Resection last Tuesday - still in the hospital

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tall girl
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   Posted 6/25/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,
 I had a left side ilectomy on Tuesday. I had my cath removed last night arounf 7pm and started on clear liquids. I have been on water and juice for a little over 24 hours and have not passed gas yet. My stomach is so tight from the gas. It hurts my inssions. I am being watched to be sure I am tollerating clear liquids but at this point  I need to know how long it usually takes to let out some gas. Also, any suggestions on how to help this along. Thanks
25/ Female DXed Crohn's 1/09
Many diet restictions

Entecort, Tramadol (for pain), Kapadex, Fish Oil, Probiotics, Cipro and Flagyl for an abcess

just stopped Pentasa after 1 month

Having a resection in 3 weeks

Still confused and sometimes angry/frustrated

However I am learning to laugh at all this more often

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   Posted 6/25/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   

As they all probably have told you, walk, walk and keep walking as much as possible.

Can't remember exactly but I had surgery on a Monday and didn't have a bowel movement until Friday but was passing gas before that. Didn't have discomfort with it.

Hope it happens soon for you.
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

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   Posted 6/25/2009 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree, walk, walk, walk. I know it's painful but it really helps. It took me a week but I had complications with my pain meds and wasn't able to walk for 5 days.
Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
I love my life and everyday I pray that my body cooporates and allows me to do what I have planned.

ski bum
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   Posted 6/25/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I read an article that chewing gum post-operatively gets the bowels moving. I walked and chewed gum. I don't know if it was a good idea to be in a hurry to have pass gas and have a BM, b/c once I started, I couldn't stop! I think it took a few days. Good luck!
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. Back on Pentasa as maintenance.

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   Posted 6/25/2009 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Good luck!
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   Posted 6/25/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Grab that pillow, hug it to your belly and walk, Walk, WALK - and W-A-L-K some more.
I don't know if you had open abdomen or laparoscopy but if you can get on your knees and elbows w/your butt in the air for a minute or two; then lay on one side, lower leg extended, upper leg curled; then switch sides and do the same.

Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 6/25/2009 9:24:32 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/26/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -6)   
The key is to keep walking. It took me 3 days to have a BM, I did not have any gas.
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.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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   Posted 6/26/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree 100% with all of the above, it is very important to walk. That will help get things moving thru you again and help your bowels to wake up. Sending healing prayers your way.

Big Hugs
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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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   Posted 6/26/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   
H glad everything went well as for the gas you could try drinking peppermint cordial in a small amount of water or suck on some mints as well as walking hope it soon goes Bev x

Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stNo maintance drugs as such on B12 shots,iron syrup,loperimide, 
was on 20mg EScitaliopram.changed to Sertraline 50mg

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   Posted 6/26/2009 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Walking is the KEY! Plus stay away from too much pain meds....That will SLOW everything down... I remember going in on a Monday and having a bowel movement on thursday..Went home Friday! I got up and walked all over the hospital....Just so I could get into my own bed! Good Luck w/ everything!
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

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   Posted 6/29/2009 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   

Sorry you are so uncomfy.  I passed gas the next day but I was also up and walking the next day.   I walked all over the place and had my first BM on day 2.  I visited other patients.  I also sat up in my bed and didn't lie down all the time.

Also lying on my left side helped.

I hope you can get things going soon!

28 years with Crohns in the term ileum.  Feb 07 Resection.  Apriso, Align and possibly going back to Entocort.  Currently pregnant!

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