Anthony - I had a lot of trouble with gas after my colon resection/first surgery, when I had the temporary ostomy in place. However I didn't notice it as much after my takedown. The only difference was as I posted on a topic you started, was I knew I had to do the breathing exercises and walk each hour. Except while I was asleep. So for a given 24 hour time period, I was doing 10 breathing exercises, per hour, for about
16-18 hours a day. And walking for 16-18 hours a day. Each hour I'd increase my walking, going a few more hospital room doors down the hall or to a closet door, elevator, a mark to strive for. At the end of my 5 day hospital stay I was walking 2 complete laps around the surgical floor each hour. I know this sounds excessive but I was probably up to this length of walking about
the 4th day. I also didn't stay in bed (lying prone), I intentionally sat in the room's recliner for meals, breaks between walks and occasional rests in bed. People think a hospital is a place for rest. But IMHO if you want your life back and to feel better soon, get walking! At first I walked slowly and carefully but I managed to put one foot in front of the other.
And it all paid off.
Now that said once I started having bm's, they came and came. So I did spend some time on the commode. All I know is I didn't get much sleep in those 5 days.
You'll get past this. The gas has to work its way out but you can help it along by walking.
And oh one more trick a kind nurse taught me is to massage your abdomen, by following the large intestine's track, start on your lower right hand side, down low. Gently push up and when you are parallel to your navel, push down horizontal to the left hand side of your stomach, then down and out. She said this helps move the gas along sometimes. Now maybe it has a placebo effect but I did do this (after my first surgery). But in hindsight, I really needed to get walking and resisted the advice. Massaging your abdomen couldn't hurt as long as you do it gently.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg + Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily
Post Edited (Marsky) : 7/10/2010 5:53:12 PM (GMT-6)