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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 12/24/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I had surgery for my Crohn's on November 10th.  They took out almost 18 inches of my small intestine.  Since then, the pain is gone, but i feel like I am in the bathroom more than I was before.  Does it ever get any better?????

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   Posted 12/24/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes it is very common to have diarrhea for a bit after a resection. It just takes some time for your body to adjust to the changes. Most people will have the d slow down, but some folks continue to have more d. You might want to ask your doc about Questran if the d continues. Good luck!!!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 12/24/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Unfortunately for me the diarrhea never got any better. Questran helped for many years, though.

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/26/2008 8:03 PM (GMT -7)   
It takes a little while but it should get better! After my first resection I had a wonderful seven year remission. If it doesn't get better soon your GI should be able to give you something to help. Imodium also helps me...

Feel better soon!

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 12/26/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
It does and doesn't get better. In another month or so, you could start using VERY small amounts of Imodium (at least that's what my surgeon said at about month 3 after my surgery). I'm missing 18 inches too. It'll level out to an extent but the D is tons better then either gassy or constipated. Both of which hurt TONS more then the constant need to go. You can talk to your doctor about something more if imodium doesn't help.
27/f/CD. 4 CD related surgeries: 2 resections, 2 JP drains, 3 NG tubes, many absesses (including the one my most recent surgery scraped off my ovary) and fistulas.
Currently trying to figure out hip and knee joint pain.
Have lost in these surgeries: appendix, 8 in. intestine, R fallopian tube, gallbladder, 10 in. intestine
Crohns Dx'd: February 2008.
Pentasa (and much mental screaming)

Trying to hang in there until January so I'll have some insurance and can visit a rheumy, neuro, GI, primary, pain control, and possibly a shrink so I could stop crying and living in my own lil pity party. :-P

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 12/26/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
After i had my surgery i had d for about 2 weeks and since then i have it about once every 6-8 weeks and it lasts about a day, if that. My GI says i'm one of the lucky ones. But before my surgery i never had a problem with the D, it came and went every couple of months or so and never really lasted that long.

28 yr old male, father of 3yr old daughter and 17 old son.
Dx'd in 1998 w\ chohn's
resection of TI & stricturoplasty on Feb. 26, '08
MEDS: Remicade every 4 weeks, Pentasa 2000mgs/day,entocort 6mgs/day,Imuran 100mg/day, 1 multivitamin a day and fosamax once a week, nexium 40 mg/day, imuran 150mg/day

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