The only test that was done before the surgery was a Sitz marker test. As far as being better than I was before the surgery, I'd have to say yes only because some things that wouldn't work before will work now, i.e., Lactulose. I have to take more than normal, but at least it gives me a little relief. It's does't work all the time, but will work at least 80% of the time which is better than before.
Yes, having a total probably would have helped me since it usually give you runny stools. That's the only way I can go. During the manometry testing, I couldn't expell the balloon until it had only 5 cc of water in it. I was originally supposed to have a total, but what the surgeon left behind "looked okay" so he left it behind. This is the same surgeon that did my resection for diverticulitis with fissues to the bladder and probably caused the denervation since I could go normally before that surgery.
I have a suspicion that I'm going to end up having to have the rest removed. I was supposed to go for defecography testing on the 29th, but I'm having surgery for a hernia (number three) on that day, so I'll have to reschedule after I'm healed from that.
Surgeries - I've had a lot - over thirty. I call myself the freak of the family. LOL
Hey guys...hope you all are well.
I just wondered if any of you have had problems with headaches or dizziness. I just left work becuase I could no longer be standing without feeling like I am going to fall over. My fellow nurses said I would turn really white and look peakid. I took my vitals and all were normal. Also, I have been having headaches, which I never had before, about 3-4 days a week. I called my PCP and he siad if I am not feeling better to come in for labs tomorrow?
Just wondered if any of you have had these symptoms since surgery.
Sorry you had such a frustrating appointment. It is better to have a colorectal surgeon do your surgery becuase that is all they deal with. My surgeon had done many many total colectomy's, but he had only done it four times for the reason of colonic inertia or slow transit and I was his second youngest patient at 27. The GI I originally saw and who ran my tests was referred to me by one of my docs I work with (his wife works in the facility) and then my GI referred my surgeon. I asked the doc at work and he said he heard he was good so I trusted he was and......he was phenomenal. I hope Tuesday goes better for you. Keep us posted.
Mom- It took me almost three months to get my period. I just got it a couple weeks ago. My biggest issue in the hospital was my potassium and I am supposed to take it every day, but I have not been. But low potassium does not usually cause dizziness.....more cardiac arrythmias. I think it must have been my blood sugar. I came home and drank some OJ and had some complex carbs and felt better. I went back to work yesterday and felt ok....just exhausted. I slept 12 hours last night. I got home from work at 7:45 and was asleep by 8:30!!!! My shifts just take everything out of me.
Resa- I hope they figure out what is going on with you....sorry you have to travel so far. Keep us posted.
Hope everyone else is well.
I've ALWAYS been a big water drinker (pre and post-op) and can agree it's one of the best things we can do for our body, this in my opinion anyway. I drink about a gallon of water everyday - NO PROBLEM!! It really does the body good!!!
You mentioned that the pharmasist said the CHOLESTYRAMINE is prescribed for liver and other issues - maybe cutting your liver during surgery has something to do with it. Do you find the iron constipating? I've always had low iron and could NEVER take any supplement for it. The MiraLAX pre-op, along with many other meds, didn't work for me. I've had to start taking the MiraLAX daily and now it works wonders. MiraLAX really isn't a fiber though, it's known as an osmotic-type laxative. It works by holding water in the stool to soften the stool which increases the number of bowel movements.
I hope things continue to go and remain well for you!! It's so nice to hear how others are doing after surgery, the good and bad, as it shows that the human body adjusts. Please keep posting!!
RESA - How are you doing? Is the pain completely gone now? Well wishes to you!!
ENPOINTE - How are you feeling? I'm like you and Resa and can tolerate a lot of pain. I take a lot of medications for manic depression/anxiety/OCD and my surgeon told me when I was having unbearable pain it was due to my liver having to process so much medication that I required a stronger/higher does of pain medication.
I'm a year and a half post-op and get occasional dizzie spells. I went to my PC about two weeks ago to get lab work done and will see her in about two weeks to discuss the results. I have a big feeling that I'm low on iron as I have feel low on energy a lot of the times.
Post and let us know how you're doing.
Just checking in to say hi. I am still having occasional dizzy episodes, but if I eat more they are better throughout the day. We moved all weekend and I did not eat/drink all day and that caused some issues.
enpointe, sorry for all the struggles. I hope you start feeling better soon. I keep waiting for something to happen to me, but I have had my fair share of complications. I am enjoying this break.
Stuckfor2long- Hope your lab results come back good. Keep us updated on the results. I too have those darn dizy spells. I think mine are my blood sugar.
Hope you are are well.