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aronk
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   Posted 6/24/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again.  I had my ileocolectomy last Thursday, so this is day 6.  I came home 2 days ago.  Everything has gone really, really well.  Once, I got the NG tube out they started clear liquids and I had BM almost immediately.  Stools were still coming fast and steady (diarrhea after eating) until yesterday when things slowed WAY down.  I've still had BM's, but it's definitely slower moving.  My large incision (lap assisted procedure) looks great, but I have a "pulling" sensation on my right side (on the incision) and then a pulling feeling in my lower back.  I'm sure this is all VERY normal stuff post-surgery, but I just want reassurance that I haven't over-did anything.  I'm being really good, but I don't feel all that bad and I'm restless.  It's super hard for me to just sit still.  I've done light duties, I.E., getting my daughters a glass of milk and breakfast and folding a few pieces of laundry.  Nothing too strenuous at all.  So, what it's been like for all of you post-surgery?  Any similarities to what I'm reporting?? 
 
A very paranoid me!!  -Angela

Bammer
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   Posted 6/24/2009 10:03 PM (GMT -7)   

I know where you are coming from. I would think after only 6 days, a pulling sensation where the incision is could be normal. Plus when you think of what they did, there's bound to be some things still going on and healing.

For me I have a 'feeling' on my left side sometimes and wonder if I overdid something? It's been six weeks since my surgery. I had a similar feeling before surgery which I referred to as a kink or thought maybe things were backed up at the stricture. But now it's been removed? Will have to monitor it more closely and see if it coincides with what I am eating? My incisions are on the right side.

Never did have diarrhea before or even right after surgery so can't comment on that but size and amount of stools still vary from day to day. I think diet plays a big part in that.

Good luck with your recovery. Sounds like you are doing fine.


57 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Lap assisted sigmoidoscopy done May 11/2009


Wolfie40
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   Posted 6/25/2009 4:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I would get paranoid by every little twinge or kink, but I think it is the body healing itself.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Precription Folic Acid, Multivitamin, 1000mg Calcium, Vitamin D, Probiotics,  Monthly B-12 injections.

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Hunter & Hailey.
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Nanners
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   Posted 6/25/2009 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
You have to remember they moved all your guts around and cut them, then sewed them back together. Your intestines have had a shock. You will feel alot of strange little things as everything heals, its pretty normal.

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Gail *Nanners*
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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, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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aronk
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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/25/2009 6:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks you guys! I appreciate the reassurance. Just don't want to mess anything up in there, but at the same time I really feel like doing more. My flower beds need to be weeded and I can't decide if I could do some "light" weeding or if that's probably not a good idea just yet. I know I can't lift anything over 10 pounds for awhile, but a little pulling and tugging on some weeds shoudn't be too bad. Just trying to figure out all of my limitations.

Nanners
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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 6/25/2009 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I personally think you need to take it a little easier for a bit. You may be feeling better, but things still have some healing to do. Don't rush it too quickly, or you could set yourself back. I am glad you are feeling so much better though.

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Gail *Nanners*
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and 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, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*
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