Advice for After Colon Resection?
Dixie

Jeffersonville, IN

#282 Mar 24, 2010
denie wrote:
Rena
I would also like to know about a drink or 2...I used to love a martini from time to time but have not attempted, no real desire yet... Still scared to try salad!
It seems that no one wants to address the martini issue, so here goes: I have had martinis over the years and had no problem. Alcoholic drinks tend to dehydrate and water should always be on the side. I still love a martini. Doctors will discourage too much of anything. I enjoy eating out and having a drink or two, so, I love a booth near the "throne room." Moderation is the key with food and drink. I eat salads and the foods I like, without problems. I have lost 20 pounds and I like it. This may be repetitious, but, my colon resection was Nov. 2009 with ileostomy bag, reversal was Dec. 2009. Adjustment to reversal is ongoing. I don't have diarhhea like most of these people seem to have. My intervals with constipation can be annoying. I understand that my surgeon (who wasn't a colo-rectal surgeon) sutured a large portion of my colon to a smaller portion of my rectum, creating a bottle neck causing the constipation. I am currently seeing a specialist who says this can be corrected with a little "stretching" and I am currently on hold in the decision making process because I have had quite a lot to adjust to already. These bodies of ours react differently to everything, however, it certainly pays to know that we have the right surgeon for the right job. We never know what goes on in that operating room. The proper hospital care is important too. You can't ask too many questions. Hope this helps.

Since: Jan 10

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#283 Mar 24, 2010
Ok here's my 2 cents worth too ( 3 months post lap surgery, 1 foot gone)
Alcohol
yup, I can take one Gimlet (gin & Roses Lime & sugar) and 1 or 2 glasses of wine with dinner with no back results.
Frequncy:
I have one movement every day or every other day - at the wrong time of day (afternoon). I'm starting a new regime, mild fiber (flax by REnew Life) at Night and see if everythign comes out ok in the am. I'll check back.

Bromelian:
yes - it's an enzyme and "over the counter".

Karin - Oh my, I'm praying for you my dear. Keep trying new things and I hope it heals up for you finally. I'm surprised probiotics are not helping. Maybe you are taking too much. I was doing that BEFORE I had surgery with the same milti-frequency results. Perhaps you could cut your dosage in two and try that for a month.

Natalie - remember not to go too fast...all those drugs can fool you into thinking you can do anything. Keep checking in - we all have tons of advice :)
AnnaD

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#284 Mar 24, 2010
Oops that's no BAD results
natalie

Laval, Canada

#285 Mar 24, 2010
Annad wrote:
Ok here's my 2 cents worth too ( 3 months post lap surgery, 1 foot gone)
Alcohol
yup, I can take one Gimlet (gin & Roses Lime & sugar) and 1 or 2 glasses of wine with dinner with no back results.
Frequncy:
I have one movement every day or every other day - at the wrong time of day (afternoon). I'm starting a new regime, mild fiber (flax by REnew Life) at Night and see if everythign comes out ok in the am. I'll check back.
Bromelian:
yes - it's an enzyme and "over the counter".
Karin - Oh my, I'm praying for you my dear. Keep trying new things and I hope it heals up for you finally. I'm surprised probiotics are not helping. Maybe you are taking too much. I was doing that BEFORE I had surgery with the same milti-frequency results. Perhaps you could cut your dosage in two and try that for a month.
Natalie - remember not to go too fast...all those drugs can fool you into thinking you can do anything. Keep checking in - we all have tons of advice :)
AnnaD
Hey AnnaD, I guess I was not clear...my surgery was 2 years ago. I was trying to tell people that my doctors told me that as soon as I left the hospital, I could (and should) eat anything (small meals, lots of fiber and water) as well as drink alcohol. As long as surgery is successful, you should return to a normal life (but eat helthy!!!!) Love to all
Debbie

AOL

#286 Mar 24, 2010
I had a resection last November and had 12" removed. I'm doing really well (still some pain); however, I have a question I haven't seen mentioned anywhere on these comments. I have this really weird feeling in my colon of "dropping and moving" - which I would kind of compare to how the core plates must move causing an earthquake. It doesn't really hurt - but it drops and shifts so suddenly, it seems to jar my whole abdomen and insides. It is in the area of where the section was removed. Has anyone else experenced this - or have any words of wisdom for me?

Thanks so much!

