Cathy

Saint Johnsbury, VT

#4066 Nov 10, 2013
Betty, when was your surgery? I'm a little over two weeks open surgery. It took me 4 days to pass gas and have a small BM. Then it seemed I had lots of gas and frequent bm's for the next several days. Once I introduced more food, things quieted down a bit, I actually ended up in the ER because I wasn't passing gas or BM. I think noises are a good thing, but I call my doctors all the time if I feel like something isn't right-lord knows they won't call you! God luck to you.
Betty wrote:
I had the surgery and I have gas , and bowel movements 7 to 10 times aday ,after reading this I hope mine will get better with time also .I was sure worried that I would be this way from now on ,sure hope we all get better real soon.
Deb

Columbus, OH

#4067 Nov 14, 2013
edsmith1360 wrote:
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Do you know how or why the adhesion's took place after your resection? Im having some post op issues and wondering about re-adheasion's after surgery. My colon was attached to my bladder and abdominal wall very badly (converted from lapro to open surgery). What keeps the colon from healing/attaching to the abdominal wall after surgery? Did any testing confirm your re-adhesion's? Did you have bowel issues or only pain after your resection? Glad for your success.
Ed,
I had 3 major abdominal surgeries prior to the colon surgery. Which was one of the reasons. My colon was attached to my abdominal wall and my hysterectomy scar. I believe that if that surgeon would have done that surgery open I wouldn't have had so many problems for 2 1/2 years because he would have removed some of the adhesions at that time. There isn't any tests for adhesions, they don't show up on ct scans they are clear. I have horrible bowel issues now IBS definitely. The pain was unbearable...I had to see a pain specialist.
Elizabeth

Bundoora, Australia

#4068 Nov 15, 2013
When one of my children was small he had a gastric attack, and he stopped eating because he decided that was making him throw up. I eventually took him to hospital because of the pains he was having in his stomach.
We discovered the pains were caused because of dehydration and lack of food. You really do need to eat to keep the bowels functioning, but slowly and in small amounts until you feel you can take a bigger meal. Also sip water often if a glassful seems just out of the question.

Since: Jun 13

Location hidden

#4069 Nov 15, 2013
Im not sure if I have any post op adhesion's, but I do have odd feelings that move around.
By the second day, I was walking the halls of the hospital post op, have a dog that wont take no for an answer, so I always walk a 2-3 miles a day. I have worked full time since 6 weeks post op, on my feet more than half the time at work.
I had a Hernia operation way back in 1980 and I had odd pains for a year or more after surgery so figuring this might just be me and the way I heal...
Thanks for the replies
maggi

Austin, TX

#4070 Nov 17, 2013
I had sigmoid resection n removed 8" of my colon. It has been 2 months n stomach is still real sore..can't wear clothes on my waist n I'm terribly constipated all the time..still get tired easily..does anyone have this problem.
Deb

Mason, MI

#4071 Nov 17, 2013
Maggi,

It's been two years since I had open surgery to remove 11 inches of my colon, and I'm still putting a folded piece of old sweatpant material between my jeans and belly button. It can take a long time for that area to completely heal, I guess, but that soft material helps a lot to keep the jeans from rubbing against the top of my incision that ends at the belly button.

I also use a 7" footstool to put my feet on when sitting on the toilet (and will use it the rest of my life), which helps stuff move out of the colon and bladder easier and quicker. I started using the footstool a couple of months before my surgery and have often wondered why I didn't use it my entire life. It really does help to avoid constipation, as does eating a lot of high-water content foods.
cajun colon

United States

#4072 Nov 19, 2013
I had 12" removed last part of September 2013. I am finding my self being very impatient with the complete healing process. I am finally eating again, but small portions at a time. I seem to be oposite with BMs. I starte out going several times a day, now I am lucky if I go every other day. Not constipated, but can't go. I get bloated etc. I am taking 2 ducalax in the morning and two at night with little results. Back to the dr the end of November for a check up. Hope to get a resolution. Like the rest, took me quite awhile to get over this, still getting very tired and weak. hope to be up to speed soon
cajun colon

United States

#4073 Nov 19, 2013
I forgot mention in my last post. Has anyone had isues with back pain after a few weeks of surgery. I get very bad pains in my upper right back, between shoulder blades. It does not feel like muscle, but very deep. Sometimes last for hours. It will start at any time. Sitting, standing, laying down.. mind of its own. I am concerned about this and will ask the dr. I have never had pain in my back like this before.
Elizabeth

