I had a subtotal last July. Do you know how much of you colon is left? I have about 2 inches. After my surgery I was having about 20 bms a day, I just went down to 2-3 a day a month ago. I still am on the low residue diet because many of the foods cause me to have diarrhea. Has your dr said that this would be normal for you to have such infrequent bms? I know everyone is different, but I would check with your dr about this.
I wish you the best,
Hello, sorry for the late response, it's been tough. I am going to the doctor today, so will respond later to let you know how that went.
The reason I had the surgery, I was diagnoised with Colonic Interia. Since I was 17 years old (now 38) my BM's would happen every 3 weeks. In the past 5 years, they had been 1-2 months. I tried everything, nothing worked except the colonic purge.
My surgeon removed all but 2inches of my large intestines, and also cut an inch of my small intestines to connect.
I am feeling better, just still very sore, expecially when I have a BM. And again my BM's are not happening daily, they have been more like every two days, and a couple of times, it was 3 days, but I took a dulcolax and that helped alot. But I am still amazed at how many of you, have 15-20 BM's a day after your surgery.
Yes, I went to see my doctor and he says that my small intestines are just as slow as my large intestines was. So at this point he wants me to take a teaspoon of Milk of Magnesia everyday, perhaps even 2 -3 times a day until I have a BM.
I am not going everyday anymore, actually by the 3rd day, if I have not gone, I've been taking dulcolax. I am so depressed with this. Also , I am still very sore.
As for foods, thanks for the suggestions, I will continue my fruits and vegetables, and chicken, because everything else, I think is hanging up in my small intestines.