Debbie from Oshkosh, WI
natalie

Laval, Canada

#287 Mar 25, 2010
Debbie wrote:
I had a resection last November and had 12" removed. I'm doing really well (still some pain); however, I have a question I haven't seen mentioned anywhere on these comments. I have this really weird feeling in my colon of "dropping and moving" - which I would kind of compare to how the core plates must move causing an earthquake. It doesn't really hurt - but it drops and shifts so suddenly, it seems to jar my whole abdomen and insides. It is in the area of where the section was removed. Has anyone else experenced this - or have any words of wisdom for me?
Thanks so much!
Debbie from Oshkosh, WI
Dear D, discomfort and strange feelings are normal (I think) for the first year or so. Everything has to replace itself in there. I still get pains (not severe) lower left when I'm tired or stressed. Have you ever been pregnant? After my resection, I used to get the feeling like a little foot inside me would give a little kick once in a while!

Hang in there!!!
denie

Lincoln, NE

#288 Mar 26, 2010
I do have strange pain/discomfort almost like pulling twinges?? It's so hard to explain & the dropping feeling comes for me when I sit on the toilet(& not for the obvious), although that seems to be getting better. The pain/twinges seem to come on anytime I am walking around too much doing anything. Like last night we went to a museum...It also feels like wearing zippers still irritates me after a while.
How about working out? How have any of you started back to any regular exercise besides walking? I am scared to death to go back to pilates since it is all focused on the "core muscles" and really anything I was doing before.
I am 8 weeks post resection today, am I being to impatient or just too chicken??
Chuck

Fountain Hills, AZ

#289 Mar 26, 2010
I had the surgery 1 year ago.Laproscopic, no bag,no big problems just some minor bleeding at the large incision site.I still feel stretching and healing going on at the incision site after exercising,heavy activity and things like that.Remember they cut through a lot of tissue and the healing process takes a long long time.No problems with diet but I now practice "everything in moderation".Best to all.
Joy

Fremont, CA

#290 Mar 26, 2010
denie wrote:
I do have strange pain/discomfort almost like pulling twinges?? It's so hard to explain & the dropping feeling comes for me when I sit on the toilet(& not for the obvious), although that seems to be getting better. The pain/twinges seem to come on anytime I am walking around too much doing anything. Like last night we went to a museum...It also feels like wearing zippers still irritates me after a while.
How about working out? How have any of you started back to any regular exercise besides walking? I am scared to death to go back to pilates since it is all focused on the "core muscles" and really anything I was doing before.
I am 8 weeks post resection today, am I being to impatient or just too chicken??
Hi Denie, I think you need to listen to your body, you will know when you are ready to start working out. I waited about 4 months to go back to playing badminton which is the sport that I play regularly and keeps me fit! When I went back I felt some discomfort (like pulling) to the right of my lower abdomen and the main incision. It is over a year ago now and it is mostly gone.... I am even beginning to get rid of the numbness I have had to the right of my large incision! It takes a long time for the body to completely heal so be patient :-) Joy
ttmccall

Issaquah, WA

#291 Mar 26, 2010
Ditto !! I've had to learn to walk again my neighbor's give me the support I need to keep at it. But I've been athletic all my life with a work ethic that sometimes has been a detriment ( I've got a hard head)my mind makes promises that my body can't keep. But my heart say's keep working and you will get back, so I do everyday even when I don't feel like it. Keep up your regimen's with a guard on being stupid about what you can do. Listen to your body, learn from your mistakes (Set Backs). Do as much as you can do. My outer body has been coming along better than my insides. So I just keep working on what I have control over.
AnnaD

Bellingham, WA

#292 Mar 27, 2010
I'm with you folks. Went back to water aerobics at about 2 months. I went two times that first week and was so tired. The next week I didn't go to the pool at all, just to work, etc. The next week for 2 times and then last week only once. So now it's almost 3 months and I look back and realize I feel so much better than last month, especially in daily energy. but stamina still is slower in coming. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis too,, and am back to those meds and I think that's ok. It's hard to tell sometimes which medical thing is causing fatigue. But I'm listening to Joy and she said 4 months and that is looking very reasonable now. And also the doc said 3 months to feel pretty good and 6 months to feel REALLY good.
Twinges:
Yup I get those too. Doc says it's nerves. That they get stretched during surgery and can take up to a year to heal. I was freaked the first time back to water aerobics, as we jump around quite a bit so I called the doc to ask if it was ok. Like was I going to dislodge something?- and he said no, nothing is really attached to the abdominal wall, it's all rather loose in there - and it's readjusting to the new space.
Fiber and elimination:
My experiment with taking a mild fiber every night has been quite successful.:)
Suzy Brown

