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   Posted 3/22/2010 4:58 PM (GMT -6)   
So where do I begin?  I've been sick ever since I can remember.  I was on my 5th GI when I found out that I have Crohn's Disease.  I've been on Humira injections & methotrexate for about two months now.  Things are improved but no where near perfect.  The Dr. is talking about doing a resection.  My partial obstruction and inflammation is in my illeum.  Just curious if anyone can tell me about what to expect with a resection?  Also, the Humira pen is not pain free.  I've used ice packs and I let the medication get to room temperature and it doesn't get any easier so any tips on how to make it less painful? 

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   Posted 3/22/2010 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Search the site, and you'll get a lot of info about what to expect with surgery. Valerie and Aimee among others have had surgery recently so you can look for their names and I'm sure pick up a bunch of info!!

I don't ice my belly before injections. I do let the pen get to room temp, but the thing I do differently is I ice immediately after injecting. It helps me. I also take a big breath in right before injecting and let it out slowly while the med goes in. Other than that, I think you get used to the shots after a while. I've been on them for a couple years and I don't think much of them anymore. When I started them, I just reminded myself that 10 seconds of a shot was nothing compared to surgery pain, waiting in an ER in pain, etc. I hope they get better for you!

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, Coumadin

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   Posted 3/22/2010 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to Healing Well, rebecca1987! Glad you found us but am sorry that you are having problems. I haven't had surgery myself so I can't help you with that part.

Where are you injecting your Humira? I found it didn't hurt at all if I injected it into my abdomen. It hurt if I injected into my thigh.

I'm sure some of our surgery pros will be along to help you with that part soon.
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   Posted 3/22/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. I had a narrow section which cause numerous blockages. Then in 2007 once of the blockages got so bad that my intestine perforated and I had to get an emergency ileostomy. I had it for 8 months and then they reconnected me and all has been fine ever since. I can honestly say that if I knew then what I know now I would have gladly gotten the resection by choice earlier as to avoid the ileostomy. Not having the narrow section has taken away any pain from blockages and I am able to eat things I haven't been able to eat in years. That being said - I know that I will never be out of the woods, as I do still get inflamed from time to time and there is always the chance that my intestines will become narrow again, but I am still glad I did it.

It will really depend on your situation and how much pain you're currently in. If they don't have to remove TOO much of your intestines during the resection, then you're bowel should still work fairly well afterwards. The surgery can have a bit of a recovery time, but if you're healthy otherwise and it good physical condition going into it, it will be much easier.


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   Posted 3/22/2010 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi. Sorry you're not well. I've had a 10" resection because of obstruction too.

3-7 days in hospital is normal. No eating for at least 2 days, then slowly introduce foods. First 48 hours is hard and painful unless you have good strong pain medication. I had epidural type med and I felt almost nothing! It was great.

After 48 hours of strong pain med, tylenol 3 should do the trick. The pain can be searing and burning only when when getting in and out of bed. The first day or two, get out of bed slowly and with the aid of a bar or someone's arm for support.

No lifting anything more than 10lbs for 6 weeks.
No driving for at least 2 weeks.
If you have kids, get help at home! Hire someone, get a church member, but get help. I had my mother in law bring my baby to day care and my hubby picked him up after work and took complete care of him. I couldn't even lift him.

The first week will be hard to walk around, but walking a little aids in healing so it is recommended. At home, don't go crazy all the yummy food, be gentle on your tummy. Have chamomile with org. honey or green tea. Eat soft natural foods that are easy to digest.

After 2 weeks, the tummy starts to get much better faster, but you still should not do any lifting or exercise except for walking.

By three weeks you feel much much better, close to normal, but the tummy will be a little tender for another couple of weeks. Take it easy until the full 6 weeks. You should see a doc at 6 weeks and be back to work, if you work.

FYI: I was sick with new crohn's disease in my terminal ileum within a few weeks of my surgery. This doesn't happen to everyone. My aunt had surgery about 15 years ago and hasn't been sick since.

If you have surgery, I wish you a long and happy remission! And remember to eat your veggies. :-)

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   Posted 3/22/2010 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
hi rebecca how r u today??

i have had a resection 2 years ago due to my intestines becoming to inflamed and about to block up. the operation sounds scary but to tell u the truth it was the best thing ive ever done. they cut out 30cm and i have a 5cm scar along my bellybutton. i got off morfine the next day after the operation and was out in 5 days. it was a little hard to walk and laughing just killed but its worth it :) get heaps of bed rest after it and stay on ur meds even if u feel well cause that was a mistake i did. i stayed off my meds and got sick 6months later and got a ear full from my specialist haha :). just take it easy dnt be scared this is a great step.

keep me posted on how u go

god bless and keep strong

21yrs old have had crohns disease since 2003
previous meds include pentasa imuran prednisone budesinide remicade and plenty more that havent worked :)
currently on humira 20mg every 2weeks
1 operation to date removed 30cm of bowel and 1 fistula
trying to get pregnant (fingers crossed) :)))

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   Posted 3/22/2010 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
hey, I've had 2 resections, one emergency and one elective to avoid blockage, I've had 9ft of small bowel removed, both my resections put me into remission for years but it comes back, my surgeries were very evasive and i needed a ng tube everytime, and it really is uncomfortable but very much needed to rest you small bowel after surgery, mine was in for anywhere from 4 days to a week. other folks on this forum might not have had one but it certainly helped heal quiker

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   Posted 3/22/2010 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried the Humira syringes? I thought the pen was awful - with the syringe, you can control the speed of the medication and if you inject slowly, you can often feel nothing. The medication itself burns and the pen just shoots it in there so fast it hurts quite a bit. I never iced the area.

I had a double resection, moreless, about 6 weeks ago. You can probably search and find my post about it. Mine ended up more complicated than thought, which is always a risk, but it's a good thing we did the surgery as the damage I had wasn't shown on any tests I had done. I had a big mass along with a perforated terminal ileum and hole in my colon, plus a major fistula. And the mass was stuck to my appendix.

I was in for 8 days. I didn't move from the bed for 2 days. Walking/getting up/etc was not pleasant for a couple of weeks. I was eating at about day 7. I'm honestly not far enough out from the surgery to think it was a best decision ever. It was really hard and painful. Mine did end up being partially open due to the mass and he did two resections. I think in time I will think it was the best decision I've made for myself because I am pain free right now and yes, I can eat anything I want (salads, veggies, popcorn, nuts, etc). I always have this lurking fear that I'll be back at that awful point in less than a year since surgery is not a cure. I also know that with the performated bowel, I was an accident waiting to happen.

I'll admit it's nice to not pop Vicodin multiple times a day. My hemoglobin seems to be going up on it's own which is nice for a change. My energy levels are always going up. I'm happier when I'm not fighting constant pain.
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