Takedown and Gas

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Anthony1977
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   Posted 7/10/2010 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I just had my takedown about 2 days ago, and I am experiencing a a lot of gas pains. Initially it hurts, then I can feel it traveling, then it goes away. Then it comes back again. I am able to pass gas and waste out the bottom with the Jpouch, but was just curious if anyone has experienced this? Thank you! I just feel really bloated at times. It is annoying. Other than that, I am feeling really awesome and not having as my bowel movements as I thought I would.

suebear
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   Posted 7/10/2010 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, normal.

Walk as much as you can and eliminate gas producing foods and beverages. It will get better but expect improvement in 6 week increments, not days.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


capecodder33
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   Posted 7/10/2010 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
it's perfectly normal, the pains you speak of mostly went away for me 10 days after takedown surgery. it may take longer for you as everyone's different, but they'll subside eventually.
Male, 30 years old. dx ulcerative proctitis 1987; left-sided UC in 1993; pancolitis in 2005. Tried sulfasalazine, asacol, colazal, rowasa, prednisone, imuran, 6-MP, remicade, and humira.

J-Poucher since 2/11/10. Now UC free and healthy! :-)


Anthony1977
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   Posted 7/10/2010 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks guys. Just wanted to ask you guys first before I start complaining to surgeon. I feel completely awesome. It is just when I lay down and relax is when they start hitting hard.

Marsky
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   Posted 7/10/2010 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
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)


crohnielass
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   Posted 7/14/2010 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Anthony, try sipping peppermint cordial in a small amount of water this worked well for me to get the gas out both ways!!! Bev x
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beachtrip1
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   Posted 7/16/2010 9:42 PM (GMT -6)   

Congrats on your takedown Anthony - glad you are doing so well.  :)

I had some painful gas just last night.  My poor husband was about to freak and kept asking me if I needed to go to the ER or try to call my doctor.  It was a little unsettling for me because I never want to feel the kind of "gas pain" I felt when I had the rupture, but I went downstairs and got on the treadmill for about 10 minutes.  I had the strangest sensation when that gas "bubble" moved and dissipated.  As several here have said, definitely walking helps.


Marsky
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   Posted 7/16/2010 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
When I had bad gas pains after my first colon surgery/resection and when I had a temporary ostomy, it felt like ping pong or tennis balls hitting the sides of my stomach, over and over again. It was painful and even though I was on pain meds, these meds didn't take care of the gas pain - just post op pain. I was also nauseous from the gas pains so I had dry heaves on top of the pain. It was a very rough time and of course the middle of the night. A kind nurse sat up with me and held a wet wash cloth to my forehead. She kept saying the gas was trapped and needed to work its way out. Looking back the worst thing I could do at the time was sit in a chair. What I should have done was put on my slippers and get walking. You live and learn I guess....

But those gas pains were unlike any other type of pain I ever experienced before.
- 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


Anthony1977
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   Posted 7/17/2010 5:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Marsky and beachtrip1 you are both correct with the walking. My severe gas pains have finally, knock on wood, subsided. I still get gas, but it is not nearly as painful as what it was like beachtrip1 was trying to describe. It was horrible. It was like someone was stabbing me. Whatever gas it was, I must have passed it, because I nearly blew the sheetrock off the wall when I did pass it. It was like tasting heaven doing that.
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