Joy

Fremont, CA

#41 Jul 18, 2009
Hi Deborah, I had lap surgery last December and I am feeling great. It was I that started this post because it took me a while to start to feel fully better. Based on how I feel now I have absolutely no regrets, it was the right decision for me. Before my surgery the diver and damage to my colon was bad enough that I was an antibiotics for 2 or 3 months. As soon as I would stop taking them the pain, nausea and, in my case, low blood pressure started to come back. I was afraid to eat almost anything and lost 10 lbs. I was afraid to travel and could not eat in restaurants at all! All that has changed. I can eat almost anything (although beans give me a lot of gas) and feel great. It took me a long time to agree to the surgery because I kept thinking I could beat it with diet and lifestyle. In my case I could not. If you are not ready to go ahead and want to keep trying to beat it on your own you do have a choice. You will know when you are ready! Also remember that most people that post have a problem. Those who feel fine usually don't post on forums so it provides a one sided look for the most part. That's why I have continued to post, so that people know that there are many success stories :-) Take care and ask me any questions that you want. I am 54 and live in Brampton, near Toronto. I know it doesn't say that with my name but I work for a company in California and somehow it picks that up on this forum! Take Care, Joy
Ruth

Longview, TX

#42 Jul 18, 2009
ruth wrote:
i am 3 weeks post sigmoid colon resection i read everyone has loose stools several times a day but mines the other way around i cant seem to go unless i take metamucil everyother day or so to have a bm is this normal?? is this part of the healing ??
Update I'm feeling much better although after I eat I have to have a bathroom close but before surgery I couldn't go at all so to me having a BM is a blessing and no more pain
deborah

Canada

#44 Jul 19, 2009
Joy wrote:
Hi Deborah, I had lap surgery last December and I am feeling great. It was I that started this post because it took me a while to start to feel fully better. Based on how I feel now I have absolutely no regrets, it was the right decision for me. Before my surgery the diver and damage to my colon was bad enough that I was an antibiotics for 2 or 3 months. As soon as I would stop taking them the pain, nausea and, in my case, low blood pressure started to come back. I was afraid to eat almost anything and lost 10 lbs. I was afraid to travel and could not eat in restaurants at all! All that has changed. I can eat almost anything (although beans give me a lot of gas) and feel great. It took me a long time to agree to the surgery because I kept thinking I could beat it with diet and lifestyle. In my case I could not. If you are not ready to go ahead and want to keep trying to beat it on your own you do have a choice. You will know when you are ready! Also remember that most people that post have a problem. Those who feel fine usually don't post on forums so it provides a one sided look for the most part. That's why I have continued to post, so that people know that there are many success stories :-) Take care and ask me any questions that you want. I am 54 and live in Brampton, near Toronto. I know it doesn't say that with my name but I work for a company in California and somehow it picks that up on this forum! Take Care, Joy
thank you joy....to be honest i guess as i am closing in on a surgery date i am reading posts i normally did not read and noticed what seems to me to be a lot of complications..i was beginning to doubt the surgery and the benefits ....however....common sense has prevailed...thousands of people undergo this surgery so i am sure there are many, many success stories or why would they continue doing it....i have soreness on right and left side constantly and am only avoiding a flare up because i am being so careful...even with that i think i am barely containing it...i too am 57 so as i age this surgery which i believe will be necessary one day or another will just get harder as it does more damage and i get older...by not having the surgery i am also putting myself at risk...my husband and i travel overseas,(had a really nasty bout on the way home once...held my breath and clutched the arm of the seat all the way home to ride out the pain when it came)..we also travel to the usa and love canadian wilderness camping....so......the colonscopy has proved i am "full" of diver so....what is my problem....its obvious...i need the surgery...

once again joy...thank you for taking the time to remind me of the common sense of the whole thing...we were planning a road trip from vanc to toronto in Sept but had to cancel because of this diver....so....off i go to the surgeon tomorrow.....lol..this young surgeon is supposed to be the "king of lap" in vancouver so i will be in good hands.....
Wendy

