Thanks for the suggestion--Dr. and I have not yet discussed dosage since he first wants another colonoscopy to ensure first that I haven't relapsed since resection last July. It was presented as the 'next step,' once we determine that I'm still in remission. I think we both know that I am still in remission, but that's fine to cover the bases.
If anyone has any clue about dosing with tincture of opium, my ears are open.
I'm so sorry to hear that the pain pump isn't working. It must be hell. I can't believe how differently people respond to the same treatments/procedures. Would that modern medicine could recognize this, and that even HMO doctors could treat us as the individuals we are...
thanks for the tip on the opium. I believe the opium is liquid so that it is fast-acting--hopefully faster-acting than the problem! Doc used to talk about the body adapting to the missing parts after surgery, and my body did adapt until this last one. This year has brought not much change for this shorter bowel.
So far I'm getting the impression that while some object to the taste of the liquid opium, the stuff does work...am waiting to hear back from a couple of physician's assistants in the family on that and some other issues. Will report here in case anyone is interested. Have a peaceful night.
Again, thanks for the wealth of tips!
Nanners, I'm glad to see that probiotics work for you. I've taken them for years, but unfortunately, they don't address this particular issue.
Moodindigo, I'm glad the cholestyramine works for you. Some months after the surgery, the cleansing action actually increased the D, but you do make a point about trying again now, a year later, and doing only a teaspoon dose. Speaking of thought in previous centuries, I always thought I was a more melancholic character than a bilious, but what can you do
Ouchbelly, it looks like we are on the same oceanliner. I'm a big fan of Bob's Red Mill products anyway, so I'll try that after giving Moodindigo's a bit of time. I tend to go way too gassy with such purposeful fiber intake, but we'll see. I'd love things to both calm and solidify again--have forgotten what that kind of trip to the restroom is like.
Michael, Welchol sounds like cholestyramine in a pill form. I'm going to ask my doctor about all of these suggestions, of course.
Thanks again, everyone! It is great to make tracks on the problem, and I will report back on anything I'm looking into. Have a peaceful late-summer day.