Total Colectomy

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dolcevita
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   Posted 10/29/2007 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I am new to this forum - and it has been theraputic to be able to read the posts from people like myself who have suffered with chronic constipation for most of their lives.  I too was constipated for my entire life - as an infant, my Mom tells me that I had collic and needed enema's using an ear syringe in order to have a BM.  In January of 2007 I had rectocele surgery ... it did not help the constipation.  In May I had the sitz marker tests - all 20 markers were in my colon - I didn't lose one.   Later that month, I had a total colectomy in and I can't believe how wonderful it is to actually have a BM everyday.  When I feel a little bloated, or if I have the beginning feelings of constipation, I drink about 4 oz of white grape juice and usually that is all it takes.  My major BM of the day, arrives at about midnight every day - wish it were earlier, but believe me, I'm not complaining.   The surgery was a lifesaver because, I too, like many of you, did not want to live the way I had been - swallowing so many laxatives a day with no results.  I do have a question regarding sexual intercourse post surgery.  I know that rectocele can cause pain during intercourse - but it has been 10 months since that surgery and almost 6 months since the TC - and the pain during intercourse is worse than ever - feels like a knife is piercing me.  My husband is afraid to touch me and we're both concerned.  Does anyone know if rectocele can come back? And, can it come back even after a TC when a person is no longer constipated?  It feels like it is happening again.  What is the difference between a rectocele and an entercele - could I have developed something else?  I realize I may be asking questions that require a doctor to answer - but I thought it would be worth asking to see if any other women have experienced this.  Thanks for the wonderful input to this forum - I wish I had known about it prior to surgery - it certainly would have eased my mind to have read what you all went through with your own experiences.

peggy113
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   Posted 10/30/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Dolce

Welcome to HealingWell.com! I know that someone here will be able to pitch in and give you some recommendations, answers. I didn't have chronic constipation or Colonic Inertia prior to surgery. My total proctocolectomy was for Crohn's Disease. So not experiencing any of your symptoms or your exact surgeries (I do have an ileostomy), I cannot give you any answers or hints.

I just wanted to say hello and welcome!
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


dolcevita
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   Posted 10/30/2007 7:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Peggy for the welcome ... I look forward to hearing from our "fellow members".

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peggy113
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   Posted 11/1/2007 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys --- can anyone answer any of Dolce's questions...   I can't.

Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Irish_Mom
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 11/1/2007 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
A rectocele is where the front wall of the rectum pushes into the vagina. An enterocele is when the small intestine pushes against the upper wall of the vagina. It's rare for them to come back after surgery, but it can happen if you get constipated and have to push to have a BM or if you get pregnant and have a vaginal delivery - the 'pushing' thing again. Did you have pain during intercourse before the surgery? If so, that doesn't always go away after having the surgery. If it were me, I'd probably get checked by my GYN doc.
Terri
 
_________________________________________________________________________________
Breast Cancer at 36. Diagnosed in 2000. Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Total colectomy in September 2007 for colonic inertia.
Son diagnosed with Crohn's and UC at 17 (now 20). Taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups.
Husband HLA B27 postive with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.


Amey
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   Posted 11/1/2007 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow Terri! That was very helpful. I have always wondered what others were talking about when this subject was brought up. Thank you!

Sorry Dolce..I cannot help you. I wish I had some words of encouragement. Keep seeking for the answers. I am sure you will find them.

Best Wishes to you. :o)
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


summerstorm
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   Posted 11/1/2007 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
i can't answer questions either, but i can say that i hope you feel better sonn

Irish_Mom
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Total Posts : 385
   Posted 11/2/2007 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Amey

Thanks. The knowledge comes from working in a doctor's office and doing medical transcription for 12 years.


Terri
 
_________________________________________________________________________________
Breast Cancer at 36. Diagnosed in 2000. Bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.
Total colectomy in September 2007 for colonic inertia.
Son diagnosed with Crohn's and UC at 17 (now 20). Taking Asacol and 6MP with Prednisone and Rowasa added during flareups.
Husband HLA B27 postive with ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis.

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