surgery for constipation or not

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smarty
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   Posted 9/26/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I have severe constipation, 5 months only have a few times, I have afraid the bad consequence severe diahera after removal of the entire colon, anyone can write me experience I would be very appreciated.l

Thank you thank you thank you.

pb4
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   Posted 9/27/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Surgery wouldn't necessarily be the fix-all you might think, with surgery comes other issues, many people have to go frequently after getting an ostomy done (emptying their bag), so don't take it lightly and definitely get all the details from a surgeon.

Good luck :)
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smarty
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   Posted 9/27/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4 said...
Surgery wouldn't necessarily be the fix-all you might think, with surgery comes other issues, many people have to go frequently after getting an ostomy done (emptying their bag), so don't take it lightly and definitely get all the details from a surgeon.

Good luck :)


pb4

I don't know what to do, the constipation affect my mood, I cannot concentrate to work and look after my kid, I feel very suffer, but I heard someone diaherra 28 times/day and want suicide. I really scared. but the poop stay inside for too long it is not so good. Please write me something, I need support. I now living in calgary with my son. I want to come back Hong Kong to do surgery, but my relatives strongly resist, said too dangerous and severe diaherra. I need someone to talk to, I am very depressed. Thank you for your listening !

best regards
smarty

Mitzo
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   Posted 9/27/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Smarty, my advice is do not have surgery just to stop constipation. Doctors only do that surgery to remove your bowel if it is hopelessly inflamed and will not get better with medicines. I really really think you must go to a doctor and be clear about your problem. There are medicines and things that can help you, removing your colon is too extreme.
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.
 
Currently off all meds and probiotics. Using grapefruit seed extract, iron supplement, calcium, L-glutamine and psyllium seed powder with good effect.

 


Mitzo
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   Posted 9/27/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried psyllium/metamucil?
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.
 
Currently off all meds and probiotics. Using grapefruit seed extract, iron supplement, calcium, L-glutamine and psyllium seed powder with good effect.

 


susieq610212001
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   Posted 9/28/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I had terrible bouts of constipation for about two months or so.  My family doctor had me drink the stuff that they give you before you have a colonoscopy done twice.  That only helped for a while and then I was right back to the way it was.  I was finally referred to a gastro doctor who done a colonoscopy and discovered that I had ibs.  I take miralax every morning and that has helped alot.  It keeps your bowels functioning like they should.  I don't know if this will help you or not.  Go see a gastro doctor and have them do some tests to be certain.  Good luck.  I wouldn't go with the surgery, make an appointment with a gastro doc.

smarty
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   Posted 9/28/2009 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Mitzo said...
Smarty, my advice is do not have surgery just to stop constipation. Doctors only do that surgery to remove your bowel if it is hopelessly inflamed and will not get better with medicines. I really really think you must go to a doctor and be clear about your problem. There are medicines and things that can help you, removing your colon is too extreme.


Mitzo
Thanks for your comment. I really serious constipate, I don't know what to do, because I saw doctor before, they still do nothing for me. thanks !

smarty
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   Posted 9/28/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
susieq610212001 said...
I had terrible bouts of constipation for about two months or so. My family doctor had me drink the stuff that they give you before you have a colonoscopy done twice. That only helped for a while and then I was right back to the way it was. I was finally referred to a gastro doctor who done a colonoscopy and discovered that I had ibs. I take miralax every morning and that has helped alot. It keeps your bowels functioning like they should. I don't know if this will help you or not. Go see a gastro doctor and have them do some tests to be certain. Good luck. I wouldn't go with the surgery, make an appointment with a gastro doc.


susie

i have tried mumerous laxatives before, siill not work, even the laxatives for coloscopy, anyway I will try miralax. Thanks very much for your writing

pb4
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   Posted 9/28/2009 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
For some quick relief you can do an enema (phospho fleet enema) but don't make a habit of it because it could make things even worse....do you drink lots of water everyday? eating and/or drinking prune (juice) daily can help keep things moving along in your bowels too.


:)
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
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MisterErl1979
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   Posted 10/4/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Surgery for constipation is a bad idea unless your colon has totally stopped working. As for diarrhea after surgery, maybe I missed something but if they removed your entire colon wouldn't you be wearing a bag for the rest of your life? One more thing to think about is that IBS can change over time. One day out of the blue you might become regular or have diarrhea. If you have surgery then your outcome will be permanent with no options, no change, no undo for life.

spasman
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   Posted 10/5/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   

I think you would have better chance to get treatment in HonKong.

Honkong must have big G.I. medical centers.

I'm just saying.


-IBS induced by NSAID
-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-
 


finallyfree
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   Posted 10/5/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I usually post on the ostomies site but something here caught my eye and I'm glad I stopped to read the posts.  I have had surgery for severe constipation and yes I tried many meds-3 capfuls of miralax, 3 tablespoons of lactulose and 2 tablets of amitiza every day.  This worked for a few months by producing 1 to 2 small bms a wk but after about 6 mos only produced pellet bms once every 2 wks.  It was then that my GI dr recommended the colectomy surgery, I had never heard of it.  Before I had my surgery I went through extensive testing which showed how my colon had dropped and was stretched and restricted in many areas.  Prior to all of this testing I too was diagnosed as having IBS with severe constipation because I was scheduled for a colonoscopy and the prep I had taken did not go through my system for 10 days.  So like many of you, I tried a different diet, meds, exercise, water, holistic therapy, you name, I tried it; but in the end the only thing that changed my life was surgery.  I'm not saying surgery is for everyone but sometimes it IS the answer for some. 
 
I had an open surgery and was only in the hospital for 5 days.  Yes, I did have many bms in the beginning (20 a day)  but by 6 wks, I was having 8-10 a day and went back to work full-time teaching.  Not once did I ever lose control of my bowels and it has been the BEST decision I have ever made!  It's now been a little over a year and I haven't had any problems except that I do need to follow a low residue diet; but I had to follow a wheat free one before the surgery so I have always had food intolerances. Yes, some people do have complications from this surgery but not everyone does; and no you don't have to have a bag if you have your whole colon removed, they just attach your small intestines to your rectum and your small intestines learns to take over.
 
So, if you are truly suffering from constipation and have exhausted all treatments, seek a GI dr who can help you and provide you with other options because you deserve to feel better and HEALTHY!!!!!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Judy
 
spleen/appendix/gall bladder-removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/bunion & 2 neuroma surgeries/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08/ c difficile/many kidney surgeries 5/09 through next summer
 
There's AWAYS HOPE, there's a doctor out there that WILL help you and things WILL get better :):):):):)

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