Still NOT totally feeling normal after surgery!

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   Posted 3/3/2009 6:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, its just slightly been over 4 weeks after my surgery and im worried that this is the best im going to feel!!!
I don't have any real pain but still just feeling bloated-full at times or maybe its just takes time to heal from my incision site and newly adapted inside.

Just wondered if others have had feelings like this after surgery and if the fullness feeling disappeared with time ?

The type of surgery i had was ileo cecal resection. Thanks all.
5mg Pred tappering over a 5 week period.
Resection 28th Jan 2008

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   Posted 3/3/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you are being a little over optimistic at this point. You are only 4 weeks out. I would give it more time. You have to remember they went in there and moved stuff all around, removed sections etc. Its take a while to recover from these types of surgery. I have had 2 resections myself, 3 years apart, and it took me over a year to adjust to the changes.

Also, I found I had to adjust my diet after the resections. I live on a low residue diet all the time, easy to chew, easy to digest. And by sticking to this diet I am doing much better.

Good luck,
Gail *Nanners*
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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 and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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   Posted 3/3/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Nanners - I went back to work 6 weeks after my resection but it probably took me a good 3 months or so to feel I was really back to normal in terms of eating.  I was definitely bloated for a long time, there was loads of trapped air in there from the surgery too!
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease in Sept 05 aged 24

Resection in Nov 06

Currently taking 125mg azathioprine, 30mg prednisolone (tapering), multivitamin, probiotics and omega 3
Previously taken Entocort, Flagyl, Cipro, Pentasa

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   Posted 3/3/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I remember my doc saying he didn't want to do another colonoscopy on me until it was 4 months after surgery. He said that it could take that long for everything to be healed and any surgical-inflammation to be gone.
diagnosed w/Crohn's 11/06. 35f with 2 boys and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bentyl, entocort, vicodin as needed, Humira, metoprolol for orthostatic hypotension and heart palpitations. Bowel resection 9/07. Active disease back, darn it 8/08. 11 year old son with IBS-C, on Bentyl.

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   Posted 3/3/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
After my surgery, I was never completely normal. I take Fibercon and Imodium to help control my loose stools that persisted. But those were my symptoms after surgery and I bet everyone is different. I also agree with the others that you really need to give it more time to see how you feel from here on out.
Dx Crohn's Disease in 2001 at age 14. Lost 3 inches of colon and 7 inches of ileum in 2004 bowel resection.

CD returns in October 2008 at age 22.

Current meds: Pentasa: 3000 mg; Fibercon: 2 pills 3x; Imodium: 2 pills 3x

Ineffective Drugs: Imuran, Entocort, Remicade

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   Posted 3/3/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
My grandfather was a doctor and he used to say that even though you might feel better sooner than a year, it takes the body a FULL year after major surgery to get back to normal. They took everything out, looked it all over to examine it, and then shoved it all back in. Now it has to re-settle itself back to where it belongs. Give it time.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 3/3/2009 3:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm feeling really well after 2 1/2 weeks. A little tender when there's any bumps from riding in the car or jolts to my body. Other than the "D" 3 times in the morning, the rest of the day is okay. Energy is near normal, appetite is there probably from the Prednisone. I'm watching my diet and trying to stay low residue until I see the Surgeon in 2 more weeks. I don't have any bloating , but my belly is like jelly due to the incision area.
I hope to continue to improve, I see my GI tommorrow going to ask when I can start my meds and vitamins again.
Hang in there Spiceman, I wish you the best in your recovery.
Keep us posted as I will do the same.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, B-12 injections every 8 weeks.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.

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   Posted 3/4/2009 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
i had a resection last august... my tummy took a fair while to return to normal. Definitely experienced bloating too. I think that your body goes through quite a shock with all the surgery and it takes awhile to rebalance itself and for scar tissue to heal... it's a long process!

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   Posted 3/4/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
4 weeks is not a long time at all. It took me that long just to clear the anesthesia out of my head and think straight. I also was weaned off of prednisone during my recovery which prolonged things too. It was months before I felt better and at least a year before I felt "normal", whatever that is anyway. I was only 25 at the time of my surgery and was scared to death to begin with so every little ache and pain set me into a panic. Finally, after 2 months, my aunt took me on a trip to St. Thomas with a bunch of her older friends, like having 6 mothers around taking care of me. I felt wonderful when I returned and I think that was really the beginning of my "healing". I was also planning a wedding for the following year and that helped immensely - just being busy. Eventually, as I resumed my life - work, social, etc. - I was too busy to pay attention to my recovery much and just got on with living again and taking advantage of the fact that for the time being, my disease was in remission. That was a very long time ago and I am still in remission!!

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   Posted 3/5/2009 3:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everybody for the replies, sure does reassure me loads. I guess it will take time to heal if others have felt the exactly the same after surgery.
5mg Pred tappering over a 5 week period.
Resection 28th Jan 2008

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   Posted 3/6/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know if you had laposcopic surgery, or trocars, or a regular incision -- but my last surgery, one of the surgeons casually mentioned that even though i could see no stitches on the outside (i had lapro with trocars, so a few 1 inch incisions) that I had literally hundreds of stitches internally!! That was amazing to me!! I didn't even have a resection, just adhesions removed -- so things are complicated and healing in there!! be kind to yourself!

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   Posted 3/6/2009 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an IC resection due to a tumor, not Crohn's and it took months for my body, especially my digestion, to return to normal.
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