1 Week following Take-down Surgery

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Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/13/2008 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

New to the forum - found that I could already be helpful for others. However, I am in the following condition currently:

Complete colon removal and j-pouch formation surgery September 2007.
4-5 months of learning the pouch system and the diet.
Last week, my doctor completed the take-down and closed my stoma.

I got out of the hospital on Saturday ONLY after I had walked, passed gas, eaten 2+ low-residue meals. I left the hospital with resident pain in my abdomen where the surgery took place, but other than that - I felt great and was very happy.

Beginning last evening up until right now, my urges to BM are extremely painful (last 10-20 seconds), but, I am almost able to control leakage completely. These episodes seem to happen closer and closer together and the pain is getting worse. Is this normal?? My doc said there would be leakage and lack of control, said nothing of pain though. Just worrying...

Thanks for any advice.

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 2/13/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm sorry you're having to deal with this pain and discomfort. I don't have experience with the take down, but hopefully someone who does can help answer your questions. If I know anything, it's that things will eventually get better. It might not be tomorrow, but that day will get here eventually. Keep your eyes on the horizon.

Hope you feel better!

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   Posted 2/13/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
You might want to contact your surgeon regarding the pain. Expect improvement on frequency to come in about 6 week increments for the first year. Recovery is tough but it will get better! Also you might want to visit the jpouch board at www.j-pouch.org There are over 6000 members on that site who can provide you with great support and advice.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

New Member

Date Joined Feb 2008
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   Posted 2/14/2008 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your responses Sue and Ash!
I will visit the j-pouch board - sounds helpful.

As for the pain - it is getting better now that I am taking Soma, prescribed today. My surgeon called me back to tell me it is somewhat normal to get painful muscle spasms which will gradually go away. For now, the muscle relaxant will help.
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