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Wolfie40
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   Posted 2/25/2009 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
How long does it take until your bowels get back to normal?
I'm one week post-op from an Ileocecectomy and am having 4 bm's that are all "D"
I just want to be normal again!

Nanners
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   Posted 2/25/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
It usually takes about a month or so for everything to adjust to the changes. Four times a day really is not that bad one week out. Be patient things will get better soon.

Good luck!
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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Irishmom4
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   Posted 2/26/2009 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
It took me about 3 to 4 weeks. I hpe you feel better soom.

Elizabeth
dx'd with Crohns 1984, I was in remission for 12 years
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now weaning off  Predisone after another flare. Started taking my Asacol again.


Wolfie40
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   Posted 2/26/2009 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I have another question.
Should I be bending over? You know to put my socks on or pick something up off the floor. I feel a little tugging in my tummy but otherwise I have no pain. I don't know if that is over doing it or not. I don't want to be a sissy,just want to be able to move along with life. How much is to much?
Also, my doctor said to wait until Saturday until I can finally take the bandage off by my bellybutton. It is a waterproof bandage and I have yet to see what is under it. Just curious for waiting so long?

Thank you!

Nanners
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   Posted 2/26/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Do what you are comfortable with. I don't think bending will really be harmful to you. Why leave the bandage on for that time period? To be honest I don't have an answer for you on that one. But I would think its better safe than sorry.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

elexis
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   Posted 2/26/2009 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
What area did u have surgery on? I Had my Ileum taken out and will always have the BIG D...I have to take meds to lessen it.
Dx w/ Crohn's Disease May 2000
Medication: Imuran 150 Mg, Asacol 400MG
Dx w/ Hypothyroid 2001
Medication: Levoxyl 88MCG
Small Bowel Resection November 2008


Wolfie40
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   Posted 2/26/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my ileum removed.

Nanners
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   Posted 2/26/2009 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Wolfie some folks will have continuous D after a TI resection and some not. I have had two resections and do not suffer with D, but most times with C.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

elexis
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   Posted 2/26/2009 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Did the surgeon tell you, u would have Diarrhea? I was told it would happen but some people don't have it as bad as others, unfortunately I have to take meds to lessen it.
Dx w/ Crohn's Disease May 2000
Medication: Imuran 150 Mg, Asacol 400MG
Dx w/ Hypothyroid 2001
Medication: Levoxyl 88MCG
Small Bowel Resection November 2008


Wolfie40
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   Posted 2/26/2009 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I was told it should go away, but sometimes you have to live with it.50/50 chance.

spiceman
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   Posted 2/26/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wolfie. Glad to hear your doing fine after your resection. Hopefully the diarrhea should slow down for you soon.
 
I'm doing fine after my operation, I still have diarrhea roughly 4 times per day but i do have control for when I want to go. Saw my surgeon a couple of days ago and he said its quite possible it may improve but if not its fairly common the diarrhea will remain, he said I could take some medication to make things firmer but if its not causing me any problems I could just stay having loose stools. Other than that I think I'm doing Ok , slightly bloated at times but I hope it will improve with time, after all its only been 4 weeks.
 
At the moment I'm driving and walking around fine, eating anything I want without any pain which is a great feeling. I plan to go back to work in 4 weeks time.
 
Take it easy Wolfie40 and I hope you continue to improve.
5mg Pred tappering over a 5 week period.
 
Resection 28th Jan 2008


Dagger
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   Posted 2/26/2009 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an ileocecectomy a few years ago to remove a tumor. It took about 6 months to go back to normal. Normal for me is occasional C. I had D pretty constantly for about 6-8 weeks and then I slowly improved.

Bending over to tie your shoes should be fine. It's best to move around as much as you can comfortably tolerate. Follow your docs directions about lifting, don't even come close to whatever weight limit they gave you. I ended up with a hernia and the repair surgery was 100 times worse than the ileocectomy.

I remember having to keep the belly button tape on for a long time.

Did your surgeon talk to you about vitamin absorption? I consulted with 4 surgeons before my surgery and 2 said I would need to supplement with A,D,K,and E and the other two said not to worry about it. I've also gotten conflicting advice from the two GI's I've seen.

annyb
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   Posted 2/26/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an ileocecal resection at age 19. Apparently, there is a valve at the joining of the small and large intestines that help control the "flow." Without that valve, things move faster. Personally, I have had D for the last 20 years. I have some other issues so taking meds to slow it down will not work. But its better than being stopped up. My muscles have learned to control the flow.

As for bending, I would do whatever you feel comfortable with. Definitely no backbends or cartwheels but putting on socks should not be too bad. From my understanding, the more you move the better you will be.

When the bandages do come off...don't freak out. Scars heal and fad and being healthy is the important part.

Glad to hear you are on the mend. Good Luck.
Crohn's Disease
Diagnosed at age 9 in 1980
1st ileosecal resection 1989
2nd colon resection 1993
Chronic "D" and arthritis
Chronic rectal stricture with colonoscopy every 3 months to dialate
Insomnia since 1980 - I love my ambien!
 
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gachrons
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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wolfie I got better with the D after awhile and then I got on banana's that helped me solid up .Don't rush it too much it takes time to get things in there healed and maybe D is better for now ,are you on any meds ? I was on 30 mgs of pred. amd weaned off them ... Socks I just sit and put them on .Hope everything is healing good with your incision. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


Wolfie40
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   Posted 2/26/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -7)   
gachrons, I'm on10mg of Pred. at the moment Doc said to start vitamins and Asacol in about a week. I'm to taper Pred to 5mg next week.
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