Just had subtotal colectomy... When will the pooping stop????

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SubColectomyHereICome
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   Posted 7/4/2008 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all, I had my first surgery (subtotal colectomy) on June 17th... It was deemed successful, and I spent six days in the hospital. After two days of being home and a trip to the ER, they found that there was an obstruction. My colon was twisted around and had actually been pinching other areas- VERY painful! This had formed after the subtotal colectomy. They did another surgery, and I was in the hospital for 8 days after that. I finally got home last night. I am feeling so much better than the first time I came home. I am still VERY lathargic (I haven't been sleeping well), achey, and still just feel very "off." However, I am not in a lot of pain. My incision stings a bit, and the cramps that I get before I have a bowel movement can be uncomfortable, but I'm not on any painkillers. What really is driving me crazy is how tied to the toilet I am.... I've had BMs for about four days now, and now that I'm on a low residue diet and eating more "solid" foods my BMs aren't AS runny but they come often. I had about 10 to 12 yesterday. And when I need to go- I need to go!

My question is for all of you who have had a colectomy: When did your bowel movements become more regular? I know I am anxious... I JUST got home and I know that I won't be regular yet.. but when did you get the point where it doesn't control your life? 3 weeks? More? I go to Hawaii in three and begin a new teaching job in 5 weeks.

THANK YOU for your help!!!!!! Any advice/feedback is soooo appreciated.

mommyphotographer
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   Posted 7/4/2008 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
wow I cant believe you had to have 2 sugery and doing as well as you are to be honest with you. your only one just one day and not on pain meds. I think you will be doing alot better in a week. that is about how long it took me. I had a sub total on june 20th and now july 4.. (2 weeks exactually) i only went one time today. BUT this scares me. now i am worried i am not going enough because we had people over today and i ate things that have more texture to it. and worry that i will have a blockage. I only ate things like pasta. but i also had some broccolli and i chewed it alot. but now i am just waiting for me to go poooooooooo. but nothing yet. But i do know how you feel. my bum was so sore from going when i first got home. what did they have to do in your second surgery. like what do they do for a blockage??? cant they just give you meds to make you go again. how much colon did your dr leave you and where did they say it was blocked. if you have less colon seems like it couldnt get twisted. I have 10 inches and i would think i wouldnt never have it twist. but maybe a blockage..
keep me posted on your progresss. i will try to check your topic more often to see how your doing..

Marsky
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   Posted 7/4/2008 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Three words come to mind - low residue diet!

This diet is what saved me from living in my bathroom (after losing 90% of my sigmoid and 15 inches of my colon, due to rectal cancer in 1999). Do a google search, you'll find lots of links for this diet.

Basically it's the diet you give to children after they've had a severe GI tract bug or D. In other words, the BRAT diet - bananas, white rice, applesauce, white toast. Of course you may add other foods, such as cottage cheese, iceberg lettuce wedges, roast chicken, turkey, mashed potatoes (I find instant is better for D than mashed from scratch), baked potatoes, mac & cheese, plain or vanilla yogurt with live cultures, plain bagels, plain english muffins.

Avoid chocolate, candy, nuts, carbonated beverages, beer, high fiber foods, whole wheat products, fresh summer fruits such as straw/blue/raspberries, pineapple. Canned fruit is okay, just watch fresh fruit with lots of pulp. It's hard on the gut. With the exception of ripe bananas - I have one every single day.

I hope you see improvement soon.

As always, check with your doctor before going on a specific diet. My colon doc gave me his blessing for this diet, but initially said I could eat anything I wanted (wrong) and to eat 4 to 6 small meals a day and not 3. The small meal suggestion was accurate though. Not much else he said, post-op, helped though. He also said to "enjoy life, take Imodium"......I don't see how you can enjoy life (ie, eat anything you want), when you're living with less colon.

It just makes complete sense to me now, to eat foods that agree with my gut and avoid the ones that irritate my gut the most.

Keep a food journal (notebook, keeping a page for each day). That's helpful too.

Mary

Post Edited (Marsky) : 7/4/2008 5:14:25 PM (GMT-6)


XtremeMisery
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   Posted 7/5/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   

It will slow down.....i was the same way you were and going about 12 times a day. After I resumed a more normal diet things got better and now I take a laxative once a day and am starting PT, but overall I am so happy to have my life back. At first I was going so much I could barely make it to the toilet, but it gets better hun. You just need more substance in your diet and you have only been home ONE day:) All the fluids you had pumped into you also make your output much more. I had to admissions as well and I went all the time for the first couple days after getting home from the hospital. You just have to remember where you were before the surgery and know that a couple weeks of frequent stools are way bettter than consipation for the rest of your life.

take care.

lizzie


SubColectomyHereICome
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   Posted 7/5/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much guys, I really appreciate the info. I am on a low residue diet and now that I am eating a little more "substance", the bowels have slowed down a little bit. It is 12:20 pm and I haven't had a BM today. That is good! mommyphotographer, to answer your question, by an obstruction I meant that my colon was literally wrapped/knotted so food could not pass through. They had to go IN there and untwist it. How are you doing now??? I am glad to hear your home and doing well!