Maribyrnong, Australia

#4074 Nov 19, 2013
cajun colon. Everyone seems to have odd pains shooting up in the most unusual places! Could be a pinched nerve. Try and keep good posture, don't give in to the pain (oooh hard!) take an analgesic before the daily walk. The other bits are normal, walk eat rest, and the healing process will continue.
Yes Maggi, the stomach will object to pressure for awhile, especially around the waist. Try to keep to small meals and always exercise before a meal not after. Bloating can be caused by walking after a meal, as well as ingredients in the meal itself. I sometimes take a lactulose mixture which eases the bloating as well as helping to get rid of the constipation.(forgive the wind) This seems to work best after a high fibre carbohydrate meal with a full glass of water. I also find that a 30 ml dose of this mixture is most effective if only taken once a fortnight. It may work differently with other people. God bless.
ladyrae

North Olmsted, OH

#4075 Nov 20, 2013
Hey all I am nine weeks post surgery ..was doing great until two days ago, I was practicing yoga or dance poses with my daughter with my legs outstretched and the next day had pain by the right lap incision, today its more of a dull ache across my lower abs . Do you think I stretched the healing muscles and nerves this far out of surgery? The pain is not bad, just annoying and worrisome. Could I still be healing down there ?
NJ John

Cherry Hill, NJ

#4076 Nov 20, 2013
ladyrae wrote:
Hey all I am nine weeks post surgery ..was doing great until two days ago, I was practicing yoga or dance poses with my daughter with my legs outstretched and the next day had pain by the right lap incision, today its more of a dull ache across my lower abs . Do you think I stretched the healing muscles and nerves this far out of surgery? The pain is not bad, just annoying and worrisome. Could I still be healing down there ?
Yes, Ladyrae, you could still be healing down there. Everyday activities may be pain-free at this point, but stretching like you did may have resulted in the strain you're feeling.
Deborah

Chatham, MA

#4077 Nov 20, 2013
Joy wrote:
Hi All, I am just a month after my colon resection. I has about 12" of my sigmoid colon removed laparascopically. All my incisions have healed beautifully. My problem is I feel horrible much of the time and am having 10+ bms per day. This is not diarhea, just small soft stools. I have become lactose intolerant since the surgery and can only eat very small amounts. I have several days at a time that I have a lot of gas, stomach gas pains, mild nausea, acid indegestions etc. I did not have these problems before my surgery. I would just like some reassurance that this is not a permanent problem but to be expected after the surgery? I cannot go very far from a bathroom right now so am still working from home... also I tire very easily. Can some of you that had the surgery several months ago... or longer... let me know if you experienced this and how long you think it took to feel completely better and have a normal diet? Thanks for you help and advice, Joy
Hi Joy,
I also had 12" of my sigmoid colon removed lap. as well four months ago and I had all of the above,, this is normal. Actually I had everything you are describing , just be patient , it will all come together.. there was a point where I had wished I never had the surgery. I was sick when eating, gas, pain,nausea,constipation etc.. and I gained 20lbs! However with that said I am normal now. I can eat anything and everything tastes really good to me now. So hang in there!!!:)
glenda

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4078 Nov 20, 2013
KLJNY wrote:
I have tried to read through all of these posts to find some type of an answer for my husband. He had been having abdominal pain and bleeding on and off for awhile and was told to Change his diet and had developed internal hemmorhoids. They referred him to a gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy just to make sure, but was unable to get an appointment because the doctor was booked up solid for months. I called numerous times to follow up, because it was becoming worse. He was 38 at the time. In September 2010, about 2 months later, his colon ruptured, due to diverticulitis with an adhesion to his bladder. He developed perotinitis and sepsis quickly and had emergency surgery and had a bowel resection with colostomy. He had his reversal in February 2011. He lost 10 inches of his colon. This period of time was awful, but we knew how lucky we were that he was still alive. He had all the usual postoperative issues and diet problems, but worked through them and just excepted what he needed to do.
Here's the issue: he has bouts of severe pain with fever, nausea, vomiting, some fecal blood and abdominal distention. This all started about 8 months post-op. He experienced it every few weeks at first and then it went to every couple months, and is now sporadic. He saw numerous doctors and had numerous CT Scans and colonoscopies in the first couple years to try to figure this out. Following all testing being negative and being told there is nothing wrong.....he gave up and just said he'd live with it. He is in the midst of one of these episodes now. He went to the doctor yesterday (he hasn't gone to the doctor for these episodes in about 18 months, because he's so frustrated), because he was in agony and was running a fever of 102. He looked like he gained 20 pounds over night. The doctor immediately thought he had perotinitis and ordered a CT Scan and bloodwork. Sure enough....everything came back fine. FINE!! He got up and went right to work this morning, even though he was still so sick. "The doctor says there is nothing wrong with me".
I feel helpless. I keep looking for answers for him and nothing. I keep fearing that one of these episodes will be the real thing and we'll wait it out and do nothing, because it's "nothing"....and I'll lose him. He's frustrated and said he's never going to have another test for any of this. I don't blame him at all. Any words of wisdom are greatly appreciated. The doctors can't figure this out, so I need to!!
i can truely relate to your husband i had 2 resections and 2 herniarepairs do to the surgerys,in 2011 and im in pain everyday still been to so many doctors and er visit and they all say we dont see anything..i get so bloated that i look like im 5months pregnant,it happens about every 4 to 6 weeks low grade fever and just feel really sick..i was told after my first resection that i would never have diver attacks again wrong about a year after my first surgery i came back..than had another resectoin wich led to incarserated hernis repair and its been a bad road ever since.in 2011 i had 3 surgerys in 6months. and im in worse shape now than i was when suffering with diver the pain is so bad i keep even do most things like going shopping at publix because i cant stand that long and when i do the pain in my lower abdominal is so bad im crying in the car on the way home.this has been going on for 2yrs now and i cant get any answers..the last doc i seen last week said o its most likely ibs..i said in pain like this everyday for ibs he goes yea so i said what do i do i cant live like this anymore and he say well its acute not chornic,bett he wouldnt want my life for a day..never did give me any answers as to what to do..so i gues what im saying is i feel his pain and frustration i have been there and still am. good luck and godbless keep fighting
glenda

