In hospital. Day 10 and no bowel movement

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ME!
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   Posted 10/31/2007 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I got my surgery to remove my colon Oct 22. They keep telling me my bowels will wake up and having me walk.

I'm off the pain pump and just getting shots as needed. The pain killers slow the bowel movement so I'm trying to not get a lot and do relaxing techniques for the pain.


I have gas so bad. I'll burp but no farts. The doctor said small intestines is swollen and the parts that are narrower make it harder for things to pass thru.


How long did you take for your bowels to wake up?

I'm so afraid this pain will never go away and it's worse than before the surgery.

Irish_Mom
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   Posted 11/1/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Me,

Sorry to hear that you're still in the hospital. Walking is the best thing for the gas and for getting things to wake up. I was up walking the same day as surgery. If fact, the nursing staff had to tell me to go to bed a couple of times. LOL  I don't like hospitals and never can sleep in them, so I figured that I might as well walk.

I had my surgery on September 10th and still having issues. My problem is that we think the anastomosis isn't opening like it should have. It was checked a few weeks postop and was the size of a pinkie. The surgeon said that it would open over the next three to four months, but I'm still having problems so I'm scheduled for a colonoscopy and dilatation on 11/12.

Hang in there...everybody's body is different. Keep us posted on how you're doing.


Terri
 
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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 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
ME,

It took my bowels 9 days to wake up. Have you been able to have clear foods to see if things will pass? I am so sorry that you are suffering and having to stay in the hospital so long. Hang in there and be patient. My Dr sent me home on the 9th day with no BM and I became very ill at home. Be thankful your Dr is keeping you there and watching over you. Do not let them send you home until you feel confident that you are able to pass foods and that your health is progresively getting better.
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


JudyK89
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   Posted 11/1/2007 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I went through this a couple times, and had someone sneak in food (once it was a nurse), usually a small icecream or yogurt. If you don't eat, you can't get the digestion process started. However, after saying that, you don't want to risk it if they think you've healed with a stricture, talk to your doctors and nurses and understand what they think is going on. Ask they if you can try something small.
Judy
49 years old, Crohn's Disease   
Six resection surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicadeback on 6MP for maintenance, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


ME!
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   Posted 11/1/2007 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the replies.

I have been walking. Walked 4 times yesterday. All it did was move the gas up into my chest. It gets it moving but it moves up instead of down and is very painful.

Yeah I'm very grateful they aren't sending me home. I'm in a lot of pain w/out the pain killers.

They are allowing me ice cream and yogurt. I even had some cream of wheat.

The doctor has ordered a Cat scan b/c he wants to make sure the intestines haven't twisted.

But fortunately I just went to the bathroom and had a runny bm. I think they wanted to go ahead w/ the Cat scan but I tried drinking that stuff and threw it up. I'm not going to be able to drink that stuff so I don't know what they'll want to do now.

Thanks again for all the feedback.

tbraz
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   Posted 11/1/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Me,
I had to have a cat scan with dye a week after my surgery because my white count was so high and they wanted to make sure I didn't have an infection. I had the worst gas pains in my abs after the CT, the radiologist had even called my nurse and told her not to give me anything by mouth because I had so much gas after the procedure. Heat packs and pain shot helped, but I was in horrible pain for 4-5 hours after CT! I pray that you don't have the same problem given you have gas pains now! Try walking as much as you can, it helps--my pain was in my shoulders as well! Good luck!
CD diagnosed in 1991
Only one serious flare up in 1998 and again in July 2007
Total colectomy August 2007 now saying UC
J-pouch surgery to be scheduled in 08


flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/2/2007 12:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Me,
I'm so sorry you're still in the hospital and are in a lot of pain. sad I went through the same thing after my ileostomy surgery. My bowels didn't wake up for 10 days, and the pain was excruciating. I asked the nurse for Gas-X, which, after checking with my doctor, they brought me, and it really helped.

Hang in there, things will start moving soon, and the pain will go away. Please keep us posted on how you're doing, and don't be afraid to tell the nurses when you're in pain, even if it's 3:00 in the morning! I'll keep you in prayer. What's your first name? That way I don't say, "Lord, I'm praying for Me tonight..." eyes

Take care,
Cecilia
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


ME!
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   Posted 11/2/2007 5:32 AM (GMT 0)   
LOL flchurchlady. That is funny to pray like that. My name is Kim :)

The nurse leaked me the cat scan results that there doesn't seem to be a blockage. Then at 6am this morning I bowels let loose. I woke up and it was all over.

The nurses came in and got me in the shower and then cleaned up my bed.

The stool was very bloody looking so I'm guessing that was just sitting in there and all of a sudden broke loose.

I am so hungry. Will see if I can eat something more substaintial than a liquid diet.

I don't have the bad gas pain now thank God. Maybe the bowels are waking up now.

Thanks everyone. I'll keep you posted. I appreciate your insights and prayers.

peggy113
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   Posted 11/2/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Kim,

CONGRATS!!!!   Woo-Hoo for you!  Maybe this is one step closer to going home now.  Good luck with your anything-but-liquid diet today.   Will be thinking about you.

 


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


ME!
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   Posted 11/2/2007 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'M HOME!!!

Bowels started moving this morning. I ate real food for lunch and dinner today for the first time in two years.

I feel like I'm on the road to getting my life back :)

Irish_Mom
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   Posted 11/2/2007 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   

Me

I was so happy to read that you're doing much better. My first few BM's were pretty bloody too. It's the 'leftovers' from the surgery.


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 11/2/2007 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
She's a pooper! Whoooo Hoooooo! Me, I am so excited for you! Keep us posted with your progress!
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


flchurchlady
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   Posted 11/3/2007 4:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Kim, that is GREAT NEWS!! I'm so happy for you!! yeah

Where else would you get this kind of celebration over a BM?!? tongue
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