3 years Post total colectomy - Loud stomach noises!

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   Posted 12/13/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
It has been almost 3 years since I had my entire colon removed, and I surely will never regret the decision I made. I cringe to think what life would have been like if I did not do it!
That said, there are still some annoying aspects that I need advice on. First is the SUPER loud noises my stomach makes after I eat, particularly if I'm nervous about something, such as a meeting over lunch in an office. You can literally hear it across a table seating 30!! My stomach seems to fill with gas very quickly after eating too, making the noises quite embarrassing, and then I have to leave and go poop, and of course its SUPER loud too....arrrgghhh!
Also, I find I am usually very low on energy, and I have noticed on this forum a few people taking vitamin B shots? Are there any other vitamins shots I should be taking, as I do not have a colon?

Thanks in advance for any help,

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   Posted 12/13/2009 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   

I'm on vitamin B12 shots but that is because I have an ileostomy. The ileum is the part of the small intestine that absorbs B12. As that part is now hanging out of my abdomen, it isn't inside me absorbing B12 so that's why the shots. (I think that is the theory anyway). But if you have your small intestine hooked to your rectum so you poop normally, then you should be absorbing B12 from what you eat because your ileum is still inside of you. (I think; am not a doc; but that's what I've picked up from stories of others on here.)

As far as sounds go, I understand your concern socially, but trust me sounds and things working is a GOOOOOOOD thing! But am not sure what to advise on your concerns; just be glad all is working well. Good luck, Rosemary

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   Posted 12/23/2009 10:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I had a total colectomy 2 months ago. Having really loud sounds. Embarassing in business meetings but, oh well, thats what makes me unique and ever so memorable. Just have a sense of humorblush

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   Posted 12/23/2009 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
do all vitamines and meds get absorbed without colon? anyone know?

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   Posted 12/24/2009 3:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, mine too esp in nervous, quiet situations - it just knows!!! lol

The large intestine absorbs water and salts mainly - everything else is absorbed by the small intestine except extended release meds (which are made to be absorbed by the large intestine - so don't let your doc prescribe them. Normal release ones are fine).
Ileostomy for 33 years due to UC

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 1/2/2010 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I know exactly what you are talking about. My best suggestion is to try and go to the bathroom before you eat. I've found myself in the same position tons of times and it is embarrassing and super frustrating.
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