Two weeks out from surgery

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   Posted 6/7/2008 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone!  I had all but the sigmoid colon removed two weeks ago.  Was able to have it done laparoscopically which was a pleasant surprise... we had planned for open colectomy due to scar tissue.  Anyway... just had a few questions I hoped some of you could help me with.
-swelling:  I have a large area of swelling above the largest incision where they actually removed the colon.  The doc is sending me for an ultrasound to check out what is causing it (hernia or blood clot are possibilities).  Has anyone else experienced this swelling?
Pain in bottom/left hip:  I'm having a lot of trouble with pain in my lower back/bottom...mostly on the left side.  The doc said that it may be caused by how they had to move me during and after the surgery.  It's been about as painful as the actual surgical site and I'm wondering when such deep bruises or whatever it is get better.  Has this happened to anyone else?
-weight loss:  I'm losing a lot of weight although I'm able to eat just fine.  I've been shocked at how I can eat things that normally would cause me to gain weight, and yet I keep losing weight.  Is this common?  I love it! :)
-When did you guys start to have less pain and be able to start wearing jeans again?  My stomach overall just seems swollen and it feels like I'll never feel normal again.  I'd love to hear what your recovery times have been like.

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   Posted 6/7/2008 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
welli had some pain in weird places that i didnt' think would have anything to do with the surgery, but it seemed that it was from the fact that after you have a surgery like that, even though you may not notice it, you tend to walk sort of hunched over, to keep from pulling up your stomach, also you sit and sleep diffrently, and that can make you have weird aches.
It was probably about three weeks or so before i even tried to wear jeans. And about a month before they were actually comfy.

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   Posted 6/7/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I had some back pain - pretty bad pain, and the surgeon said that it was because of the operating table and the position they had me in and the length of time for the surgery. But mine was open surgery a long time ago, and I had my rectum removed at the same time.

As Summer said, I walked kind of hunched over for quite a while, and had to sit and lay in weird positions to find comfort.

It was a long time getting back into pants other than big elastic waisted shorts and lounge paints.

As far as gaining weight, I really battle that all the time.

Sounds like you are doing well - give yourself time to heal. One day you will wake up and say, gosh, I don't hurt so bad today. Keep moving and walking. I probably should have done more of that.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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   Posted 6/8/2008 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
i wish i was battling losing weight, if you need tips on how to gain weight, this is what to do
At least one milkshake or serving of ice cream per day. Fried food is a must, and lots of tartar sauce!
and it is very important to spend lots of time on the computer, not doing any physical activity, lol.
That has worked for me!

But really, if you are trying to gain weight, try those shakes that they sell at places like GNC, they are made to help you "bulk up" I am not sure how they would taste or anything, but after my husband had surgery for his shoulder, and ended up wtih horrible complications and lost a ton of weight, he was very very underweight, the dr jokingly told them to feed him butter. But what they ended up doing was getting some of those shakes, and it helped him gain weight pretty quickly.
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