Does your quality of life improve after a colectomy????

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   Posted 7/12/2008 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I have Colonic Inertia. All I know is i am so miserable right now, 9 more days until I go to gi dr. and then 2 wks after that I gotta go back to my dr. I feel so hopeless, uncomfortable and in alot of pain, so the surgery is my only hope for relief. Does life get better after surgery? or am i just doomed........ confused

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   Posted 7/12/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you have Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis, or Colonic Inertia? I had Crohn's for 7 years, and my life has been wonderful ever since I had a colectomy two years ago.

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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   Posted 7/12/2008 11:24 PM (GMT -6)   
my life is much better after surgery

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   Posted 7/13/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have colonic inertia (motility disorder), too.  Before surgery, I was constipated and had lots of bloating, too.  I had a colectomy last August and I'm thankful everyday for how lucky I am now.  Surgery went great, even though I had to have open surgery.  I have daily bowel movements now, walk every day, and watch what I eat.  I am healthier than ever.  I have lost weight, too, which I needed.  I'll pray that you get to feeling bunches better soon.

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   Posted 7/13/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
my diagnosis was Crohn's, but WOW life is SO MUCH better post colectomy!

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   Posted 7/14/2008 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
3 weeks post op and i agree i am sooooooooooo glad it is over with and i did it. I feel better in the since that my poop dont stay in me for weeks now. i go several times a day. not runny just loose. so it is perfect now. I would recommend it. . It is not an easy surgery but it is worth it.

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   Posted 7/15/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
life just started for me after i had my surgery :)
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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   Posted 7/15/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
you know matt, that is a good way to put it. I missed all of my 20's being sick, and i feel like now that i have a whole new chance to start over. and i am trying to pack all of the fun i should have had in the missing 8 years in a year!

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   Posted 7/19/2008 1:13 AM (GMT -6)   
My mom had a total colectomy a month ago and has regular daily bowels now but is having a hard time getting her appetite and energy back. Did any of you have this problem as well? What did you do or would you do?

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   Posted 7/19/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I was a couch potato for a good 6 weeks, then started to do a little more each day...I don't think I really was back to doing alot for a good 10 weeks or so.  But, once I did, I haven't stopped!  I had open surgery, so that does take a little longer to heal from.

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   Posted 7/21/2008 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had a open total colectomy too 2 months ago. Don't rush your mom. Give her time to heal up. A month is not enough to be back to your old ways, especially eating. If she's eating small meals , its okey sooner I tell you she would take more, base on my experience. I am now quite okey but not totally back to my routines, I am still aching on my back that I am still working on standing, or walking upright and not slouching.And also a bit sore where my belly button is but so far when it comes to eating, when I eat rice or potatoe, I have a good bowel movement but if its more on fruits and liquid stuffs, my poops excuse me...
watery but I could manage that.
Hope your mom will be well soon. Don't worry too much,her way to complete recovery is coming shortly.
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