Initially, everything was going very smoothly after my resection. However, after 6 days of diarrhea, I have been developing increasingly severe rectal pain with BMs. I kept track yesterday - 10 BMs, diarrhea for the most part. The rectal area must be raw because the pain is excruciating when I have a BM and for about 15 minutes thereafter, with a lower level of pain continuing, until I have another BM and it starts all over again. I went to my colorectal surgeon today (5 days early). I hadn't eaten anything for ~19 hours, to keep the pain level down, so I wasn't crying in pain when I was at his office. He told me to eat small frequent meals, eat binding type food, drink in between meals only and take immodium and Fibercon. I'm really trying, but the pain continues. I'm taking sitz baths after every BM. The immodium hasn't helped and the Fibercon (only took one pill so far) caused cramping and maybe even diarrhea. My husband's trying to get me to eat some rice, but I can't bear the thought of eating, because what goes in must come out. I tried some rectal cream with steroid/lidocaine, but that caused such intense burning, I'm not using it again. This is the worst pain I've ever experienced. I had no idea that recovery would be this horrible.
Has anyone ever experienced this extreme rectal pain related to diarrhea post-resection? I'm ready to go back to the hospital and get an IV, and give my poor gut a rest. Any suggestions?
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Ileocolectomy 4/08.