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#4079 Nov 20, 2013
Deb wrote:
Sorry it gas taken me soooo long to update all of you!. My surgery was a complete success. My surgeon "released" a lot of adhesions which was causing all of the burning, stabbing, grabbing pain. I have been to so many doctors, from pain specialists, to pelvic floor therapist, to the Cleveland clinic. I have CT scans, barium enemas, small bowel follow thru. In and out of the ER. Was told that there was nothing but pain meds for the rest of my life. Then I finally found a doctor that would do the surgery. It is very risky, may not work. He told me I might come out feeling worse. I had to take the chance. The 2 1/2 years since my colon resection has been hell. I have lost count on how many medications I have been on. So for anyone experiencing chronic pain...there is HOPE.
wow deb thats so great im so happy for you are you truly pain free i hope so, im still fighting with these docs to get them to listen the lastest one said i had i bs what a joke..hope to see the same doc that did my last sugery have to go to him have no choice but maybe i can get through to him,god i hope so im still in pain day after day but seems i cant get anyone to understand how bad it is. i am just so happy for you thank god now you can get back your life.
Elizabeth

Caroline Springs, Australia

#4080 Nov 20, 2013
I have a friend who wears two patches to help alleviate severe pain. She is the most cheerful and optimistic person you would want to meet. I pray that all those in pain get some of her vibes. God bless you all.
Deb

Columbus, OH

#4081 Nov 21, 2013
glenda wrote:
<quoted text>wow deb thats so great im so happy for you are you truly pain free i hope so, im still fighting with these docs to get them to listen the lastest one said i had i bs what a joke..hope to see the same doc that did my last sugery have to go to him have no choice but maybe i can get through to him,god i hope so im still in pain day after day but seems i cant get anyone to understand how bad it is. i am just so happy for you thank god now you can get back your life.
So glad to see you here!!! I pray for you too! Everyone uses IBS as an excuse for their stupidity!!!
Deb

Columbus, OH

#4082 Nov 21, 2013
Elizabeth wrote:
I have a friend who wears two patches to help alleviate severe pain. She is the most cheerful and optimistic person you would want to meet. I pray that all those in pain get some of her vibes. God bless you all.
I too used patches....another way to mask your pain.

Since: Jan 12

Stuart, Florida

#4083 Nov 22, 2013
Cathy wrote:
John, I don't have any restrictions on my diet, it's just everything I eat tastes awful. I expected I would have a small appetite, I didn't expect that foods would literally taste different. I was so looking forward to eating too!
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Takes a while but the food will get back to tasting normal
hope you have a fun filled Thanks Given also Good Bless

Teddy Bear Hugs also

Larry

Since: Jan 12

Stuart, Florida

#4084 Nov 22, 2013
To all of my fiends

Hope that the end of 2013 will find it's way to reliving our Pain and that 2014 will be Pain Free for all God Bless and TheRaz Teddy Bear Hugs all around

Next Tuesday I shall be 65 << an Old Fart >> Nov 26th made it to Medicare time even that I do not need it as the VAMC takes good care of me

Larry
Cathy

Barre, VT

#4085 Nov 24, 2013
I still have lots of hard lumps under my incision, I had open surgery 4 weeks ago. Did anyone else have this experience, how long before those hard areas go away?

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