I am very post surgery (12 years) for total colonic inertia. Forgive me if I don't remember the medical terms I thought I was healed and done with the poop issue!
In September 1998 I had total colectomy with ileorectal anastomosis, I think ... I know, I know I should know every thing that has been done and all that. I think I just wanted to forget it after it worked; which, BTW, it worked very well. I almost didn't make it out of the hospital without a bag, was within 4 hours of being "rushed" back into surgery if I didn't start producing bile; but, my stomach and small intestines decided one surgery was enough thank you (literally I thank them). However, since that time my general overall health has been degenerating at what my husband and I consider a pretty rapid rate. I have had (firmly believe is unrelated) internal demetreosys and complete hysterectomy, pulmonary embolisms in both upper lobes, arterial spasms, chronic sinusitis, and today severe and moderate degenerative disease in my knees, osteo-arthritis in my neck. With my gallbladder removed back in 2001.
Okay, my question is this:
I have been eating what I want, I cannot take vitamins because I didn't process them well to begin with and now alas they don't stay in my system long enough to matter. I am now beginning to have bowel movements just because I stand up and incontinence issues. I can eat and drink fruits no problems or pain. However, after continuing to work for the last 12 years in a high stress field, I am now always exhausted, several trips a month (sometimes week) to the hospital for arterial spasms. And, my body seems to be getting the cold, flu, etc., etc. every two or three weeks. I also have severe insomnia, a huge amount of gas and my hernia is back.
Can removal of part or all of your colon (I still have a 12 cm section for the attachment small intestines just above my rectum) cause an immune problem for the rest of your system? And, does it sound like I am having problems with my gut again in the small intestines or rectum?
It just seems like my body is dying bit by bit and I don't know how to stop it and still be here in 10 or 20 more years to see my great-grandbabies. Any reply would be appreciated.
Pardon the lack of technical terms and spellings, I really didn't think I would need to use them ever again I was doing so good until 2003! Oh, BTW, I am 50 this year and was extremely healthy and active athletically all my life.
reflux surgery May 1998
total colectomy with ileorectal anastomosis September 1998 (well except for that 12 cm
gallbladder removal February 2001
total hysterectomy, 2003
pulmonary embolisms, March, 2005
arterial spasms, June, 2006