Brooklyn, NY

#45 Jul 26, 2009
Hi just had a colon resection about a foot taken out 3 weeks ago. I am having alot of pain in my lower back and front lower left it is still very uncomfortable. It hurts when I poop although it's soft. I'm just curious how long this lasts is it normal and is there anything I can do to feel better? Thank God for the pain killers but i don't really want to have to use them for that much longer. I need to get back to work but the pain is to much for me to be working yet. Please let me know if my recovery seems normal to you guys I'm getting worried.
Joy

Fremont, CA

#46 Jul 26, 2009
deborah wrote:
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thank you joy....to be honest i guess as i am closing in on a surgery date i am reading posts i normally did not read and noticed what seems to me to be a lot of complications..i was beginning to doubt the surgery and the benefits ....however....common sense has prevailed...thousands of people undergo this surgery so i am sure there are many, many success stories or why would they continue doing it....i have soreness on right and left side constantly and am only avoiding a flare up because i am being so careful...even with that i think i am barely containing it...i too am 57 so as i age this surgery which i believe will be necessary one day or another will just get harder as it does more damage and i get older...by not having the surgery i am also putting myself at risk...my husband and i travel overseas,(had a really nasty bout on the way home once...held my breath and clutched the arm of the seat all the way home to ride out the pain when it came)..we also travel to the usa and love canadian wilderness camping....so......the colonscopy has proved i am "full" of diver so....what is my problem....its obvious...i need the surgery...
once again joy...thank you for taking the time to remind me of the common sense of the whole thing...we were planning a road trip from vanc to toronto in Sept but had to cancel because of this diver....so....off i go to the surgeon tomorrow.....lol..this young surgeon is supposed to be the "king of lap" in vancouver so i will be in good hands.....
Hi Deborah, hope all went well with your surgery and that your recovery is quick. It tool me quite a while to really feel better (months) so don't expect too much too soon :-) Take Care and let us know how you are doing? Joy
Joy

Fremont, CA

#47 Jul 26, 2009
Wendy wrote:
Hi just had a colon resection about a foot taken out 3 weeks ago. I am having alot of pain in my lower back and front lower left it is still very uncomfortable. It hurts when I poop although it's soft. I'm just curious how long this lasts is it normal and is there anything I can do to feel better? Thank God for the pain killers but i don't really want to have to use them for that much longer. I need to get back to work but the pain is to much for me to be working yet. Please let me know if my recovery seems normal to you guys I'm getting worried.
Hi Wendy, it took me quite a long time to really feel better. No back pain but a lot of pain in my lower abdomen for 3 - 4 weeks as I recall. Just be patient an don't worry about taking the pain killers for a little longer if you need them. As long as the bms are working (I had WAY too many) I am sure that you will feel better soon. If it is not improving, however, a visit to your doctor is probebly wise! Hope you feel better soon, Joy
deborah

Canada

#48 Jul 26, 2009
Joy wrote:
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Hi Deborah, hope all went well with your surgery and that your recovery is quick. It tool me quite a while to really feel better (months) so don't expect too much too soon :-) Take Care and let us know how you are doing? Joy
thanks joy....dont have a surgery date yet...the surgeon has decided after meeting with me that he wants to do a CT scan of my bowel before he will attempt the surgery...i think this is a good plan....anything to put it off is ok with me although i am getting sick of the constant discomfort and am starting to look forward to the surgery....

did you have a ctscan before your surgery...also...i have a lot of lower back pain lately...particularly on the right side...i always thought this was the sciatic nerve however i am beginning to think its the diver...
Wendy

Brooklyn, NY

#49 Jul 27, 2009
Thank you joy for your response.I called the Dr today he said that it is going to take time. To feel better as long as I have no fever and the pain doesn't get worse I should expect discomfort for awhile. He said the colon is still swollen and everything got moved around during the surgery he also said expect it to take six weeks to feel better. Not what I wanted to hear. Oh well I guess I will catch up on my reading. Thank you so much it's nice to talk to someone who has been there.

