I had pain for 4 straight weeks after my colon resection in 1999. I went to sleep with it and woke up with it. I had to gingerly sit down and also get up slowly. I always felt like I had left half my bottom on the chair. I also felt better if I put pressure on my rear (I would just hold my hand over my bottom, on top of my clothes). If that makes any sense. I also had relief when I slept on my back, as opposed to my side or stomach.
Sitz baths greatly helped. I would add either Aveeno or Baking soda to the water. Just a tablespoon each time.
In time, the pain does ease and then go away.
My doctors told it was healing that was causing the pain. From all they had done to me (removed most of my sigmoid, 15 inches of my colon, taken out my gall bladder and given me a temporary colostomy).
One trick I tried that worked was I would project forward. I would tell myself, in one week or one month, I just have to feel better. Did it take the pain away, right then? No, but it did give me something to hope for. I recall going to sleep each night, with the pain, praying it would subside by morning and then waking up to have it again. It did seem to go on forever. I specifically remember 4 weeks of pain. But it did start to lessen and over time, go away completely.
Walking helped speed the healing process. I had to walk slowly in the beginning, I was in a lot of pain but putting one foot in front of the other, did give me energy and I think it helped get me on the road to recovery faster. I could walk through 4 rooms on the first floor of my house - living, dining, family and then kitchen. I would walk this circle, 10 lap, several times a day (very similar to the walking nurses had me do in the hospital). If the weather was good, I would walk around our house 3 or 4 times too. Just to get everything moving again (blood flowing, healing, etc.).
There are many nerve endings in the rectal area I was told. And they take time to heal. Lots of time.
Post Edited (Marsky) : 7/21/2008 6:32:50 PM (GMT-6)