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Aurora60
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   Posted 11/14/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a colon resection surgery on 10/19. It was successful, done laprascopy although I did have one lower incision about 3-4 ins. The lower incision got infected and I had to go on strong antibiotics and had to have a wound vac as they opened up the incision to about 8 in and left this big gaping wound. Only had the wound vac about a week and am know on wet to dry guaze bandages which I am good at changing. I guess you would call my surgery a colectomy. Its been a month, I am recovering, progress every day but it is slow. I am still very weak, lost 25 lbs. I am eating 6-8 small meals, plenty of protein to help heal. I am having bowel movements but now they seem to be getting harder and I am worried about getting a bowel obstruction. I am taking Benefiber chewable tablets and trying to eat lots of fruit and veggies.  Does anyone have a suggestion on what is the best way to keep your bowels running smoothly without causing diarehha? Is there a better choice for fiber supplements I should use?  The pharmacist suggested Fibercon pills which are huge and bulk you up and you absolutely have to drink at least 8 oz of water with this so you don't choke! I find this scary. Anyone with some suggestions about what I can do, I would so greatly appreciate your help. Also, I was lucky to just have a reattachment and not a colostomy. I want to stay healthy. I never want to go through this again!
 
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Marsky
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   Posted 11/14/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor suggested Colace. I tried 100 mg but found it was too strong. I learned that I could order 50 mg from the Pharmacy since it's a pediatric dose that is still considered an OTC product.

Colace 50 mg seems to help things remain consistent for me. Also a probiotic I take each evening - Nature's Way, Primadophilus Reuteri Superior Probiotic, #90 count bottle (I find these in the refrigerated section at a health food store). I am sensitive to dairy so that's why I take the probiotic by pill form but if you can tolerate dairy, I would also eat one or two Stonyfield yogurt cups a day (they provide the highest concentration of acidopholis in a yogurt form).

I tried Metamucil but it gave me a very noisy gut, then I tried fiber con but it didn't help at all. My doctor kept saying all I needed was a mild stool softener and finally gave me the samples - Colace, 100 mg. I did like Colace, a lot, from the beginning. But the 100 mg is just too much for my touchy system now. If someone were to get C from time to time 100 mg would be a good choice. But C has never been my problem. I go all the time!

Ask your doctor about Colace.

Be careful though, some generic forms of Colace are fine but a few contain sennasides. You do not want sennasides!
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


Aurora60
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   Posted 11/15/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply, Marsky. I am seeing my Dr. on Wed so I will ask about the colace. I guess everyone is different. I have tried the befefiber chewable tablets but not sure if they are working. I also got some of those prunes that are individually wrapped and they seem to help. I am just really afraid of getting a bowel obstruction after going through so much. I hope the dr has some answers for me. Thanks again.
 
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Marsky
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   Posted 11/15/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
You're welcome Aurora. My doctor did want me to get an obstruction either, that is why he suggested Colace.

But you're right, we are all different and fiber supplements come in all forms. Powder, pill, and you can even drink prune juice! Lots of possibilities here so you won't have to worry.

Take pen and paper with you so you can write down his suggestions. I'm sure he'll have a few meds or supplements that he likes to recommend to his patients.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

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