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   Posted 12/10/2011 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Just 48 hours after my surgery I had waves of pain in the lower abdominal area. 8 to 9 on the pain scale. Turns out it was either bladder or bowel spasms. I was up all night, literally, and in severe pain, nausea, and bloating of the abdomen. Now 12 hours later, I have passed gas and had a bowel movement and feel pretty good.

The point I want to make is that this is no small "discomfort". If it happens to you, it will eventually go away once your bowels begin to work.

A nurse suggested 1/2 tsp of cinnamon in a glass of hot water?

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   Posted 12/10/2011 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you eat solid food prior to BM ?

Cleveland Clinic keeps you on liquid diet until first BM.


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   Posted 12/10/2011 7:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Goodlife on the solid food advice, I was told to stay away from solids until I cleared out. I was in the hospital for 4 1/2 days without a BM. It finally happened on about day 6 or 7 if I remember. I have had lots of experience with bladder spasms in my twisted journey. I will attest, that they can easily be a 9 or 10 on the pain scale. Unforuntately, the first 2 years after surgery, I experienced several thousands of them, some lasting a few seconds, others more than 2 minutes at the time. I was on ditropan forever, which helps, but doesn't eliminate them. Sounds like you are through the worse of that part of your recovery, thank goodness.

david in sc
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10

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   Posted 12/11/2011 3:32 AM (GMT -6)   
How much pain relief were you on and did you take any extra?

With all these BM issues I wonder if anyone who is still in the planning stage prior to surgery wants to mention to their surgeon that in Holland I was not dealt with the same way as everyone in the US seems to be dealt with.

I have just reread all my notes and thus am sure that I had no bowel-related pain.

I was not given laxatives before surgery nor told to starve or stay away from solids afterwards.
I ate/drank normally the day before surgery. My surgery was at 11.30am and I had breakfast at 7am (followed by a BM) at 7pm that evening I had chicken rice and green beans at 7pm. Next day I had breakfast, lunch and tea as normal and a BM the follwing morning (44 hours after surgery). Only difference was that I to drink about twice as much as normal for the first 24 hours after surgery, and then a bit more than normal while the catheter was still in.

Age dx 48
04/09 PSA 8.6, DRE neg. Biop 2/12 pos. G=3+3
07/09 RALP at AVL Amsterdam
Cath out at 1wk Dry at night
PostOp G=3+4 Bladder neck & Left SVI -T3b. No PNI No vasc.inv. Clear margins
09/09 No pads
11/09 PSA 0.1
03/10 PSA 0.4 04/10 CT.
Summer/10 66Gy SRT
09/10 PSA<0.1
01/11 PSA<0.1
04/11 PSA<0.1
07/11 PSA<0.1
10/11 PSA<0.1
No real ED
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