IBS_sucks - well don't necessarily think you'll fall into my situation if you get your GB out. Less than 5 or 10% have post-removal yellow bile D. And yet I don't think I have it, you're apparently supposed to actually see the yellow bile remnants and mucous (sorry for that detail), in your stool and it may burn when exiting but I've never had that symptom. Never.
The reason why I am revisiting why I am in such dire straits, is maybe you can still have these post-removal symptoms w/o yellow bile? That's really my main question. I was hoping someone would say they've never had the yellow bile discharge either.
My surgeons and all the doctors/nurses, etc. have always told me that w/o your natural God-given sigmoid, stool has virtually no where to collect, back up and then ideally be released once or twice a day. I have at best only 10% left of my old sigmoid. The area where my stool "collects" for a loose term, is now very narrow and small in size, in the part of my pulled down, newly created lower colon/rectal area. I can feel it slide down and after 15 minutes I have serious pressure to go. I've often tried to hold it for longer and that's when I have accidents.
The way I've approached my situation is to accept the fact that I will have multiple bm's per day, for the rest of my life, as long as I continue to eat solids that is. So now my goal has been to keep the stool easily passed, not messy, but not D, so I can use any ordinary public bathroom. Which is why the LRD and Colace used to work great for me. Along with the evening probiotic for good measure.
I think I may make an appt. for my colon specialist over the summer (I work for a school district and I know she will instruct me to do one or two enemas before examining me, so I'd need the entire day off of work). Maybe I could ask her to pretend I have just come to her and see what she'd recommend today, 12 years later after my surgery (my orig. surgeon moved to Atlanta 6 months after my surgeries, sometimes I'd love to talk to him).
Thanks for your reply and also Ruth (again, welcome to the forum).
Post Edited (Marsky) : 4/16/2011 6:33:50 AM (GMT-6)