2much2bear
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   Posted 7/8/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
:-)  Hey subtotal - glad things are getting there, even though you are having many trips to the loo.

Out of interest - do you have to get up at night to have a bm and do you have to sit there for ages in case you have to go back again so soon??
 
thanks so much - your answers help me a lot.
 
karen x
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Rectocele/cystocele - Pelvic floor repair surgery;
2006: Mucosal prolapse/Obstructive Defaecation Syndrome/Slow Transit Constipation - STARR surgery;
2007: Partial volvulus (cause of ODS?) - Sigmoid resection. Result: immediate colonic inertia;
2008: Now contemplating colectomy as I need to take up to 30 senna tablets daily for some kind of bowel movement (albeit not 'normal' or all at once).  Always in discomfort/pain. 
 
Scared to have TC as told I could become incontinent - can't get my head around the fact I might require a 'bag' :(


2much2bear
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   Posted 7/8/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   
sorry, one more thing - Has the bloating and pain you had before gone now?
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Rectocele/cystocele - Pelvic floor repair surgery;
2006: Mucosal prolapse/Obstructive Defaecation Syndrome/Slow Transit Constipation - STARR surgery;
2007: Partial volvulus (cause of ODS?) - Sigmoid resection. Result: immediate colonic inertia;
2008: Now contemplating colectomy as I need to take up to 30 senna tablets daily for some kind of bowel movement (albeit not 'normal' or all at once).  Always in discomfort/pain. 
 
Scared to have TC as told I could become incontinent - can't get my head around the fact I might require a 'bag' :(


SubColectomyHereICome
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   Posted 7/8/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi 2much2bear, the trips to the bathroom aren't as frequent now. I'm going now maybe 4-5 times a day. (Thank God!) The BMs are getting a little more "solid" too... It's looking like I don't have to get up to have a BM in the middle of the night. I was getting up, but I haven't in the last few days. It's almost like our colons turn off when we're asleep. It's nice because at first (after the surgery) it was like, "I need to go NOW..." and I'd have to run into the bathroom. Now, I don't necessarily have to run, it's not a big deal if it takes me a few minutes. Also, to answer your second question, the bloating and pain that I had before the surgery is definitely gone. It's a bit hard to tell what I will feel like after I recover, but I already feel so much better.

2much2bear
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   Posted 7/8/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for quick response - that so great - i am soo soo pleased for you and that you continue to improve. i am getting more positive about this now.
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Rectocele/cystocele - Pelvic floor repair surgery;
2006: Mucosal prolapse/Obstructive Defaecation Syndrome/Slow Transit Constipation - STARR surgery;
2007: Partial volvulus (cause of ODS?) - Sigmoid resection. Result: immediate colonic inertia;
2008: Now contemplating colectomy as I need to take up to 30 senna tablets daily for some kind of bowel movement (albeit not 'normal' or all at once).  Always in discomfort/pain. 
 
Scared to have TC as told I could become incontinent - can't get my head around the fact I might require a 'bag' :(


SubColectomyHereICome
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   Posted 7/11/2008 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
For those of you who have had colectomies, when did your swelling (in the abdominal area) go away? It has been two weeks and a few days since having my surgery, and I am still very distended. I have a five-inch scar about two inches below my belly button (horizontal). The area below the belly button and above the scar looks puffy, and not to mention is very numb. I just took off the steri-strips this morning, so I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it. Is this normal? When did your swelling go down?

2much2bear
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   Posted 7/12/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi subtotal - how are you doing now? give the swelling time - i had open sigmoid resection last year and it takes a while for the scar tissue to settle down underneath.

how are you doing are you much better? going to the loo well etc??
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Rectocele/cystocele - Pelvic floor repair surgery;
2006: Mucosal prolapse/Obstructive Defaecation Syndrome/Slow Transit Constipation - STARR surgery;
2007: Partial volvulus (cause of ODS?) - Sigmoid resection. Result: immediate colonic inertia;
2008: Now contemplating colectomy as I need to take up to 30 senna tablets daily for some kind of bowel movement (albeit not 'normal' or all at once).  Always in discomfort/pain. 
 
