Post Edited (Marsky) : 7/4/2008 5:14:25 PM (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.
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.
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.