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Date Joined Jun 2008
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   Posted 10/20/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Before I had my colon removed I kept wondering if I would physically feel that it was missing. After I woke up and the soreness from the incisions started going away I was actually kind of disappointed that I didn't feel any "emptier." I guess I wanted a little more confirmation that it was actually gone (as if being pain free isn't enough, right?) Well I've still been pondering this asnd poking and proding my abdomen to see if I can find any differences from before. So this may all be me making it up because I want it to be true, but when I feel around where my colon used to be it does feel a little indented and empty, especially right under my ribs. Also, when I lie on my side there's a deeper dent between my hips and ribs than there used to be. I'm just curious if anyone else noticed any "emptiness" or even thought about it.
Ulcerative Colitis since December 2001 (age 15)
in remission for 6 months in 2002 followed by severely active disease
1st j-pouch surgery done on July 30, 2008

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 6571
   Posted 10/20/2008 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I wondered about it too, i couldn't figure out what was gonna hold everything else up! With nothing in it though, your actual colon doesnt' weigh muchat all, even though it is pretty long.
I do know that i am gonna be poking on my tummy here in a little while tryign to see if i can tell anything!

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 2765
   Posted 10/20/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't tell that my colon was gone either, except for the Crohn's pain that I used to feel was definitely gone. smilewinkgrin
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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