3 weeks post op still in lots of pain...

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   Posted 6/29/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm hoping that someone can offer me some advice here. As of today I am 3 weeks post op (illieostomy and appendix removal). Anyways last week I was starting to feel really good, I was eating like a horse and I was no longer taking pain meds.

For the last 4-5 days I have been in a lot of pain in the abdominal area, in and around the incision, I have had great difficulty peeing (it doesn't hurt to go it just takes forever to get things flowing), and now I'm noticing that my appetite has really gone down hill. I have to force myself to eat. I've also noticed that the output from my stoma has gone back to being very liquid. So now I'm back to popping pain pills (tylenol and percacet) like candy and I've really cut down on my moving around. I'm spending the majority of my day laying on the couch or in bed.

For those that have been through this is this a normal problem as the ab muscles start healing and working again? I have a call in to my surgeon but I highly doubt I will hear anything back today so I would really appreciate some advice from the knowledgeable people on the board!!
29 year old male, UC diagnosed after bad flare in Summer 2005, quickly brought into remission by pred and salofalk. 2 years symptom free after that!!
Bad flare started summer 07 and led to emergency surgery June 08 after ruptured colon.

Previous UC meds.... Salofalk, Imuran, Remicade, Buscopan, Pantoloc, Prednisone, etc...

Currently living with and ostomy and completely med free!!

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   Posted 6/29/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Be sure to push lots of fluids ... ie. water. Could you be getting a little dehydrated making you feel crappy and no appetite? It doesn't explain the pain, but sometimes scar tissue forming during the healing process can cause discomfort. Try to keep moving a little. Maybe lay down flat and roll from one side to your back to your other side. Sometimes that will help. Trapped gas can cause awful pain -- rolling will help that too.

Do you have a fever? Did you do the "pinch" test to check for dehydration? Any other symptoms? Leg cramps? Do you have lots of gurgling noises from the intestine? Is your abd. distended or swollen?

Try to eliminate all caffeine and sugar... both will cause diarhea. I know this from years of experience. Try the foods that will help to solidify your output: oatmeal, rice, pasta, potatoes. But most importantly, drink fluids: water, gatorade, etc. If you are loosing that much fluid, your electrolytes are probably wacked out. Try to get them replenished.

It wouldn't hurt to touch base with your surgeon/doctor tomorrow morning. Labs can tell if you are dehydrated. Let us know what happens....
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 6/29/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
the peeing is most likely related to you being dehydrated. The pain may be gas, or you could be getting a bladder/kidney infection. For some reason those are common after surgeries, maybe because of the catheter?
like peggy said though, Drink drink drink!
hope you feel better soon
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