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#50 Jul 27, 2009
Good luck and God Bless you Wendy
Wendy

Stratford, CT

#51 Jul 27, 2009
Hey Greg
what's ur story? Have you had the surgery? If so are you glad you did? I'm having a real hard time not over doing it.
Joy

Fremont, CA

#52 Jul 28, 2009
deborah wrote:
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thanks joy....dont have a surgery date yet...the surgeon has decided after meeting with me that he wants to do a CT scan of my bowel before he will attempt the surgery...i think this is a good plan....anything to put it off is ok with me although i am getting sick of the constant discomfort and am starting to look forward to the surgery....
did you have a ctscan before your surgery...also...i have a lot of lower back pain lately...particularly on the right side...i always thought this was the sciatic nerve however i am beginning to think its the diver...
Hi Deborah, yes I had a cat scan about two months beforemy surgery during a bad flareup. They said I had a "pronounced thickening of the wall of the sigmoid colon with pericolic streaking". It is a pretty easy test and non-invasive. A very important piece of information to have before making any decisions! Take Care, Joy
Joy

Fremont, CA

#53 Jul 28, 2009
Wendy wrote:
Thank you joy for your response.I called the Dr today he said that it is going to take time. To feel better as long as I have no fever and the pain doesn't get worse I should expect discomfort for awhile. He said the colon is still swollen and everything got moved around during the surgery he also said expect it to take six weeks to feel better. Not what I wanted to hear. Oh well I guess I will catch up on my reading. Thank you so much it's nice to talk to someone who has been there.
It was not an easy recovery for me but I am so happy to have my life back now that I am completely healed :-) Just be patient and kind to yourself and get lots of rest to give your body the recovery time that it needs :-) Joy
Dave T

Mount Laurel, NJ

#54 Jul 28, 2009
I am now 8 months since me resection. I am working with my doctor about constipation issues. I was getting really sick from not going for 4 days or more. I am now taking a tablespoon of psyllium husk in a glass of water twice a day and a cap full of miralax twice a day. It seems to be working I am fine tuning now. I will more than likely needs this regiment the rest of my life. My doctor told me he even has a patient taking 6 cap fulls of miralax a day to stay regular.

Since: Jul 08

Durham, NC

#55 Jul 28, 2009
Joy wrote:
Hi R&R54, I am almost 5 months post colon resection and I would have to say that I still suffer with a lot of gas after certain foods.... but i am not entirely sure what causes it because it usually happens if I eat out. I think I have become lactose intolerant since my surgery so have switched to lactose free milk and less cheese. I also so have frequent bms, some days as many as 5 or 6 but not always! I can say that I have been gradually improving and able to eat a lot more fibre without having these problems so I think it is getting better for sure! I have heard some people say it takes a year or two to properly adjust so let's hope :-) Eiterh way this is immensely better than the diverticulitis! Joy
Hello, I'm 6 wks. post op today w/colon resection. Doing pretty good except for the last few days, I'm having many, many BM's. 5 or 6 most days since surgery but lately even many more than that. It is hard to go out & about with this concern. Does anyone know if this is normal w/this surgery? From all I read on this forum it is. My surgeron asst. said it could take up to a yr. for everything to get back normal. I feel awfully weak & tired out today but that's probably from all the bathroom trips!!
Also, I'm trying to add back food very slowly. Still kinda hard for me to eat like normal....still no salad, no red meat...sticking w/chicken/turkey, vegs.,mashed potatoes & yogart.
Anyone else experienced this? Thanks!! Brenda, NC
Wendy

Brooklyn, NY

#56 Jul 28, 2009
Hi there boy this forum really helps except for all the horror stories. I have another question....how much should I be pushing myself through the pain? I had my surgery July 15th I have lower left pain and pain in my lower back. I know they say walking is good and that I should be feeling stronger every day. I never had surgery before and don't know if I'm being a wuss. Maybe I need to just suck it up but I don't want to slow down my recovery by doing too much either.I also need to get back to work as soon as possible. I'm on unemployment right now I'm a single mom of two and it just isn't cutting it.
Wendy

Brooklyn, NY

#57 Jul 28, 2009
One more quick question......has anyone tried drinking alcohol? I would love a glass or two of red wine. It's been two weeks since my surgery. I forgot to ask the doctor about this. I have heard red wine has alot of healing qualities lol

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#58 Jul 28, 2009
Wendy I would not do nothing unless you talk to the doc first, the trama you would have to go through wont be worth it.

