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Date Joined Apr 2010
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   Posted 8/3/2010 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
So, I finally have a surgery date: August 9th at Mayo with Dr. Chua. They will be taking out at least 9 inches of SB and 3 inches of LB, maybe more if they have to. They are hoping to do laproscopy, which should mean less time in pain afterward.

This forum has been so great with advice, I will tell you what I know and if you guys could add to it that would be great.

What I've been told:
1- Walk as soon as you can
2- Use an extra pillow on your guts to help you turn/rollover
3- Don't strain for farts or BM
4- Stay near the bathroom
5- Get good pain meds before leaving the hospital
6- Be prepared for a few weeks of discomfort/pain/yuckiness
7- It will get better
8- Keep a close eye out for severe pain, fever, or other signs of infection
9- No heavy lifting/straining until two weeks after first "normal" poop
10- Keep people around you who will encourage you and lift your spirits
11- Be thankful for the 20ish feet of SB you have left
12- Schedule follow-up app. with GI
13- When this is all over, take your wife out for a nice dinner. She is going through this, too:-)

Anything else?

Again, thanks so much for all the support! If you are the praying type, I would ask that you pray for Dr. Chua on the 9th and for my recovery.

30yo/male/western NY
Dx with Crohns in 2001- Asacol and diet beat it into remission in 2004.
Nov. 2009- Crohns is back!
Medical Issues- ADHD, anxiety, depression, kidney stones
Meds- Vyvanse, Lexapro, Xanax, Darvocet, Cimzea

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   Posted 8/3/2010 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
First off you can definetely count on me for prayers for a successful surgery that leads to a long long remission. I would say no heavy lifting for about 6 weeks instead of two. I think that is pretty standard for either type of surgery. I think your list looks pretty good, but I will add one more! Make sure you get back on some kind of maintenance med afterwards so you don't have to have a repeat surgery anytime soon. I didn't take any meds after my 1st resection and ended up with another only 3 years later and don't want the same to happen to you. Hugs!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 8/3/2010 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Bring your pillow to hospital!

Do you like computer games? Go for it! You don't like? Give it a try.

I would add just that...
Male, 35 (lovely family of wife and two daughters)
Diagnosed in nov/94 - Started with Prednisone, followed by Pentasa, entocort, flagyl, Imuran, Cipro, etc.
Blockage (popcorn!!) - First Surgery 2001 (no ressection)
Severe bleedind - 2003 - Stopped by 60mg of Prednisone
Stricture leading to a ressection in Dec/2008 - Second Surgery
Now on Remicade + 100 75mg Imuran + Iron (doc said i'm in remission, but I'm not sure at all)

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   Posted 8/3/2010 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Best of luck to you. Bring your computer to the hospital so you can e-mail friends and family. It will pass the time.
d 1/09 with colitis sigmoid colon with some diverticular disease as well
IBS, high BP, fibromyalgia, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease
claritin, diovan, progesterone, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D, colazal, plaquenil, omeprazole for reflux, wellbutrin, 5 mg prednisone/day.
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel ASCA
Positive ANA, LOTS of joint pain followed by a recent set back with the colitis.

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Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 506
   Posted 8/3/2010 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
If possible, get a bed next to a window. Even watching TV and surfing the internet gets boring, and it's nice to look at something outside your room.

Excellent advice you have already.
Diagnosed with CD July 2007
Currently on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, folic acid, multivitamin.
Resection December 2009

Amor fati - Nietzsche

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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 88
   Posted 8/3/2010 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Ziggy, I'm getting mine done on the 12th Aug in United Hospital.... Mayo would've been nice though lol Love all the advice all helps so much! We can compare op's after lol
I'm not looking forward to the "Prep" either got a big gallon jug of Colyte waiting here for me ewww ..... My daughter had a colonoscopy done today back in Scotland ....she only had 2 glasses of Picolax to take!!!
I wish you a speedy recovery .... :-)

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Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 1289
   Posted 8/3/2010 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
good luck!!!
36 year old male living in AZ.  Diagnosed with Crohns at age of 15.
Currently on 30 mg prednisone.  still taking Asacol.  Just had 3rd Remicade infusion 3 weeks ago
In the middle of a bad flare now for over a year...lost almost 30 lbs. -- gained most of it back now.

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Date Joined Jul 2010
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 8/4/2010 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Ipod or MP3 player was good for me too - especially in that gap between getting woken up at 6 am for breakfast (even if you are NBM) and the doctors morning rounds!
Diagnosed in 2005 after many years of wrong diagnosis (Gastric Migraines, IBS etc). One resection emergency surgery 3 months after diagnosis due to blockage.
Just taking Questran (colestyramine) with cranberry juice daily and the occasional immodiums now (I have them in every bag).
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