Colon Resection

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tiaeight
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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 8/23/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone.  As most of you know, I had 8 inches of my colon removed 4 weeks ago.  I still have bad diarrea and today my stomach has been hurting like it never has before.  Not the pain level, but the way that it feels.  I have picked up a cough and double over and hold my stomach but it aches constantly.  Is there a chance that it perforated?  Or is this normal?
 
Thanks!!

medchrt1
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 8/23/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
there is a likely a webbing / sutures below the skin which will dissolve. you suggest this pain has been progressive however. The distance between the large intestine and stomach it is unlikely the surgeon has perforated it. I have had staples as well as glue as high as just below the notch below ribs in the middle of body. There is feeling after surgery that your insides have been moved. It is unlikely the cough will perforate the stomach but may have jarred your sutures or glue either inside or outside. Your insides need time to find their position. You suggest it is your stomach..is it possible it is your colon..such as the transverse area which is higher(closer to stomach) than sigmoid colon or ascending, but you didnt specify the colon location, nevertheless, I also doubt your colon is perforated, but absolutely do tell your surgeon. Short answer is I think you have gas. Get a good night sleep if you can. Lay down to permit your gut to adjust position might be helpful, even elevate your feet. and rehydrate. even eat something to push the gas through. I hopes this helps.

tiaeight
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 237
   Posted 8/26/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor told me today that it is due to a recto/vaginal fistula. He has me scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. Thank you medchrt1 for your advice. BB Next week!
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