subtotal colectomy

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Bobbie0718
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   Posted 6/4/2010 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, i had a subtotal colectomy four years ago, and three months ago i had an loop illiostomy done. Last week i had the ostomy takedown, and the surgery itself was ok. Then came the gas and the bloating afterwards. I had a really hard time going to the bathroom in the hospital, and i was screaming in pain. Then i started to have some relief, and watery stools which is obviously expected. So then i went home, i have been home now for three days and i am really bloated, and weigh more than i did before i went into the hospital. I feel really gasy, and it hurts really bad. I took the pain pills but they don't do anything. I feel as though i have to go to the bathroom every second, then when i get in their nothing wants to come out. I push while trying not to strain too much, and of course the hemrroids came, along with the bleeding. Is this normal, to not beable to go to the bathroom? I was preparing for the constant diarreah that goes along with it usualy.

Please get back i am worried

answers4me2
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   Posted 6/4/2010 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you eating food yet? I think after surgery if you can't poop and you get bloated, that you could possibly be experiencing an ileus which is where some of your intestines are asleep. I would only drink liquids and absolutely no food until you poop. I would think if you start vomiting or if the pain gets worse, that you will probably need to call your doctor and a trip to the ER may be necessary. Remember to walk ALOT to try and get something moving. Good Luck, Tracy

Bobbie0718
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   Posted 6/4/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, for your reply. I am eating solid food, not much of anything really though. They did not give me any restrictions on my diet, however really in my condition i have not felt like eating much. I do have a follow up appointment with the Dr on monday, so i will see how the weekend goes, if it gets worse then i will go to the ER if not then i will hold out until Monday. Thank you again
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