Post-op Pain or UTI??

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   Posted 1/26/2013 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

I am having pain in my abdomen, back and now a sharper pain on the left side (especially when up).

Initially, I thought it might be a UTI because everything abdominally kind of hurts after I urinate. But then I thought maybe that's just because of the work they did inside and as the bladder fills and empties, it causes discomfort.

I am 2 weeks post-op from step 2 of 3 with the pouch being created and I have a loop ileo.

Oh, and just to add, the bleeding from last week has stopped.

Did you have pain like this from your surgeries? Any input would be greatly appreciated.
F/43 • ON, CAN • UC Dx Sep/09- 50cm (far as flex went)
Step 1- Subtotal Colectomy w/end ileo - Nov. 16/11
Step 2 - Pouch creation w/loop ileo - Jan 11, 2013
Step 3 - Take down - April 2013

All UC meds and alternatives failed, including remicade and FT.

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   Posted 1/26/2013 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
could possibly be a UTI. If it is.. definitely something you don't want lingering. Call your doc and do a urine test on monday. easy enough for sure.
good luck.

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   Posted 1/27/2013 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
     I had a UTI about a month or so post op.  If I remember correctly, I did have lower back pain and burning upon urination.  Have your family doctor run a urinalysis test.

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   Posted 1/27/2013 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a uti as soon as I got home from step 2 of 3. They had to catherize me twice, I think that's why. I went to the hospital and they did a blood test, established that there was a low-grade infection and put me on antibiotics. It cleared up almost immediately.
You should let your doctor know about the pains, because if it is not a uti it could be something else and you don't want to carry anything around longer than necessary.
UC Dx and then 7 years of no symtoms. But when they started, they didn't let up, ASA stopped working, pred stopped working, and azathioprin did nothing. The threat of much more radical drugs, plus the fact that a stricture was about to shut down my colon, led to my decision for a total colectomy in April 2011, 2nd step December 2011 and ... TAKE-DOWN WAS ON MARCH 19, 2012.

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   Posted 1/28/2013 9:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi i am 3 week post op and still have pain in my left side and back more so when i am upright I don't know what it is either i put it down to having hands inside moving things around. hope you feel better soon Bev X
Diagnosed with crohns at 13, right Hemicolectomy in 93, remmision till sept 08, small bowel resections & fistula excised, along with temp stoma in 09 stoma reversed Apr 2010
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   Posted 1/28/2013 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Definitely get checked out because I had pain you are describing and I ended up having an abscess/infection in my pelvic area. I too thought I had a UTI. I was also running a fever.

DX UC in 2005. Family history of UC.
Tried every drug-even Remicade-Tried diets-nothing worked-wanted my life back!
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC and no more drugs!! Very happy with my results of this surgery-got my life back! :)

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   Posted 1/28/2013 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
I am ten days post-op with stage 1 and stage 2 of the j-pouch surgery done together and my symptoms are nearly identical. I don't have any burning while peeing but a slight pain in the abdomen when I am about done urinating. It's like the bladder is getting squeezed and putting pressure on the incisions. I also have lower back pain on the right side. I am occasionally running low grade fever (mostly 99 to 99.5). I wonder if I just need to be more patient and wait for these things to get better or see the surgeon.
First stage of the j-pouch surgery - 01/18/13

31 yr old male diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in May, 2010
Currently on infusions of Vedoluzimab (every 4 weeks), Lialda, Prednisone (20MG), Vit D, VSL#3, Cortifoam, and Folic Acid.

Tried in the past - Remicade, Azathioperine, 6MP, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy.

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   Posted 1/29/2013 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
ok... a urinary infection can be a bad thing after surgery. Also they are very very common. The test is so very simple. So UC.. just get a urine test to rule it out. If that is negative and you still feel unusual pain, you need to see your surgeon. You could have an abscess which needs draining and that too is something you don't want lingering.

I ended up with multiple abscesses and urine infections after my last surgery to remove my jpouch. They found all of it while I was still in the hospital fortunately. However it lengthened my hospital stay into a month long one! Abscesses were drained various ways. And I ended up on numerous IV antibiotics at the hospital and was sent home on a PICC line for them.

Yes, it could all be normal post op pain, or nerve stuff that is recovering... but if its not.. you want these things taken care of sooner than later.

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   Posted 1/29/2013 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
For those who ended up with a UTI, I am just finishing antibiotics for one, and noticed the last few days my stools have been VERY green (even tho I didn't eat anyhting green), does that mean a different type of infection?
Gluten intolerance, gluten free for 10+ years,
hypothyroidism for 20+ years (family history)
total colectomy with ileo rectal anastomosis 1/12
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