I finally had my temproary illeostomy taken down two weeks ago after 10 months and following the usual treatment for colo-rectal cancer. After a very tough first few days I am now feeling pretty good but for the fact that I am still going to the toilet up to 10 times per hour - and each time not doing very much at all. My doctor says I have to 're-train my lower bowel to work normally' and that I should 'hold it in to strengthen the muscle'. Is this the experience of others - both frequency of BM and medical advice and if so, I'd appreciate hearing about your outcomes and any tips you may have for surviving those first few months? I'm finding it very tough.
Also, the noises my stomach now makes, normally in the lead up to a BM, are UNBELIEVABLE. Is this normal?
Thanks in advance and best of luck all...