Posted 10/15/2010 11:30 AM (GMT -6)
Had a small bowel resection and colon resection 3 weeks ago, sure enough I have incontinence and explosive Diarreah in the mornings only. Wear Depends overnight and the first I do in the morning is go to the throne.
I eat a small breakfast and go back to the throne. The rest of the day is normal.
A resection will get the intestines "together in the flesh" but the nerve endings are not, so the signals from the upper bowel to the lower bowel are all screwed up.
All this surgery trauma is going to trigger a flurry of scarring activity, Chrons included. It is difficult to separate normal healing from scar and the Chrons.
A Dr that will say to you to come back in 6 months is completely wrong. YOU NEED AGGRESSIVE TREATMENT FOR THIS, I made that mistake and I am paying or it
here is the additional side effects:
Diarreah - Since you have been on a low fiber diet, now you have to reverse course, By week 2 you should slowly crank up the metamucil, first once a day then increase as you reach week 3. The internal anastamosis should be completely healed by then.
If you go with Diarreah for more than 2 days, slow it down with 1 dose of Lomotil or Imodium, but only for one day, then if the Diarreah returns, wait 2 days and back to Imodium.
Potassium - Often ignored, I came many times to 2.5 level which can cause cardiac arrhythmia, make sure your Dr prescribes clinical strength potassium, each of these "horse pills" equals about 8 of the over the counter Potassium pills. Take Magnesium pills which help absorb the potasium.
Ensure - I bow to the "temple of Ensure" This is the wonder drink to get your weigth and strength back. I know of two people that have lived of Ensure ONLY, no other foods !
Walk or ride stationay bike - On week 3 I am up to 2 miles a day, 4 intervals. This helps the bowels realign, get circulation going and bring your energy back.
By the way I also had a drain put in with the live needle going into the belly, they gave me Fentanyl which was 150 times more powerful than morphine...Unbelievable this drug, never seen anything like it !