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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 8/20/2009 12:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Just did an intro post a sec ago. I am 8 days post op, Total Colectomy with Illestomy. My feet have been swelling up and down (and legs, and hips) for a few days. Each day has gotten a little better, but they are still swollen. Almost hurts as bad as the scar on my chest. Doctor says body just needs to adjust itself and it will be fine. I know he's correct because my Testicles had swollen to the size of an orange just after surgery, and it has returned to normal.

Anyone experience this. My surgery was forced due to rupture, so my body was in poor health prior to surgery.

What can I expect. How long till it goes away. Ive already been taken down to 20mg of prednisone (to wean off since I dont need it anymore). I was on 40mg before the surgery.

Aside from the pred, Im only take 2 antibiotics and pain medicine. (Thank god, no more asacol, 6-mp, preds almost gone, lialda, solumedrol, etc).

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 8/20/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
i was swollen all over for a few days. once i got home and was sitting in chairs instead of the hostpial bed and i was getting up and down more regularly, it went away

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 153
   Posted 8/20/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I was swollen for at least a week after coming home from the hospital (I was in the hospital for 6 days). Maybe even more than a week, now that I think about it - I've lost all sense of time from the weeks following surgery, lol. But the swelling DID go down. The more I walked, the faster it went away.

Good luck!
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006  Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
1st Surgery for J-Pouch: May 22, 2009 - need 2 more surgeries, dates TBD
Medications: Canasa Rowasa enemas; Lialda; Prednisone; Protonix; Remicade; Zyrtec-D; Toprolvarious pain meds post-surgery;
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex
Current Status: Aug, 2009 - Recovering from the 1st stage of J-Pouch surgery; temp ileostomy; 2 more surgeries to go as there was too much damage to create a J-pouch

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 768
   Posted 8/20/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Wwalkimg is my life saver. I have had no swelling since I started walking . I am trying it up it a little at a time. SLow baby steps but it's all encouraging to fell better each day. (16 days post op) The rest seems to really recover me from anything is do to.
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