Bowel Re-section: did you guys find it had instant results?

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princessjo
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   Posted 11/24/2008 11:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

Long time no share, I know!

To catch you all up, I ended up going in for a bowel re-section after having a few partial bowel blockages and my doctor decided that it was time to remove a few bits and pieces.

i didn't have mine laproscopically as the doctor wanted to have a bit of a look and find out how spread it was... Well I ended up having 12 inches out (a large proportion from my small intestine, as well as the join between my sm/lge intestine and a few inches on my large intestine side).

My main question is: did you guys feel instantly better after the surgery? Cause I know I did: it was like a switch had flicked and the pain was completely gone! Wow!

I am still having diarrhea but: quite the opposite to what I used to have!! Icky! But if thats all I have from now on, I am quite happy! tongue

Love
Jo
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.  ~Erich Fromm
 
discussing Crohn's Disease, infertility, fostering, fundamentalists, my family, and my babies with fur :)!


gachrons
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   Posted 11/25/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jo So glad that you are feeling better now and your right it was almost instant the results. I had about 10" removed with mine just be careful not to lift as I got a hernia so just be cautious. Thanks for dropping in with an update. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


Joie1
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   Posted 11/25/2008 4:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, when I recovered from the pain of the third surgery I've had (where they removed 8 inches and did something to my colon) I felt better. I didn't know then I had this disease so I felt better than I had in about a year (I'd been sick a long time before they even did exploratory surgery). I wasn't on maintenance drugs or knew about the Crohns...plus they'd looked and told me a few times that I didn't have it. I felt great for a long time; five years. I would occasionally seem to have the worst heartburn ever and when I had to D, as we all know, it was something I had to do right away or have accidents and I had some minor ones in those five years. Also had a few when I thought I was passing gas. But back then, I felt that they'd removed the problem and I would never have to deal with any intestine issues ever again. Silly me. :-P

I'm so glad you're doing better. You might try some new foods here and there that you couldn't before. Something about the removal of the diseased tissue can make it easier to eat some foods again and harder for others so you'll probably want to start a post-surgery food diary.
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Currently trying to figure out hip and knee joint pain.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
Dx'd: February 2007.
Pentasa (and much mental screaming)


randynoguts
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   Posted 11/25/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
thats great PJ.. yes i always had the instant relief of pain, for as long as it lasted between times anyway.. glad you checked in and let us know your feeling better.
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SydneyJo
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   Posted 11/25/2008 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, the pain went away but not the D. Make sure you rest up and I hope this is the beginning of a long remission for you.
Jo

Roni
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   Posted 11/26/2008 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Within 6 weeks after my resection, I had new crohn's and pain came with it. I kept calling the surgeon and went to a walk-in and had an ultra sound to check for infection or something, but it was soon discovered that it was crohn's. So for me, I had pretty much no relief from surgery except the obstructions I was having. And then I ended up having obstructions over the next year anyway.

I hope if I have another surgery one day, I actually get some real relief from this DD. A few years of remission would be nice.

dunny2
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   Posted 11/26/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hopefully things will stay like this for you, I'm sorry to say it doesn't always happen like this...

So go ahead enjoy !!!!
Vicky

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.
Fibromyalgia and recently diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis and lupus.
B12 Shots bi-weekly

Laughter is the brush that sweeps the cobwebs from our hearts...


MTLGUY40
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   Posted 11/26/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I remember both my surgeries. They did have some success but the illness did come back.

princessjo
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   Posted 11/27/2008 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

Everything has been going really so far...just the D has been annoying me, but I figure it's because everything is still settling down in there!

Am still on Pentasa: and probably will be for the rest of my life: but there is not much I can do about that!

I have never had a really strict diet...I tend to have a bit of a reaction to lactose, so I try to avoid it, but I am not paranoid about! If I feel like a thin milkshake with plenty of lactose ;) , I am going to have it! Probably the wrong attitude to have towards this disease, but hey, it makes me happy!!

Jo
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.  ~Erich Fromm
 
discussing Crohn's Disease, infertility, fostering, fundamentalists, my family, and my babies with fur :)!


ozonehole
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   Posted 11/29/2008 4:47 AM (GMT -7)   
princessjo said...

I have never had a really strict diet...I tend to have a bit of a reaction to lactose, so I try to avoid it, but I am not paranoid about! If I feel like a thin milkshake with plenty of lactose ;) , I am going to have it! Probably the wrong attitude to have towards this disease, but hey, it makes me happy!!
Jo


Make your milkshakes with lactose-free milk or soy milk, and you'll be OK.

regards,
Robert
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections

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