I had surgery 9yrs ago, took out a growth from birth to sharp of a bend in my colon, started a growth as big as a golf ball, they took out 12 inches of my colon, then I had a sharp pain from something they went back in 5 days later to make sure everything was ok with the surgery, they put a colostomy bag on me for 6 weeks, then sewed me back together and good till just this month, had some kind of a prob. I know what they are, had blockage and gas pains since I was 2 mos old. my Mom would cary me on her hip as I drooped over her arm to sleep, I cried so hard from the pain I got a stangulated hernia at 4 or 5 mos old, they did surgery then for the hernia,
So I know what blockage and gas pains are for sure, I started the great taste no pain way of eathing an I am so happy about this, no gas pains no problems just from eating the right foods with the right combinations, please google the site of great taste, mix and do the best you can with the food, you eat potatoes with meat its a problem right off. they will give you a 5 day plan for free. but that will give you a idea of how to eat certain foods with what to not cause gas, and the foods will digest and work with eachother well its better for you.
Im going for a conlostopy this fall sometime, two or 3 weeks ago is the first time a flare up and I had to get some antibiotics, Im good now, and the great taste no pain is so good for me. I hope you can get something to work for you. like eat the potatoes then 3 hours later eat yogurt, that is what its about.
God Bless
Joy

Fremont, CA

#59 Jul 29, 2009
Brenda- NC wrote:
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Hello, I'm 6 wks. post op today w/colon resection. Doing pretty good except for the last few days, I'm having many, many BM's. 5 or 6 most days since surgery but lately even many more than that. It is hard to go out & about with this concern. Does anyone know if this is normal w/this surgery? From all I read on this forum it is. My surgeron asst. said it could take up to a yr. for everything to get back normal. I feel awfully weak & tired out today but that's probably from all the bathroom trips!!
Also, I'm trying to add back food very slowly. Still kinda hard for me to eat like normal....still no salad, no red meat...sticking w/chicken/turkey, vegs.,mashed potatoes & yogart.
Anyone else experienced this? Thanks!! Brenda, NC
Hi Brenda, I am now 7 months post surgery and my bms are down to 2 or 3 per day and I have good control and no fear of being "caught short" lol. I am eating small meals and quite healthily but still occasionally have gas problems, particularly if I eat beans. I can however eat very high fibre, lots of fresh fruits and veggies and I have been totally free of diverticulitis! I am so happy to have my life back :-) Just be patient, it keeps getting better and better as the time passes :-) Joy
ruth

AOL

#60 Jul 29, 2009
i want to know and please someone respond does the loose stools ever stop after complete removal of the sigmoid colon? im 5 weeks post surgery and some days are good and some are bad is THERE ANY HOPE I WILL BE NORMAL AGAIN PLEASE REPOND!!!!!!!!

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#61 Jul 29, 2009
Ruth
I have not gone through what you went through, so I cant give you any info about my past surgery.

If you like beans, I cook pinto beans, very little gas, boil 30min nite before, let set all nite, rinse very good next am, dump on crock pot put water above the beans cook for about 5 or 6 hours, when your house smells real good pinto beanie, they should be done.

I have been eating the Great Taste no Pain way for about two weeks now and I have never felt better, lots more energy, no blockage/constipation, no gas pains, but im drinking alot more water now to. and eating alot better, I cant believe the change in my system, my metabolism, digestion everything is so much better....

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