Depression, anxiety, bloating, distention,cramping......... Ramamoorthy's friend in need of help!

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/24/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
cry  Hi All, I am the friend that Ramamoorthy spoke about. I had my entire colon removed 2 months ago. My doctor connected my small intestine to my rectum. I am so blessed to have a wonderful and extremely intelligent doctor. I am so fortunate to not have a colostomy bag. I thank God every minute of the day for that. I also suffer from having Depression, and panic/anxiety disorder. I am under wonderful care for my condition. My disorder is has required me to be on medication for my disorders. My depression has really been at a high level since this surgery. My body feels really distorted from my stomach being so distended. I continue to cramp. I have been experimenting with my food. Before my surgery I only ate Jello and pudding. I have always been athletic and a heathy eater. I am a Special Education Teacher and I am returning to work on Nov. 3. I have eliminated anything that would cause gas. I need someone to please give me some encouragement and peace of mind; I just want to look normal again. I tried on my clothes for work and was depressed to find that because my stomach is distended they don't fit. This is not good for someone with Depression. I feel like I am rushing my healing and getting panic attacks that I don't look normal. Last week I had a sigmoidoscopy to enlarge the connection site of my small intestine to my rectum. That was successful and I have not been nauseus or vomitted since. When does my body take a normal shape? Please give me your thoughts on this so I can RELAX and not be so hard on myself. idea

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1998
   Posted 10/24/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
It's been a long time since I had my surgery, but I remember being very bloated for a long time. Your body has had a M a j o r Surgery and it takes a long time for some to recover. I was one of those and the fact that I was very underweight and thin at the time of surgery also showed that I was more bloated. Believe me, once you are up and moving around and carrying on with life, the swelling eventually goes away.

Best of luck to you and please keep us posted.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 303
   Posted 10/24/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you sure you want to go back to work so soon? You may be stronger than I was only 2 months past surgery because it took me about 6 months to feel like getting out of the house. My word of encouragement would be- time. You will feel better with time. As far as clothes go, start with" roomy " clothes. I like to wear big shirts over stretchy tops. Don't worry about how you think you look. You are being too hard on yourself. Most of all your doctor must have known that your colon was sick. Now you can concentrate of being thankful it's gone. I'll be thinking about you and wishing you well.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/27/2008 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah  Thanks to Peggy and the other wonderful people who responded to my plea for help with my depression/anxiety, bloating and distension. It is so healing to know that I am not alone in this life changing experience. I know that God has given me many gifts in life. He has also given me some extremely challenging health issues. My doctor released me to return  back to work!!! I have been a Special Education Teacher for the past 19 yrs. in CA. I miss my students so much! I truly believe that returning to school to teach my students will play a huge part in my healing. I feel also that this whole experience of loosing my colon, after 8 years of suffering, will allow me to help other in their healing. I feel blessed to be a part of this chat site. No one really understands what people like us go through. I never thought I could endure such severe pain and recovery. I am having a good day. I have put more protein in my "mini meals" and having rice cakes for my carb cravings. Before surgery I could only eat Jello and Tapioca Pudding. Eating rice cakes is exciting for me. My procedure that enlarged the connection site has been successful! My hemroids are healing and the feeling of "TACO BUTT" has healed. I used an ointment that had an incredient that had lidocaine in it. I can walk without a painful butt. Thanks for listening to me and I hope that I will be able to help and encourage someone in need. wink I will keep everyone posted on how returning back to school goes next week! scool
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