Interesting tid-bits indeed. Thanks. Sure wish I could pinpoint my problems but my doctors swear it's because I no longer have a sigmoid, due to rectal cancer and also lost 15 inches of my colon. I have also read somewhere, years ago, that when doctors perform a major colon resection, as in my case (5 hour procedure), they give you the large incision (mine is vertical, at least 6 inches long, naval on down), then they pull out your intestines and lay them out onto your stomach. Then they can get to the area that needs resection. When they finish and put you back together, they can't put it all back inside the way it was before the incision. They can try but it will never be the same exact way you were "created". I remember when I read this on a medical website and thought - oh that's just great to learn. I am not put back together the way I was prior to cancer. Well.......I could have told my doctors that! Had they asked....or I knew anything about
all of this 9 years ago. Back then I was so new at this and wanted to just go back to my former eating habits - wrong, wrong!
I have come a long way since then. Mostly I just wish I had RAN to my already established Gastro doc when the very mild rectal bleeding started. I remember the exact day - Dec. 16, 1998. At a xmas party (discovered it when using the bathroom, which was odd because my period wasn't due for a few weeks). Had an appt. a few weeks later, for a different medical concern, told my Internist, he said oh it's probably just hemmoroids, you've had 2 vaginal births, it's probably just strain. Take extra fiber in your diet. Well, this is WHAT you want to hear. Time went on and something told me it wasn't just hemmoroids. So long story short, by the time I was diagnosed with rectal cancer, almost 4 months went by. FOUR Months. I wished I had called my Gastro guy ASAP. I had had benign polyps in 1997, now why did I call him? I didn't want to face something could be wrong I guess. And I wanted to believe it was the usual holiday stress of not eating right, etc.
But anywho, it would be great if we could all pinpoint our troubles, fix the problems and then we'd all be set. And feeling fine!
Post Edited (Marsky) : 9/12/2008 11:21:36 PM (GMT-6)