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   Posted 1/13/2011 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 10 weeks post-op from my subtotal colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis.  I'm so thankful for the surgery, but I'm having 2 annoying problems 1) excessive gas and 2) lots of bowel movements (caused by fiber).
If I take Immodium, it stops me up - therefore I rather 'deal' with the multiple BM's than not go.  However, the gas is sooo obnoxious.  It is usually worse when I first wake up in the morning and of course when I consume fiber.
I have been taking probiotics and that hasn't helped.  I don't want to depend on gas relief pills either.
Any thoughts?
Diagnoses: Colonic Inertia, Rectocele, Anismus
Surgery: November 9, 2010 - subtotal colectomy with anastomosis

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   Posted 1/13/2011 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Try cutting out the fiber completely and see if it resolves itself. The gas is very normal early in recovery but the fiber might be compounding it. Or if you don't want to eliminate the fiber, try a different type. I had the exact same issues in recovery. Fiber seemed to exacerbate my problems and imodium made me feel backed up. I stopped using both and have been managing for 10 years with diet. I eat a bucket load of fresh fruit every day and that seems to be the type of fiber my body prefers. You may have to do some trial and error. Everyone is different but you will find what works best for you.


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   Posted 1/16/2011 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
  Hey ,  you know for me I have to avoid all fiber it make my gas worse then I get the illisus, end up in the hospital with NG for me no fiber.  It sucks as I love fruit and veggies but the only fruit I can eat is canned peaches. I don't know why but that is all I can tollerate.  I tried to have a tiny bit of salad the other night...what a can feel it as it passes through my intestine and it makes it rough coming out, and the smell is awful.
So I keep trying things that have bothered me before to see if they still bother me and they do.  So now I am just sticking to my turkey, chicken, serlion it does not have the fat the other steaks have, potato, cooked carrotts, only cooked vegie I can eat.
But junk food I can really eat...LOL  Hope this note finds you better.

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Date Joined Jan 2011
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   Posted 1/28/2011 8:57 AM (GMT -6)   
HEy snuggle. I see you are fairly young.

What testing did you have done that led to you getting the surgery done?

Did the doctors offer surgery to you, or did you bring i up, and if so were they open to it since you are younger?

I am 22 now and have had god awful constipation since I was 17/18. I hate living and feeling like this. I have had anal manometry, colonoscopies, and a small bowel follow through done, and will be doing the sitz test and the defcography soon.

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   Posted 1/28/2011 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, fiber creates a lot more gas for me so I don't do you may want to consider what Sue had to say.  The Sitz Marker Test will tell you a lot.  So sorry to hear that your so young and that your having these types of problems.  Take care

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   Posted 1/29/2011 11:02 PM (GMT -6)   

It is amazing how junk food just sails right through huh? Rosemary

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   Posted 1/30/2011 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I have found that Imodium is a god send. I would try it at low does and see what happens. Also I have found that diet playes a big role in my gas output. I looked up gassy foods and tried to cut them out of my diet completely. It has helped a lot. Fiber may be a contributor I would try to cut it out and slowly add it back and see what kind of role it plays.

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   Posted 1/30/2011 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Rosemary  I know its great.  The thing is that they sent my dentures to a lab to get realigned and they came back all screwed up.  So it hurts to bite down on anything and now I have like teeth that are pushed to far out for my don't get back into the dentist till the 15 of this month.  So soft food ie, cake, ding dongs and crap is easy for me to eat.
I tried a few bites of a apple yesterday like a quarter of one and it did not give me grief.  So I guess just a few bites instead of a half of a apple works better for me.  If I eat salad it come out the way it went in and kind of rough to pass through the intestines...again my teeth can not chew stuff up so that give me too many problems and the are cant wait to see if he will fix them right.  This has been going on for over 7 months and they have not got them right yet...Yikes.  How are you feeling doll?  Hope your and lots of it.
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