frequent BMs after re-section

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life scar
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   Posted 4/18/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
It has been just 12 months since I had my re-section after having colon cancer and the "bag" for 3 months.  My problem now is that if I'm not constipated, I have to run to the loo up to 5 times within an hour and also throughout the night. Although it isn't watery stools (just small and soft) but with the number of times I end up with a really sore bum which I refer to as "razor blades".  It really is quite painfull.  I have tried Vaseline and antiseptic cream on but doesn't help. there someone who has had this problem and can suggest something. confused
I am not on any medication apart from a sleeping tablet at night.  (otherwise no sleep).
Also while I'm here....there is still a lot of discomfort from my staple scar, is this normal??
Thanks and peace & good health to all of you.

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   Posted 4/20/2008 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Annie, I can relate----I've found relief with Desitin--good for baby diaper rash and adult bottoms! As for your incision,cocoa butter massaged in along the suture line may help---if not a dermatologist could inject line with some steroid solution to soften it. Good luck, I'll keep you in my thoughts! Jannette.

life scar
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   Posted 4/20/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much Jannette, I haven't heard of Desitin (I am in Australia) but will certainly check out for an alternative as it really can be a pain in the butt can't it? ;)
I'll pick up some cocoa butter this morning though!
It sure is great to be able to contact others in or have been in a similar situation, what a wonderful site this is.

Good health!

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   Posted 4/20/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Your description of "razor blades" is a dead ringer for fissures.  You might want to try an ointment that has lidocaine in it for numbing.  Better yet consult with your surgeon or GI for treatment.


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life scar
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   Posted 4/20/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply Sue, I'm going to see Dr. in the morning.

It sure sounds like you have been through the mill.

God Bless!

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