Had my colostomy reversal May 19, 2008

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/10/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I came to this board to find answers as to why everything is going through me so fast; bowel movements 7 or 8 times a day and I am not eating all that much.   My doctor did not apprise me of diet problems after the reversal.  Told me regular diet is ok.    So, I see lots of people have found marshmellows and Imodium to be of help, so I am going to try that.   I am at least glad to see that how I am reacting post surgery is common.  Yeh, I dont seem to have much warning in advance that I have to have a BM, so going places is going to be difficult for a while until I get this under control.  and oh, my rectum is so sore!!!   so I am glad I found this site and some advice.  I have Kaiser Permanente and have my first check up on June 19, a month from the surgery.
  oh, by the way, my reversal surgery went well until the 7th day, when I contracted a very bad bacteria called C-diff and I began to have diarrea every 10 to 20 minutes, like water, around the clock, so i had to return to the hospital and stay there under quarantine as it was very contagious.  It was a horrible infection, that took a week of antibiotics to get over and days of diarrea around the clock, and no sleep.  It was a nightmare.
   Now, I am having tummy aches before each BM and generally uncomfortable most of the time and running to the pot.  Lots of small size stools, about every hour.  Gotta get this under control!!!  

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 6/10/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
suebear can tell you this for sure, but from what i have heard about the j-pouch it is not uncommon to have lots of movements with some urgency at first. It takes a while to get your system adjusted. I would stay away from things like spinach or cabbage, fatty or greasy food, just anything that in general is hard to digest, for the next few weeks. When i had my ileo i had a six week time where i was supposed to be on a low residue diet, i am suprised your dr didnt' tell you about that. Also, other things that can slow you up are rice, bananas, french fries slow me up, and bread will also.
hope you get to feeling better!

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/11/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   

thank you.   rice, bananas, french fries.... I had fries last night for dinner with 1/2 a hamburger (no lettuce or tomato).   Seem to be better now as managed to keep it overnight and so far.  I also ate two marshmellows.... as suggested on this board.

  I donot know what a J-pouch is???  what is it?

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 6/11/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
cool  HI ALL 

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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 6/11/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Nervous?  I dont blame you but, even tho I am in misery right now because of stomach aches and too many BMs, It will all be worth it when it is over, to be normal.

  I had a hard time feeling sexy or having sex when I had the pouch. Myhusband is very understanding, thank goodness, and I am not a young girl.  I am 64.  Nice to wear regular clothes again that I dont have to worry about "hiding" the pouch.  how long have you had yours?  Why do you have it?  

 I ended up with a perforated colon, emergency, when i had mine, due to Diverticulitis.  

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