HELP - wife has rectum removed and constantly on toilet! what to do?

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   Posted 1/12/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   

my wife had ovarian cancer and during surgery they also had to remove the rectum. Stoma wasnt necessary. Rest of her intestine is intact and working.

Four months after the operation, the wounds have practically healed. But now she has constantly the urge to go to the toilet; about 30-40 times a day! She is only in bed, because getting up means for sure toilet only.

Most of the times she does have solid stool, but very little. Doc says that it should go better in time when the rest of intestine takes over the role of rectum. I guess it doesnt help that she still needs to do chemo therapy as well.

But how long does it take to get better? What can she do in the meantime to go down on the toilet frequency? Please help, it is driving her crazy.

thnks so much for your feedback.


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   Posted 1/12/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
my daughter has a illostomy and it got twisted so she needed more surgary to untwist it after that she was emptying her bags lots and lots and they were filling up with just like water drs put her on codeine and loperamide to try and slow the out put down but this had little effect they keep on saying the same it takes time to settle well i can finally say it has settled but it took 7 months to calm down so hopefully your wife will get there in the end
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   Posted 1/12/2010 3:53 PM (GMT -7)   
The more she can get up and walk the sooner the healing. I'm sure the chemotherapy doesn't help w/her energy levels but there is danger too in constant bed rest. Her muscles are going to atrophy w/o enough activity and exercise. I do NOT mean she needs to exercise tho. In her condition I'm sure just gentle walking around the house to build up her strength and protect those muscles from atrophying will also help w/the healing. Encourage her to walk as much as she can. Walking should help more stool move thru faster so that the need to go becomes less frequent and more BM is passed w/each movement.

Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.

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