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   Posted 6/3/2011 1:10 PM (GMT -6)   

I plan to come back honk kong to remove the colon due to severe constipation, I very worried about the pain after total colectomy, I heard that the pain like a truck ean over the body, which medication can effective to stop the pain ?

Please advise


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   Posted 6/3/2011 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
     I had a total colectomy with end ileostomy last June.  To my recollection, the pain wasn't that bad.  They hook you up to a morphine pump following surgery but I only gave myself a few shots of it.  I was under the impression I could OD on it and waited five hours between  My night nurse came in and told me I could use it every ten minutes rolleyes .  Oh well, I suppose I was still groggy from the anesthesia anyway.  They sent me home with a script for hydrocodone because percocet makes me terribly nauseous.  I still have the hydrocodone pills.  My arthritis pain I suffer with now is far worse than the pain I had following my operation.

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   Posted 6/3/2011 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Agreed. The pain wasn't too bad, especially considering the pain I was in before the operation! They will give you plenty of pain meds at the hospital...their main concern right after surgery is your pain control.
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

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   Posted 6/3/2011 4:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Christine 1946 and 80s chick

Thanks you for sharing the experience for me, thanks.

I know some patients they have sub-total colectomy (leaves 2 inches of the colon)and some have total colectomy, treating constipation which method is the best.

I am very scared for the complications after surgery.


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   Posted 6/5/2011 9:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Agree with what was said above. After surgery your pain should be well managed by the hospital IVs. Don't be afraid to tell them you need more if you are in pain though. Makes no sense to me to be in a hospital and be in unecessary pain either.

Upon discharge depending on where you are at in discomfort you should be prescribed some kind of oral meds to help with that and keep the edge off. You don't want to be too drugged either. You will find the post surgery discomfort is nothing compared to the agony and discomfort you had prior to the surgery. It is a different kind of thing altogether and with each passing day you notice a little improvement here and there which is VERY encouraging considering you had no encouragement before the surgery. Good Luck.
Wife of 64 yr old male suffered with UC & in May 06 had a severe flare & hospitalized 6 days...various prednisone treatments leading to steroid dependence and osteopenia, 12 asacol, 200 mg Imuran, failed remicade infusions Jan-May 2010 Dependence on pain meds. Made decision 6/10 to have surgery which was on 12/17/10 (total proctocolectomy & ileostomy - unable to have the j-pouch) & now pain free

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   Posted 6/6/2011 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
     Smarty....Answers4metoo's problem was constipation.  Mine was the opposite.  I had ulcerative proctitis for twelve years.  However, when I was a kid, I was always constipated but the doctor (I am almost 65 yrs old) said it was "normal" for me to only go once or twice a week.  We all know now that is a bunch of malarky.  You can make a posting asking the people who have your problem what type of operation they had.  The surgeon told me I was not a candidate for j-pouch but mostly because of my age at time of surgery, other health issues and extensive prednisone use. 
     Good luck!

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   Posted 6/6/2011 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Smarty, I had a pain pump and also a catheter type thing that was connected to a ball of anesthesia that was placed directly into my incision, I think it is called a Q-ball??? My pain was to a minimum. The nausea and vomiting was my biggest complaint. Good luck, Tracy
Diagnosed w/colonic inertia, obstructive defecation syndrome, anismus, rectocele, and intussusecption
2005-hysterectomy w/pelvic prolapse repairs
2010-subtotal colectomy, rectopexy, and temporary diverting loop ileostomy. Parastomal hernia.
June 20, 2011-I will have a total colectomy, hernia repair, tummy tuck, and end ileostomy. I will keep my rectum since it is healthy.
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