Just got home today! Had a rough time.

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potty pooper
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   Posted 5/4/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
Well, my gallbladder/bowel resection is finally behind me.  I was in the hospital one day short of two weeks.
The surgeon removed 10 inches of my terminal ileum, as well as my gallbladder.  Didn't expect the pain to be as bad, or last as long.  My previous surgeries seemed to be much easier to handle. 
Well, hopefully, the worst  is over. Still having the big D.  It's been 18 years since my last surgery so I don't remember much.  Those of you who've had resections - how long did the D last?  GI's gonna put me on colestid to see if that helps.
Well, my hope now is that I can stay in remission for a long, long time.  Once my bowels heal I will be able to eat foods that I haven't had in many years.  Will continue on pentasa and remicaid and hope for the best.
So relieved that this nightmare is over.  Looking foward to enjoying the nice spring weather, planting my garden, and visiting my daughters and granddaughters who live out of town. (One in Ariz, one in Fla)
Thank you all for all your kind wishes and support.  You are the best!!
Hope everyone is doing well.

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   Posted 5/4/2008 11:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to see you are home. Hope all of the bad stuff is over.
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   Posted 5/4/2008 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
O lordy I had the same surgery in December, but I had my gallbladder out when I was six...so kinda the same. For me the diarriah lasted for a few months until it finally subsided and got less intese (smell....yuck sorry) and frequency. I was also put on Colestid twice a day and I hate that stuff with a passion. It tastes horrible. It didnt do much of anythign for me so my GI took me off of it. You may also be having diarriah with some more foods for a bit because you dont have a gallbladder to break down fats hence diarriah. Atleast it outs though...and since having mine out over 15 years ago it does get better. Best of luck and feel better soon!
Diagnosed: 2003, age 18 (had issues with it since I was 12)
Meds for crohns: Remicade every 6 weeks, 6-mp, Nexium (GERD)
Other medical issues: Hereditary Spherocytosis (hemolytic anemia) iron deficient anemia, polyarthralgia, ovarian cysts, Migraines, GERD
Surgeries: Spleen, Gallbladder, Tonsils, Adenoids, foot of terminal Ileum, Appendix, Ileocecal valve, bit of colon

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   Posted 5/4/2008 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm so sorry you've been in a lot of pain with this surgery. Hopefully it will help you out and you'll be feeling better in no time!
30 years old~ Diagnosed in 2000 with Crohn's~ Currently taking 3000 mg Pentasa, Prednisone, and Bentyl.

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   Posted 5/5/2008 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, PottyPooper, TWO WEEKS??!! I'm sorry you are having such a rough time of it this surgery. Did you run into complications?
They are telling me just 7 days for a resection and removal of both ovaries.
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   Posted 5/5/2008 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Potty pooper, I'm so glad to see you back. I was worried about you! My surgery was the day after yours. I still have my gall bladder, but ~10 inches of my TI were removed as well as a couple inches of my colon. I'm still having D and at times, severe rectal pain along with it. That's improving somewhat since I've been on Imodium and Fibercon. I don't want to stay on Imodium much longer and plan to call my doctor to ask about taking Questran.

Almost 2 weeks in the hospital? You must be exhausted. Rest and heal and keep us informed of your progress. Cheers. SB
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08.

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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear from you.
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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I am also glad you home. I hope you have a good recovery.
Hi, I am teddybearweiser, I am a male.
I was diagnosed with crohns disease when i was admitted to the hospital

in 1992, in Jan of 1993 I was back in the hospital for surgery for my crohns. I had part of my right colon resectioned with ilecolonstomy.

My GI doctor has me on Asacol, Dicyclomine,Imuran,Celebrex and Remicade. B-12 injection once a month.
Also diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis

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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh I am sorry to hear you are having such troubles!! I know of someone who recently had her gallbladder out. Before hand, she was having a lot of D and pain. Her Docs told her six weeks if she was a good girl and eat right, and it did take nearly that long for the D to gradually subside. She called me all excited when she had her first formed stool. She said no one else would understand how joyous that was!! She said this whole episode gave her great respect for those of you who suffer from chronic D.

Take care of yourself, and stay away from fatty food for a couple more weeks!! It will get better and better!! Look forward for sitting out in your beautiful garden relaxing and enjoying the summer air!

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   Posted 5/5/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had my gallbladder out and two resections. I am sorry you had such a rough time. I was generally in the hospital each time for about 10 days myself. I got infections in my incisions each time. As for the D give it about 6 weeks or so to calm down. Your bowels have to wake up and begin working right again. Glad you are home and now on the road to recovery.

God Bless,
Gail *Nanners*
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Potty Hope you just keep improving and it is great to hear from you. lol gail

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   Posted 5/5/2008 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
((((((((( Potty Pooper ))))))))

So sorry you are having such a rough time. If I remember right, you had the big surgery for your gall bladder . . . that IS wicked. I hope you are feeling better soon!!


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potty pooper
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   Posted 5/6/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone. Your kind words are very comforting.
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