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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 7/26/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Well,  I had the surgery on the 16th.  My doctor removed 8 inches of my colon.  He was fantastic!  The worst part was removing the drainage tube.  I have never had any pain like that.  So far, so good.  I am still having loose stools though.  How long does it take?  This room made it happen.    Thanks everyone!

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   Posted 7/27/2009 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tia, so glad everything went well for you when i had my resection 15 yrs ago i had loose stools and it has always been like that since. i went to my docs after being like that for 12 years and he gave me Lomotil which was great I had a right hemi colectomy which i think is most of the right side of the colon removed so that could be why i get the D. someone else maybe able to help you out on how long it will take to get it back to normal hope you get a really long remmision out of it Bev x
Diagnosed with crohn's at 13 now 42
resection, right hemi 1993 In remmision from 93 till last sept with no meds or docs
2 resections small bowel  and fistula jan 09 and given temp stoma. B12 shots,iron syrup,loperimide, Back on citalopram 40mg (for Anxiety)No maintainance drugs.

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   Posted 7/27/2009 6:27 AM (GMT -7)   
It usually takes your body about 6-8 weeks to adjust to the changes caused by the surgery. Give yourself time, and usually (but not always) the diarrhea gets better in time.

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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, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 8/7/2009 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my surgery the second week in May. My bowels are still unpredictable - but it has gotten better in these last few weeks. Still loose, but not as often/hard to control.
Diagnosed with Crohn's for 13 Years
First Resection 05/19/09 - Currently Medication Free!

Lupus for Two Years

Tried prednisone, flagyl, pentasa, imuran, and Humira

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Date Joined Sep 2006
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   Posted 8/7/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't gained any weight yet.  I know that it takes time.  It has only been 3 weeks.  I don't have any cramping!!  Yeah!  Just D.  What a blessing.  I'll take it!  Thanks

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 8/7/2009 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I continued to have loose stools after my colon resection last year. The biggest problem for me didn't really seem to be the loose stools, but the GAS. There was just NO holding that crud back and I disgraced many of my poor panties trying to get to the bathroom before my butt 'blew' everything out.
The *thing* that I feel really helped to firm up my stools was using a pro-biotic, in addition to taking two Imodium caplets every 12hrs, when I took my probiotic. Align didn't do much for me, but Phillips' "Colon Health", 1 capsule every 12hrs worked very well for me.

Right now, I'm having The Big D moving through me like WATER. I *need* to slow things down and am contemplating upping my Imodium and Colon Health to every 8hrs, and possibly every 6hrs until I can get things slowed down.
Best of luck to you,
Heidi =^..^=
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry......I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  (asacol, hi-doses pred, colazol, 6MP=jaundice, remicade)  No remission. 
5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's. 
Changed maintenance med to Methotrexate (MTX) and am remaining manageable with 2tabs Immodium and a probiotic capsule every 12hrs.

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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/28/2010 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a resection last July and still have loose bowels. I read that immodium and Colon Health by Phillips were good to address the issue. The Immodium scares me a little but I have begun taking the Colon Health. Anyone else try these?
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