UK

#293 Mar 29, 2010
Vel wrote:
I had a colon resection in July 2008 and did not experience any difficulty at all until Jan. of 09.
I had an intensly sharp pain across my stomach and have have had soreness and pain almost constantly since then. My stomach stays bloated and the pain is now mostly on my left side. I had another colonoscopy which came out clean. I have been to an Urologist. He doesnt find anyting wrong. He did suggest that it might be scar tissue pressing on some nerves and I should see my original surgeon.
Has anyone out there experienced problems with scar tissue causing pain that long after healing from surgery or am I the "lone ranger".
I had my colon resection June 2009 and since then I have experienced bloating and discomfort just above my belly button. sometimes worse than others and on bad days I live on a diet of soup and yogurt. I went for my six week check up with the Consultant today who said that he would arrange for me to have a barium meal as it might be scar tissue or a narrowing of the astamosis ( where they joined the two ends of the bowel together)
I will keep you posted on my results but my problems sound very similar to yours.
DianaB

Kent, WA

#294 Mar 29, 2010
I had my resection on March 17, hand assisted lap surgery. Was in hospital for 4 days, things going well except today I have been very nauseated and anxious. I have taken xanax twice today, and anti nausea med. this morning, but just can't seem to feel better. I have a follow up with my surgeon tomorrow, just real anxious, nothing has gone wrong so far, but the nausea and anxiety is making me crazy right now, is it normal, how long does it take for the insides to heal up, wouldn't I know if something is really wrong? Is nausea normal with this? I did eat pasta with alfredo sauce and chicken yesterday, could that have done it? Any reply would be greatly appreciated, just trying to get rid of anxiety....
livingbyfaith

AOL

#295 Mar 29, 2010
It takes time this is a jolt to your system. Gas x and tagamet for nausea might help. My husband had the nausea. I will pray for you.
DianaB

Kent, WA

#296 Mar 29, 2010
Thank you, I know it was the best thing to do as my sigmoid colon was very inflamed, just having a difficult time with the anxiety and now the nausea...
Joy

Fremont, CA

#297 Mar 30, 2010
DianaB wrote:
I had my resection on March 17, hand assisted lap surgery. Was in hospital for 4 days, things going well except today I have been very nauseated and anxious. I have taken xanax twice today, and anti nausea med. this morning, but just can't seem to feel better. I have a follow up with my surgeon tomorrow, just real anxious, nothing has gone wrong so far, but the nausea and anxiety is making me crazy right now, is it normal, how long does it take for the insides to heal up, wouldn't I know if something is really wrong? Is nausea normal with this? I did eat pasta with alfredo sauce and chicken yesterday, could that have done it? Any reply would be greatly appreciated, just trying to get rid of anxiety....
Hi Diana, yes, both gas and nausea is quite normal after the resection. I found that I had major problems if I ate a heavy meal. I too, was very worried that life would never return to normal but it does, you just need to be patient, eat very small portions and rest. It is very early days yet for you. It took me at least 2 months to start feeling anything like normal and, even then, if I overate or ate something like beans of high fibre salads then I would get so much gas and nausea. I used to take Gas X and Gravol to gether and go and lie in bad with my head propped up on pillows. Somehow, if I was lying still, it seemed to help the nausea. Hang in there and don't worry... all will be well :-) Joy
DianaB

Kent, WA

#298 Mar 30, 2010
Thanks Joy, I have seen your posts and I am trying to be as optimistic as you are.....nausea went away last night, but once I got up this morning it came back, still shaky too, will see what the Dr. says today...again, thanks for your encouragement.
ttmccall

Issaquah, WA

#299 Mar 30, 2010
For nausea ask your Doctor about prescribing Promethazine. It helps me with the nausea problem.
Chuck

Fountain Hills, AZ

#300 Mar 30, 2010
Deborah,I had the surgery 13 mos. ago and it fixed all my problems.I am 100% back to normal.I eat whatever I want.There are some people who have good results and I am one of them.You can e-mail me [email protected] if you have any questions about the process at all.Good luck!
missyb

Palatine, IL

#301 Apr 13, 2010
I had my 12 1/2 inches taken out on March 3rd and I still am not feeling right. I went to the emergency room 2 weeks ago and was advised that I developed diverticulitis. I have pain almost every day and my bm's only happen every 4-5 days. Also when I urinate I have extreme pain, I have no infection (at least from what I am told) so I have no idea why this happens. Also, I am now having pain in my upper abdomonal area. When I eat it feels like food is stuck in my chest. Any suggestions? Please help, I am at my wits end!

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