Scared to have TC as told I could become incontinent - can't get my head around the fact I might require a 'bag' :(


SubColectomyHereICome
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   Posted 7/12/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi 2much2bear, Thanks for checking up on me. I am doing much better... Still tired and a bit sore. I am not going to the loo as much as I was... Now only maybe three times a day! The swelling was worrying me a bit (I look four months pregnant), but you're right- it will just take time. I guess it's normal. :) Thanks so much for your help!

pcaino
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   Posted 8/30/2008 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, I had a subtotal Colectomy August 15th. I go to the bathroom from 12-8 times a day. I continue to feel sick at night. Swelling is still happening. I had back surgery 4 years ago and this is killing my back. i can't lay on either side because they hurt too bad. So My back is the only option. Then it is so stiff I can hardley move.

 

Help please!

Pcaino confused


poohboy
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   Posted 1/3/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
rolleyes  Has anyone used imodium to reduce bowel movements after subtotal colectomy....My husband has 3 to 5 a day....colectomy was 4 years ago...3 are at night and I am the caregiver, and am exhausted by it....as he needs help getting to the bathroom. I get non-commital answers from the surgeon and g.p about this, but I cannot see how it can be harmful from what I have read...just need to know if it brings success...these bm's are very soupy, also....but I need to cut them back to daytime only and if I use imodium at night, how many would I give him? and at what time of day. Please respond with some advice...you will save my sanity!
 
poohboy

finallyfree
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   Posted 1/3/2009 11:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Poohboy,
 
My GI dr told me to use immodium to slow things down when I was having several movements a day.  He said to start with one a day or every other day, but it ended up causing me to stop going altogether so now I just take half of one when I have a really bad day, so you might want to start with just a half to begin with and then slowly increase the dose to see what works best.
 
I hope this helps and I wish you the best.
Judy

poohboy
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   Posted 1/4/2009 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks a lot, Judy..will try that.....was Lomotil an option for you also, and was there a difference? Sorry, but did the stools become less runny ever?? My husband had a stricture six mos after the subtotal colectomy..wonder if this plays a part in the excessive, and runny bms.

thanks, poohboy

RecoverySTC
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   Posted 11/23/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to those of you who have now experienced the after effects of having a Sub-Total Colectomy. I had my surgery in June of 1999. I had 95% of my large intestine removed and a J-Pouch constructed after the attachment of my (Remaining) large intestine to my small intestine. Hence, I experience severe diarrhea most of my days. I know this is a difficult and most likely embarrassing subject to discuss, but it is an important one.

My large intestine had become paralyzed at an early age, so many of my physicians recommended laxatives and various medicinal remedies to help with my chronic constipation. The only relief I got was to have the surgery at the age of 36. I pleaded with my surgeon NOT to give my a colostomy and she knew about the sub-total colectomy and proceeded with the surgery.

After a day or two in the hospital I had my first "normal" bowel movement in years. I was "moved" to tears.
What I did not expect was what was to come. It has been over ten years now and I still have days that I cannot leave my house due to the chronic episodes of diarrhea I experience.

I fill my diet with foods that are somewhat bland; potatoes, rice, milk products, yogurt meat products, fish, chicken and turkey. I have had to avoid many fruits and vegetables which I enjoy tremendously. I also have to avoid nuts, popcorn and high fiber foods. I ALSO do not drink alcohol or take improper medicines.

Lomotil and Immodium are two of the better products out there, but I have discovered a new (Prescription) medicine called Opium Tincture. (Or Tincture of Opium 10% per 30 ml or 1 ounce) My Primary physician has prescribed it or you may want to discuss this medication with your Gastroenterologist. It can be abused if not taken properly.

One must note, a Sub-Total Colectomy is a re-attachment of healthy intestine to healthy intestine.
For one week, write down everything you ingest, including medicine. Present this to your MD and discuss what should be eliminated one by one. Or, perhaps added.


I have learned to manage my new digestive tract without a lot of work and sacrifice. But YOU must be honest. Are you sleeping enough, de-stressing your life and perhaps even getting yourself into therapy. This is a life-changing event for YOU and your family and friends. Don't be embarrassed to discuss it and share the difficulties with those people. Even at work, make sure your superiors understand your needs until they slow down a bit. Your bowels may never be the same, but you do not have to live with being silent about this.

Continue to follow-up with your physicians and make sure everyone is on the same page. If necessary, seek the help of an allergist, you may have underlying food allergies you never had growing up. Avoid Caffeine, soda, acid filled juices and especially carbonated beverages. BEER included.

