Allergic to pain meds, need surgery

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KVail
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   Posted 8/24/2011 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I am seriously allergic to narcotic pain meds (seizure and vomiting), including synthetics like Ultram.  I have been advised by three different doctors that it is time to get surgery, removing the colon/large intestine and attaching the small intestine to the rectum.  I've had multiple tests, have tried every medicine/diet/suppliment, etc with absolutely no success.  My first scheduled colonoscopy earlier this year had to be cancelled because, even with an extended four day cleanse, I could not empty enough (I did complete a colonoscopy two weeks later).  My symptoms are similar to the more extreme examples I see here (months without a bm, and only have a bm after mag citrate, ducolax, myralax and enemas--it's crazy).  My condition has really deteriorated over the last year and I'm miserable.
But I'm also really upset about the pain med allergy and surgery!  I've read that an epidural will be standard, and I know I can handle that, but what other solutions are out there to help?  I've tried Arnica for other pain, but it didn't help.  Can anyone suggest something?  Thanks!

tryingtokeepmyheadup
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   Posted 8/25/2011 7:42 AM (GMT -6)   
The epidural, if working correctly, will completely take care of your pain while you are on it. After that, I don't know what to tell you! Tylenol alone will be kinda rough!
DX 2/10 UP. DX 07/10 UC. Pancolitis. tried: Canasa, Asacol, Bentyl, Imodium, Imuran, Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Remicade, Codeine, Tramadol, Xanax, Morphine, Vicodin, Prozac, ~ nothing worked. 1st surgery 6/8/11! 2 more to go!

tryingtokeepmyheadup
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   Posted 8/25/2011 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   
But... doesn't an epidural have morphine (among other drugs) in it? How are you able to handle that?
DX 2/10 UP. DX 07/10 UC. Pancolitis. tried: Canasa, Asacol, Bentyl, Imodium, Imuran, Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Remicade, Codeine, Tramadol, Xanax, Morphine, Vicodin, Prozac, ~ nothing worked. 1st surgery 6/8/11! 2 more to go!

suebear
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   Posted 8/25/2011 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
You should have your surgery done lapracopicly. Smaller incisions, less pain. Use the epidural and then go on Advil when you leave the hospital.

Sue

stripey
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   Posted 8/25/2011 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes the epidural does have morphine in it so not sure how that is going to work if you're allergic to it. Maybe as it stays in spinal canal it won't effect you the same, but no idea to be honest. Is this what the doctors suggested and they know you are allergic to narcotics?
 
I don't have epidurals after the only one I had didn't work so I stick to a PCA for 4 days and then onto oral pain meds - tramadol and codeine.
 

WonderTurd
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   Posted 8/25/2011 11:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the epidural with mine and after they took it out (approx three days) I just took tylenol and advil. All depends on how much pain you can stand I guess I have a high tolerance.

stripey
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   Posted 8/25/2011 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Also depends if you have lapro or open procedure. Mine have all been open and so that takes longer to heal and large incision and cut muscles and hence more pain. Lapro is 3/4 small holes and so quicker healing and much less pain. Recovery from lapro is much, much quicker as well. Wish I could have had lapro but way too much scar tissue and too much of a mess inside.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, azathioprine, codeine, immodium, simethicone.

KVail
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   Posted 8/26/2011 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
wow, everyone!  All replies have been helpful, even if only to show that I'm not the only one out there.  This diagnosis and prognosis was something I had never heard of before this week, and at the time, I couldn't imagine there was anyone else out there.
I'll definitely ask about the lathrosopogy and the ingrediants in the epidural too!
Thanks to all, please keep continuing to suggest.
 

smarty
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   Posted 8/26/2011 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Avail

I am also have severe constipation, especially within these 3 years ,always months can have little come out. I feel very suffer, always think of surgery. But the laxative always not working. Same to you, even the laxative for colons copy still not working. However, my family always reject me to do surgery. I have a little nervous. Because I heard 2 news in hong kong, 2 patients have colon surgery, 2 died, 1 patient coma after surgery, 1 week later, the doctor open surgery for him, the found him full of poop in his stomach. Another patient is breeding, he bleeds 6-7 litre, finally he died.and my brother have 4 friends doing remove large intestine, 2 have polys, 2 have cancer, they all died.

But I read many case here, they all survise. Recently I feel sharp pain for my colon in different area.I am very scare of colon cancer. I don't know I should come back or not. I feel pain every day.

All doctor said if I can't clean out the poop, they can't do surgery because infection. Only 1 doctor said she will do surgery for me even I have poop inside, is it too risky.

Any one can give me opine I am very appreciated

Smarty
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