Ever stop to think, and forget to start again???
Hi everyone!! I've been unable to post for several days, been sick with a bad bout of bronchitis !! I've really missed chatting with all of you.
MICHELLE & STEPHANIE - I'm so sorry I wasn't here to encourage and comfort you prior to surgery. I look forward to your return. May God bless and keep you during and after surgery!!
ADVISESEEKER - Nice to see you post again - I remember you !! I too, after agressive treatment with a load of medications, found NO relief either. I was never able to take the Duloclax due to the extreme cramping it gave me. I used Exlax, extra strength, also in a very large doses (48 pills in a three day span). Eventually, along with all the other meds, NOTHING worked for at least 6/8 months prior to surgery and I was absolutely miserable and also very sick.
My stool was very hard as well (this will sound gross). The ONLY thing I could do was manually remove the stool from my rectum. It would be extremely large and hard as a rock, not to mention, very painful!! This was a lifetime problem for me (43 years) and I felt I had no other choice but the surgery. I finally confronted my surgeon concerning ALL the medications and how they were actually making me feel worse, NOT better. He advised that he had to take the route of the medications first for the insurance company to approve and pay for the surgery (these insurance companies are something else). Finally the insurance company approved the surgery and I had it three weeks after approval.
I can and will tell you that this was the best decision I've ever made in my life. Immediate post-op recovery is definitely something no one can prepare you for, we can only give our actual experience. This is a VERY HUGE surgery, so my advise is to seek as much information as possible and discuss it with your surgeon.
Regaining a life I never had is nothing short of a miracle for me. Yes, the surgery and recovery process is a long process, but in order to have a life, I had no other choice and I would do it again without hesitation!!!
Hope this helps.