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snugglesaurus
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   Posted 11/22/2010 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
So I am 13 days post opt from my surgery (subtotal) and I've been doing a lot better. I've been a lot more active and eating 'normal' foods again. This evening I started getting very uncomfortable in my abdomen. It isn't like constipation or diarrhea feeling. It is like all of my ab muscles are tight. It hurts to walk up, get up, move around, etc. When I walk it is more comfortable to walk hunched over. I can feel the discomfort when I'm laying down, but nothing like when I move around.


I took 2 Ibuprofen this afternoon and it was the first type of pain reliever in days.

Any idea?
Diagnoses: Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, Anismus
Surgery: November 9, 2010 - subtotal colectomy with anastomosis

betsaronie
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   Posted 11/22/2010 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
it sounds like maybe its just the healing process. Some days you're just going to be more sore as those muscles reknit and your body adjusts to your new plumbing. I got a burning sensation from time to time only on my right side and my surgeon said it was from the nerves reconnecting. If you've been moving around like you're supposed to maybe you just did too much and wore yourself out. 13 days is still reasonable to be having some pains but
if it gets worse or concerns you, give your doctor a call. or if you have a home health care nurse try them.
-diagnosed with UC Dec 2006 at 22
-allergic or intolerant to all 5ASAs, sulfa and 6-mp
-emergency transverse colostomy on 9/13/10 from perforated colon
-Now IBD is indeterminate tests will be done after healing if still UC J-pouch surgery, if Chron's take down of colostomy

snugglesaurus
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   Posted 11/22/2010 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I get pain from my lower left side. The resident said it was where my reconnection is and no one ever complains about it hurting there specifically.

Hope it passes soon :(
Diagnoses: Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, Anismus
Surgery: November 9, 2010 - subtotal colectomy with anastomosis

answers4me2
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   Posted 11/23/2010 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Snuggle, 13 days is still early days, very early days. Just take it easy because I bet you are overdoing it. Rest and let your body heal, slow down on adding new foods, increase water intake, walk alot, but slowly, take pain medicine to help with the pain, and if the pain gets worse, please call your doctor.
Diagnosed w/colonic inertia, obstructive defecation syndrome, anismus, rectocele, and intussusecption
2005-hysterectomy w/pelvic prolapse repairs
2006-sacralcolopopexy
2010-subtotal colectomy, rectopexy, and temporary diverting loop ileostomy. Parastomal hernia discovered in November, so more surgery, probably end ileostomy with relocation of stoma.

snugglesaurus
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   Posted 11/23/2010 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
laying on my back right now (difficult to type), but I'm OK as long as I don't move :)
Diagnoses: Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, Anismus
Surgery: November 9, 2010 - subtotal colectomy with anastomosis

NewShinyCD
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   Posted 11/23/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds normal. I felt like run over by a train after surgery.

They had to up my morphine dose and I was constantly taking hydrocodone after I got home. Took about 6 weeks to starting feeling better to stop taking it.
21 y/o male livin' in Georgia. Diagnosed with Left-Sided Colitis in 2002; re-diagnosed with Pancolitis in Nov. 2009.
June 2010 I beat UC by having surgery.
Drugs tried: Just about every 5ASA medicine, enemas, prednisone, turmeric, fish oil, Remicade, psyllium seed powder, Metamucil.
Temp Ileostomy and colon removal surgery - 6/2/2010
Takedown - Sometime next year; busy with job/school.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 11/23/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
You can try to use a heating pad to relax the muscles...it worked for me. Remember, even with a subtotal, things were moved around during surgery and need to 'settle'.

No one wants to take pain meds but they do help your body heal. When you are in pain the healing slows downcry

Hope you feel better soon!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!

snugglesaurus
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   Posted 11/23/2010 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
After a few days home from the hospital I stopped taking anything. I went ahead an took some Percocet and went back to sleep this morning. I suppose I should cool my heels about doing anything :)
Diagnoses: Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, Anismus
Surgery: November 9, 2010 - subtotal colectomy with anastomosis
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