc, all I know is what my symptoms are and what so far is helping some and that the exray of the stomach shows a lot of gas build up in the right intestine. I really did not need an exray to tell me that.

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