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   Posted 2/6/2008 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everybody
I had a foot of my small intestine removed three weeks ago and I am currently in recovery. However, I noticed that I developed chronic diarrhea since the surgery. Has anybody developed this after their surgery? I am planning on calling my doctor, but thought I would just ask around too.
Appreciate any responses.

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   Posted 2/6/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not had such surgery, but I have seen a number of posts here that indicate that chronic D is a common symptom after it as your gut adjusts to the new length/surgical trauma. Also you have lost some of the surface that used to absorb liquids, so it is not surprising that it would take some  adjusting. Perhaps others who ahve experienced post-op D will weigh in.

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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I had 3 feet taken out and thats normal it will slow down as your intestine gets adjusted to it.
Crohns for 11 years
1 surgery so far
2 times in hospital for blockages
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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   

From what I know of the resections that is normal .  My hubby had D for a long while after his surgeries but it subsided. 3 weeks out, that is awesome, it is behind you pun intended,  well maybe just a wee bit.


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   Posted 2/6/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my resection 4 wks ago tomorrow.  I've had diarrhea ever since surgery too.  I saw my surgeon and gi doc this week and both think that things will slow down as time goes by and my body adjusts to it's "new way of life".   I had 18inches of my ti and right colon removed.

31year old female
CD of Terminal Illeum and Rectum Diagnosed 12/04
Illeocolonic Resection 1/08  (18 inches of terminal illeum, illeocecal valve, right colon)
Current Meds: Pentasa, Fosomax, Iron, Vitamin b12 injections, Vicodin

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   Posted 2/6/2008 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes it will slow down.  I have had 3 resections over the years.  The first took out half my stomach and the first few inches of my small intestine..  That was the worst due to what is called dumping syndrome.  For that I had to drink and eat at separate times.  Also, cut out caffiene can be a big help.  Eventually it will clear up.  By the way, I take bentyl (an anti spasmodic) to prevent the dumping syndrome.
I also try to sit still for about 30 to 45 minutes after eating a meal.  (Read that "take a short nap".)
Good luck.
Diagnosed with Crohn's of Duodenum at U of M Ann Arbor in 1978.  Multiple small bowel blockages since then.  3 surgeries for blockages  (resections) including 1978.  On Azathioprine (Azasan) at 250mG per day,  Finally tapered off Prednisone (Hopefully). 

Mormor Vicky
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   Posted 2/6/2008 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I had my resection about 1½ years ago.  I also read that it can take up to a year to totally heal for this kind of surgery.  That's about right in my case.  As the months ticked away I realized I was feeling better and better.  Still have minor problems but I guess that is just going to be my norm from now on.  Don't rush it.  It will get better. 

Vicky / 48 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (27) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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   Posted 2/6/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my resection in July 07 and things are getting back to "normal" now. At first I couldn't leave the house for hours after eating because I never knew when it was going to hit. At this point I can eat out and not have any issues. The further out you get, the better the D will get. My GI says this is completely normal and expected! GOODLUCK!
Fibromyalgia DX March 2003
Crohn's DX Jan 2006 (Symptoms since 96-Misdiagnosed as "female" problems-Major flare during pregnancy in 05 which lead to DX)
1st resection July 2007
Currently on Remicade/8 weeks

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   Posted 2/6/2008 7:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a resection in Oct of last year. I had the D for at least three weeks. Some days it was worse than others running to the bathroom every half hour or so but it did get better. It will for you too. Just give it some time.

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   Posted 2/6/2008 11:17 PM (GMT -7)   
In about 6 weeks time, I had my gallbladder out, then 5 wks later my appendix and 12 inches of my small bowel removed. That was 5 yrs ago and I ended up with chronic diarhea. Sometimes the lomotil helps and the Bentyl. I tried Questran and some of the others but it did not help me.Everyone I know has the big D for a bit after surgery, then it should slow down. Susie

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   Posted 2/7/2008 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   

I just wanted to thank all for your responses. It makes me feel so much better to hear it from people who have gone through with the surgery. In my case, it is just funny because I never had the diarrhea associated with Crohn's Disease. I actually was constantly bloated and constipated due to a massive stricture. Since they removed the stricture and the fistula mass, I have developed the chronic diarrhea. Does it ever end? I just want some time of normalcy, but I guess it just isn't going to be with this disease. I'll get through it as I have gotten through everything else. I'll manage this diarrhea too. Fun, Fun!

Thanks again.


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   Posted 2/8/2008 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the post, Jasper01. I was about to post the same question before I did a search that took me to this forum.

Two weeks ago, I had to have emergency bowel resection due to several obstructions in my small intestine and ileum. Since then, I have had horrible diarrhea for over a week. I keep thinking something is wrong. But from what I've read here and on other forums, it's part of the healing process. Great, huh? =) Now, I just need to find a way to replinish my electrolytes.

I hope you (and I) both feel better soon. Good luck!!!

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   Posted 2/8/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Lakergal

Sorry to hear about your surgery and ordeal.

Well I guess in the long run, we will both feel much better. It all just takes time from what I have been reading and from the replies above. Sometimes I like to push it because I'm bored to tears from not working and not being able to do much because I'm chained to a toilet, but I'm so looking forward to getting my life back soon.

Take care and feel free to keep in touch.


