Posted 11/29/2007 5:42 PM (GMT -6)
I'll spare you the tale of woe leading up to a resection. The surgeon was fab. The first doctor I'd spoken to in ages who could describe my symptoms in advance, and the first who was matter of fact about surgery. You see, after a while, the problem is mechanical and only surgery solves it.
Prep was easy. Not even the IV hurt. When I was fully-awake, I could feel that a tremendous stone had been lifted from my belly! Spent...I think...two days in the hospital with very, very little pain. The biggest problem was that feeling of having to pee even though I had a catheter. TMI?
Well, got home and was fine with just Tylenol! What a huge relief!
Things have been pretty much fine ever since. I have had a few times when I needed a bout of Prednisone, but that's it.
Oh, nearly forgot something. about a year after surgery, I had big trouble with the runs. Uncontrollable. Yuck! The doc thinks it's because over all the years I've had close to three feet removed. (The last resection found about 10 inches glommed together with inflammation. It's a wonder I could eat anything at all. Other surgeries were many, many years ago.) Some people don't process fats very well, with fewer intestine. Usually, problems with that happen right after surgery but I was not the average bear, I guess.
Anyhoo, I was given Colestid, a colesterol medicine with the side-effect of being constipating. Did the trick! I need only a tiny bit every day. It goes down fine in juice. Easy Peazy.
Picture yourself happy, with a happy pink calm gut. I hope all goes well for you!