Meditate and practice deep breathing. Use Wet-Wipes when an episode happens and most of all, be gentle with yourself. You have to heal Physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Contact me if you need or wish to talk/chat further. I'd love to hear from you.

Best....Sub-Total Colectomy Girl
SUBTC Girl

Tammra
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   Posted 11/29/2009 1:45 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi, I'm a new member and have been reading your posts on a subtotal colectomy.

I am scheduled to have this done on December 9, 2009.  I am both relieved and scared. I have been going through hell for the past 5 years.  It seems my colon just stopped working.  So the constipation and bowel obstructions have taken over my life. I had been to 6 different gastroenterologist, and have seen 4 different surgeons and finally got one to do this.  I have had several different tests (some of which were very embarassing) and they all indicate that my colon stopped functioning. I am a 47 year old female and I have Celiac disease.  The wierd thing is that not only did my colon stop functioning so did my thyroid which was removed after I begged and pleaded with the doctors to do the surgery only to find out after the surgery that my thyroid gland was cancerous.  My gallbladder stopped functioning and that was taken out and my appendix just didn't look right so that was taken out as well.  All this abdominal stuff is blamed on the Celiac Disease and the fact that it wasn't diagnosed immediatley.  But in the meantime after trying to find a surgeon to remove my colon I have been hospitalized several times (couldn't tell you how many) with bowel obstructions, in which they would put in an NG tube and pump me out for about 4-5 days with nothing by mouth (just an IV).  Then after the NG tube was removed it was clear fluids for a few days then full fluids for a few days.   I also have osteoarthritis. (which is also being blamed on the Celiac disease)  I had a total knee replacement last year and had my right shoulder operated on this past summer to remove some of the arthritis and to do a bankart procedure.  My other shoulder has to be done as well but this won't take place until next year, after I fully recover from my surgery on the 9th.  I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I get terrible migraines all for which I am seeing a pain specialist.

Anyway the Dr that is doing my subtotal colectomy is removing the entire colon and is going to hook up the small bowel directly to the rectum.
 
Can anyone tell me what the recovery time is and the dietary restrictions for this.  I already have several dietary restrictions due to the Celiac diesease and I am lactose intolerant.  I also have a lot of stress in my life.
 
Please help!
 
 

pelztier86
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   Posted 11/29/2009 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Tammra,

did they check your small bowel? You should be sure that it is functionning since dysmotility in the small bowel complicates the problem.
An ileorectal anastomosis would be no cure then and could infact worsen small bowel dysmotility.

I just wonder since you have had many bowel obstructions which usually do not occur with isolated slow tranist constipation.
A possible cause for them could also be adhesions from your previous surgeries.

I also had bowel obstructions and I was diagnosed with chronic intestinal pseudoobstruction which means dysmotility throughout the entire digestive tract including small bowel, stomach, colon and my bladder.

I also think that I once read about a connection between celiac disease and pseudoobstruction.
Do you know where the obstructions are located and whether they are functional or mechanic? If they are functional that would be another possible hint for CIP.

Do you also suffer from extensive nausea, abdominal pain, fullness, distension, dificulty wit eating in general? These symptoms can occur with isolated colonic inertia but are much more frequent and severe with CIP.

I have had two colon resections since I was diagnosed with isolated colonic inertia. They were unsuccessful, then I received the diagnosis of CIP.
I then had teh total removal of the colon and an ileostomy since my large bowel was mostr affected. With CIP an ileostomy is usually more effectiv than an ileorectal anastamosis which slows things more.

pelztier86
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   Posted 11/29/2009 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
here is a good link regarding the conncetion of coeliac disease and CIP
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1432479/

Tammra
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   Posted 11/29/2009 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your input. I have been going through this for 5 years now. I have no life outside my house and the hospital. (with several out of town dr.s appts). I have seen 5 different gastroenterologists and have had 5 different motility tests to dermine where the colon stops transit. All the gastroenterologists have agreed that the entire colon must come out. They have also sent me for bio-feedback which determined that the anus and rectum are working properly that is why they are certain that hooking up the small bowel directly will solve my problems. I have been told that my BM's will be watery for quite some time afterwards and that I will have to be careful of what I eat. But being Celiac and lactose intolerant I have to be careful of what I eat anyway. It sounds strange but I am looking forward to having watery bowel movements. It sure beats having an NG tube stuck down your nose and into your stomach to remove the contents. I know it will be a long road to recovery but I am ready for that. Don't get me wrong, I am also scared but with my family and friends behind me, I am ready.

Trigirl
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   Posted 11/30/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
That does sound like a long road to travel.