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   Posted 2/8/2008 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
i had 7" of my small instestine removed, as well as my appendix in april of 2002. i still to this day have chronic D, but it was much, much more servere (read: not even the slightest bit solid) and more frequent (read: once every 45mins or less) shortly after the surgery.

it appears that most people that posted in here have reported the chronic D subsiding after a few weeks. perhaps i'm just not as lucky. :(
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   Posted 2/27/2008 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. Have the D slowed down? I'm better than before, but I still go about 4x's a day. =( Hope you're recovery process is better than mine.

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   Posted 2/28/2008 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   



It slowed down a little, but is still there probably as much as you. It is annoying. I have to go back to work in a couple of weeks so I'm hoping to be 100% by that time. This was a hell of a surgery.

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   Posted 2/28/2008 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I hate to tell you, but I've had severe diarrhea for almost 30 years. Never had it until after my first surgery back in 1979. After my second resection a couple of years ago it is even worse. I hope I am the exception. It has severely impacted the quality of my life.

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   Posted 2/28/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   

hello nruth:

sorry to hear about that and I thank you for the reply. I'm trying to be optimistic and hope that the surgery gives me many, many years of good health, but, in the back of mind, I always wonder.


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   Posted 2/28/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I also had surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago and removed half my cecum, appendix, TI and Ileocecal valve. I've also had D since surgery but it is definitely calming down. I actually had a "normal bm" a few days ago and then went back to the D, but only a couple times a day (it is really crampy also? do you feel really crampy as things are moving thru?) I thought that I might share some info the dietician gave me to take home after surgery. It was a printout that would be for someone that had an ileostomy surgery, but it was a really good guideline to follow.
*need to drink at least 2 more cups of fluid per day than you were before surgery. (eg. of variety of fluids are: fruit smoothies, vegetable juice, herbal tea, soup, fruit juice, milk (if tolerable).
*more potassium and sodium intake is important due to diarrhea. Eat or drink at least 1/2 cup of one high potassium food or drink every day unless otherwise advised from doctor. (eg. beverages - apricot nectar, hot cocoa, orange juice and vegetable juice ( l love v8 juice and drink a few glasses a day, I think it has helped absorb some of the fluid in my bowels)  Food: Kiwi, melon, nectarine, orange, parsnip, yam, potatoe, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoe, tomatoe, avocado, banana and papaya. ( alot of these fruit I am too nervous to try yet but potatoe, yam, banana, avocado are good so far.)
* foods that help slow diarrhea and thicken output: cheese (aged), white rice, noodles, yogurt,tapioca pudding, smooth peanut butter, marshmallows!! ( I thought that one was weird!) To avoid: prunes (no really!!?) and licorice, caffeine (coffee, cola, strong tea, chocolate) alcohol and smoking.
* adding soluble fibre helps thicken output. Some good examples are: banana, peeled apple,applesauce, strawberries. Canned peaches,pears, apricots and mandarins. Carrots, potatoe (no skin), eggplant. Oats (in cereal, muffins or bread), cheerios (I love a bowl each day with Lactaid milk), rye bread or enriched white bread. Peanut butter ( I eat peanut butter/banana sandwich or toast each day), hummus, split pea soup. Can also add Benefibre or Metamucil (tsp each day).
*tips: chew food well and small bite size pieces, eat small meals more often. Don't try to be a superhero and enjoy conveniently packaged food: eg. canned soups, stews, canned fruit, ready made puddings.
*she also recommended a daily Zinc lozenge - 10 mg daily. She said it helps with the healing process? I have taken  some but definitely not everyday. It is cherry flavoured and helps fight colds also.
Well sorry it was long winded but hope some of this might help even a little bit. Well now I'm off for a little walk outside, my husband is making me get some fresh air since I have been housebound all week! Did I mention Little walk  uggh!!
Take care and talk to you soon.
40 yr old wife and mom to two boys 8 & 10
symptoms since the age of 19
officially diagnosed with crohn's Feb/2006
meds: pentasa 500mg 2 x 3day
Surgery-Feb11/08 (resection)

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   Posted 2/28/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Did any of you guys have a colostomy bag after your resections?
Love bionic

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   Posted 2/28/2008 2:58 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the tips, shelley. i try to drink more fluids, and i take a multi-v everyday. jasper01, i go back to work in about a week and 1/2. hopefully, things will slow down or else i'll have to take many breaks. =( i'm hoping the surgery will give me many, many, many years of good health too; however, i share your fears as well.

no colostomy bag, bionic.

good luck,

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   Posted 2/29/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Bionic: yes, I had a colostomy bag for 6 weeks. Luckily it was temporary. I then had about 20 years of remission, no pain, but always the diarrhea.

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   Posted 3/1/2008 2:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Bionic I had an illeostomy bag for 4 months after my surgery lord I detested it the leaking and burning and ulceration. I had to wake my hubby up in the middle of the night to change the bed after i had showered and fixed a new bag. I swore that I would never again complain about D or C lol this I do on a daily basis and the biggest winge is the burnt heamerriods. You learn to live through the proceedure but you never forget or I never have it is my biggest fear of reoccuring surgeries.

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   Posted 3/1/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -7)   
i had a tmp illeostomy afta my resection,jst had it reversed a fw weeks ago 14 feb,still gt D bt i dnt go often,had a blockage so b careful wat u eat,i miss my bag lol stick to plain foods lke mashed potatoe etc
dx 17th August 2007,after 2 years of syptoms 20 yrs old 100mg azamun,40mg,losec,3000mg pantasa,20mg prednisone,9mg entocort

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