When will I stop going 20+ times a day after tc??

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Janiepain
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   Posted 4/12/2009 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Wednesday will be 4 weeks since my TC for colon inertia.  Since I came home from the hospital, I've had 20+ bms every day...most are liquidy, and my rear is so sore.   My doctor gave me fiber, but when I take that, I still feel like I have to go as often; it's just hard to get anything out, and that's worse than the liquid stools.  I also have lotomil to take to slow things down, but the same thing happens.  I took  no fiber yesterday, but 2 lomotil, once after breakfast and once after lunch, and then last night and today I could hardly go at all until this evening, but I must have gone to sit on the pot about 25 times...it feels like I have to go but only a little comes out and I still feel full.   My rear just feels packed.  I didn't take any fiber or lomotil today, and since this afternoon, I've gone about 10 times and it's liquidy again...but  coming out.  Is this normal?  I've read that 6 weeks is the magic number for stools to change...is that true?  It's great to be going, but to be honest, it's getting kinda tiresome,not to mention uncomfortable, especially when I can't get anything out.  Should I be worried?
 
Janie

PSA
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   Posted 4/13/2009 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Janie

It takes a while before your new plumbing starts working. Some people may take six weeks, while others may take six months. Initially the output is a bit acidic (lots of enzymes come out). These do cause butt burning sensation. Apply some good gel/cream on your bottom to soothen the output.

My doctor had advised me to take about six immodium or in the alternative lopamide in the intial stage. Slowly the output became formed. Have patience, you will get better with time. Please follow the diet chart which your doc must have given you.
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Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
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Janiepain
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   Posted 4/13/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply.  I've tried eating mostly low residue, although my doctor said eat whatever I want that agrees with me.  Problem is, nothing much agrees with me!  Cheerios is my staple breakfast and I can also handle cream of wheat.  Other than that, I'm on the toilet at least 10 times over the next couple hours after each meal.  Yesterday we had Easter dinner early (2:00 pm) and I ate a little ham, macaroni and cheese, corn (big no no) and a bisquit.  I ate a very small sliver of cake for dessert.  I'm not kidding when I say I had to run to the bathroom at least 20 times from 2:30pm until after midnight.  I'm not sure which of the foods did that (or maybe all?).  I'm just not sure what else to try.
 
I haven't tried immodium....the lomotil helps me not go, but actually it's worse if I take very much because then the urge is there, but I can't go.  Maybe I'll try some immodium.
 
I'm really ok....surgery will be 4 weeks ago on Wednesday and I've healed well, just the eating/pooping is still strange.  I used to go once a week with laxatives, so this is really wierd.  I guess by those standards, the surgery was a huge success!!
Janie
 
 

PSA
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   Posted 4/13/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Janie

I wish you had invited us for Easter Dinner.

Well in so far as diet is concerned, even I have not understood so far as to how doctors used to say I could eat anything and everything. Can you believe I can tolerate only home made cheese with home made breads (Chappatis). Anything else causes lots of problems, be it D or blockages. I really don't know how to handle that.

But your frequent situps in washroom would get better over period of time. In any case I am sure your GI surgeon must have informed you about kegel exercise to control your urge to poo. You have to control your sphinchter muscles (these muscles are in the rectal/anal area and help control the stool). Kegel exercise is quite simple. You have to exercise control as if you are stopping your pee. Just try it out. Stop - count upto 10 and then get back. Again stop-count-get back. This way you would improve your control. Another thing is that avoid thinking about toilet or sitting just next to it, otherwise you will always feel like rushing to loo at the slightest feel.

Take care and keep us informed.


45 years Male Attorney
Diagnosed UC October 1989
Had two stage J Pouch Surgery Nov 2005 Take Down March 2006
Complications after surgery - Incisional Hernia and Ano Fistulas
"Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark."
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracl: Albert Einstein
"What you are aware of you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you."
 


Janiepain
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   Posted 4/13/2009 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   

PSA,

Thanks again.  My doctor actually didn't say anything about the exercises, but I do know what they are.  I actually have pelvic floor dysfunction, and tried biofeedback for 3 months before the TC, so I definitely have a problem with my rear end!  Today hasn't been too bad....I went 3 times after I woke up, I had cheerios for breakfast and went 2x and then had an English muffin for lunch and went 1x so far.  I took 1/2 lomotil this morning and just took 1/2 the fiber.  It's just a trial and error, I think.  I will try the exercises, though!  After dinner is usually when it hits me and I go alot.

You can only eat homemade cheeses and bread?  That's what you live on?  Are you able to have a normal life?  That sounds horrible; so you can never go out to dinner? (we're very social and this is really cramping our style!!) You've been living like this since 06?  Isn't there anything else that you can do?  Now I feel awful for whining!!!!

Janie

 

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