Good luck with it all and keep us posted.
This heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
H.W. Longfellow
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
Trying


pelztier86
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   Posted 11/30/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Tammra,

it is good that your pelvic floor muscles and your rectum work fine. S you don't have an outlet problem which could lessen the sucess of the colectomy.
For sure it is best to take the whole colon out.

But do you also know that your small bowel is fine? That would be the other important question to answer before you should unergo surgery.

MAHC
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   Posted 12/12/2009 3:58 PM (GMT -6)   
RecoverySTC said...
Hello to those of you who have now experienced the after effects of having a Sub-Total Colectomy. I had my surgery in June of 1999. I had 95% of my large intestine removed and a J-Pouch constructed after the attachment of my (Remaining) large intestine to my small intestine. Hence, I experience severe diarrhea most of my days. I know this is a difficult and most likely embarrassing subject to discuss, but it is an important one.

My large intestine had become paralyzed at an early age, so many of my physicians recommended laxatives and various medicinal remedies to help with my chronic constipation. The only relief I got was to have the surgery at the age of 36. I pleaded with my surgeon NOT to give my a colostomy and she knew about the sub-total colectomy and proceeded with the surgery.

After a day or two in the hospital I had my first "normal" bowel movement in years. I was "moved" to tears.
What I did not expect was what was to come. It has been over ten years now and I still have days that I cannot leave my house due to the chronic episodes of diarrhea I experience.

I fill my diet with foods that are somewhat bland; potatoes, rice, milk products, yogurt meat products, fish, chicken and turkey. I have had to avoid many fruits and vegetables which I enjoy tremendously. I also have to avoid nuts, popcorn and high fiber foods. I ALSO do not drink alcohol or take improper medicines.

Lomotil and Immodium are two of the better products out there, but I have discovered a new (Prescription) medicine called Opium Tincture. (Or Tincture of Opium 10% per 30 ml or 1 ounce) My Primary physician has prescribed it or you may want to discuss this medication with your Gastroenterologist. It can be abused if not taken properly.

One must note, a Sub-Total Colectomy is a re-attachment of healthy intestine to healthy intestine.
For one week, write down everything you ingest, including medicine. Present this to your MD and discuss what should be eliminated one by one. Or, perhaps added.


I have learned to manage my new digestive tract without a lot of work and sacrifice. But YOU must be honest. Are you sleeping enough, de-stressing your life and perhaps even getting yourself into therapy. This is a life-changing event for YOU and your family and friends. Don't be embarrassed to discuss it and share the difficulties with those people. Even at work, make sure your superiors understand your needs until they slow down a bit. Your bowels may never be the same, but you do not have to live with being silent about this.

Continue to follow-up with your physicians and make sure everyone is on the same page. If necessary, seek the help of an allergist, you may have underlying food allergies you never had growing up. Avoid Caffeine, soda, acid filled juices and especially carbonated beverages. BEER included.

Meditate and practice deep breathing. Use Wet-Wipes when an episode happens and most of all, be gentle with yourself. You have to heal Physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Contact me if you need or wish to talk/chat further. I'd love to hear from you.

Best....Sub-Total Colectomy Girl
SUBTC Girl


HI SUBTC Girl

I underwent a subtotal colectomy with an ileostomy 1/09 when I was critically ill with a high grade bowel obstruction that led to dead bowel. Eventually I recovered & had reversal of my ileostomy with an ileorectal anastamosis in early August. I'm almost 5 months out & am very frustrated over bowel habits with frequent BMs & intermittent rather severe diarrhea. Before the surgery I was told I'd be able to eat anything after getting reconnected, but now I find there are many things I cannot eat...fresh fruit,desserts, chocolate (which I love), nuts & spicy food.

When will things get better? How do you return to work if they don't get better? Were there some foods you didn't tolerate at first, but could tolerate a year or so later? So many websites or people say they recover after only a few months, but I find that is not the case with me. Do you have any advice?
Thanks, MAHC

roxanedaz123
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   Posted 5/5/2010 5:03 AM (GMT -6)   
HI guys


im new on this site, i have been diagnosed after many many years with STC. I cant eat properly anylonger food has become my enemy, i get so bloated and uncomforatble i was smaller a 6 month pregnant 12 years ago.. I am 34 years, now 6stone 10 and have bmi of 15,, not good, I am now having a total colectomy in june10 yippee, via key hole and prob wont need a ileostomy, i am unsure pain after the op, not real bothered tho i will deal with it when it happens, i also know v little about life there after, will all my bloating be gone, can i eat what i want months after the op?

Has anyone got any experiance to share with me on this,, there are many people that sound in similar situations on here for dif reasons, any help would be much appreciated ..... thanks
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