Need help with Nausea

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   Posted 2/16/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I'm new here.  I've recently gone thru several surgeries.  In the beginning of Dec, I had to have repairs done for prolapses of the intestine, bowel and rectum (enterocele & rectocele).  At the same time a recto/colon specialtist was called in because I had a condition called an intussespection (tunneling of the bowels) and had to do a STARR procedure where they remove part of the bowel and resection it back with staples.  I had many complications and was rushed back in that night due to a hemotoma that burst caused a muscle behind the vaginal wall to blow out.  I lost most of the graphing too.  I spent 5 days in ICU receiving 8 units of blood and 2 units of platelets.  And then another 2 days in a regular room. 
11 days after being released, I had to return to the surgeon as I had developed a recto/vaginal fistula and had waste coming thru the vagina.  He performed emergency surgery the next morning to place a stent in my rectum to cover the staples and the hole from the fistula.  He also gave me a temporary ileostomy.  The stent came out on its own about a month ago but since then I've had so much difficulty with nausea.   My blood pressure has been low and I am lightheaded alot.  I am trying to drink tons to make up for the ileostomy.  He prescribed something for nausea but doesn't think it's related to the ostomy. 
Has anyone gone through this?  Is it normal or is this a whole separate thing going on?  Should I consult a gastro specialist?  Any suggestions at all would be so helpful.
Thank  you

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   Posted 2/17/2009 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Tinamarie--welcome to the site cool    Sorry you have had some difficult times've come to the right place for answers to your questions!
I haven't had the surgeries you've had, but I do know how difficult it is to recover from multiple surgeries in a short period of time...just give your body time.
Are you running a fever?  Have you had recent blood work done?
Nausea and dizziness can be caused by low blood pressure...have you contacted your doctor?  I don't know if you have to see a GI right now, but definitely you family doc to get checked out...don't wait!
Keep us posted...

Post Edited (OHIO76) : 2/17/2009 4:26:25 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/18/2009 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks Ohio

No, no fever.  Hadn't had bloodwork since I was last in the hospital in January.

Went to my family doctor today, my blood pressure was really low, I've been so sick all day.  He sent me for some blood work.  I have an appt for an ultra sound on Monday and then an appt with a gastro specialist next Friday.

Thank you for your help.  I really appreciate it so much. 




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   Posted 2/22/2009 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Tina,

So sorry that you have had such a difficult time. Hope you are feeling better each day.  When I was so sick with pancreatitis, afterward, I had continuous nausea. my dr put me on zofran 3xs a day.  This really helped me, I don't know if this is something that you might be able to ask you'rs dr about.  I was finally able to stop taking it after my colectomy; I was on it for almost 6 years; It was a happy day when the nausea was finally gone smilewinkgrin .

I wish you the best and I'll kepp you in my prayers.

spleen/appendix/gall bladder  removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
There's always hope and things will get better :)

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