Chris- those are symptoms that I would never consider to be the flu first. First, always assume it's your intestinal issues because if it's not, it's only egg on your face, but if it is you've saved valuable time.
By now, you're surely dehydrated and are in need of IV fluids. You probably need a CT scan to make sure there isn't a blockage or narrowing of the anastamosis site. GO TO THE ER!!!!
Let us know what happens.
Thanks for all your support and information. Before I found this site I was really scared. Don't get me wrong I m still scared. But it helps to know I am not the only person in the world going thru this. And of course I' m not nuts. Yeah the bloating has gotten alot worse in the last week, I had the flu last weekend. And now I am bloating every single time I try to eat. I can't get very much food down and then the bloating and nausea starts. Its a nightmare. I am hoping this surgery takes care of all of that. Not a lot of people know about this stuff. Is it hereditary? Do you know. I have alot of family members that take laxatives on a regular basis and I try to tell them they don't have to continue doing so if they see a doctor. I am sorry to hear that you had such a hard time, I hope I don't have those. They are going to try to start lap and hopefully not have to open. I have had a lot of other surgeries abdominally so, he said it is a possibility that it could go to open. I had a hysterectomy at 24 , and two bladder suspensions , gall bladder removal, and appendictomy. I have had endometriosis quite a few times since the hysterectomy. So I have had a few to say the least. But this one seems a whole lot worse. I don't know if its because they are removing so much of the colon or what but it does seem a little more scary than the rest. Thanks for giving me so much input , Please let me know more if you can think of anything. Thanks , by the way I am 37 now.
Hi, welcome to the forum. I have only been posting for just a few days but go back and read some of the other forums. Total Colectomy Part 6,7,8,9. They are all very interesting and alot of the same problems and complaints. I am 37, I have colonic inertia, and I am going in for a subtotal colectomy on April 10, I am very scared. I have been speaking alot to Cathy she has helped me alot . I have 3 kids and this makes me very nervous. When do you go for your test. I finally found a good doc to help me with this , most of the others have said to use laxatives, over the counter meds, and left it at that. I've done all of that for years and nothing seems to work including the enemas. Most of the people on here sound like they have been going thru the same exact thing. Take some time and read the posts . Thanks
Thanks, that is the part that runs thru your mind. Nobody wants to talk about that. But I keep telling myself that I will feel much better in the long run. I've been feeling sicker and sicker these days., every once in a while I have a good day
far and few in between. I appreciate you being honest with everything, it does help quite a bit. You have actually let me see the better side of the end of this. Thanks for the input.
I posted back in part 9 for the first time. I am 8 weeks post op a open lap-assisted subtotal colectomy. I returned to work last week and I am doing good. My recovery after the hospital stay was uneventful THANK GOD! I followed up with my surgeon and my GI doc last week. I found out from my pathology report that my colon showed idiopathic colonic neuropathy consistent with colonic dysmotility. Does anyone have any info on this? I was told that I would probably lose the rest of my colon due to this and given a timeframe of 10-15 years. I would then have a J-pouch?. Can anyone offer some information about this? I hope everyone is doing well. Thank you. Tammy
ThankS , sorry my s wasn't working. I am scared , believe me. I am sorry to hear you had all those problems. I hope I don't. How did you know you were having this happen and how soon after the first surgery did you have to go in for the second??? I am worried about all of the previous surgeries causing problems now. Was yours open or lap? And how is everything working now ? Hope your recovery gets better for you .. My thoughts are with you.....
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Glad to hear you're back to work full time. Is everything working good now? Thanks for all the input , I know I am starting to relax alittle bit now. It sounds like there has been a lot of success with this procedure for colonic inertia. I was just trying to get a grasp on everything. But I definately look forward to feeling better !
They had ruled out ulcerative colitis long time ago. My colonic lining was in good condition. The colon was just very dilated and elongated which they were blaming my pregnancies for. My ascending and transverse colon had fallen down then it took a steep hike up to my spleen and turned in towards my spine and looped back down descending towards the sigmoid which had multiple loops. The splenic area looked like the head of an alien so I jokingly called it my "alien baby". I had the pics the doc gave me. The GI doc had a difficult time with the colonoscopy and nearly ran out of scope. The surgeon had said it was the longest floppiest colon he had seen in a long time. I was having lots of mostly diarrhea( no gallbladder) and lots of pain due to the "kinks". I have about a foot of colon left now. The official DX was colonic dysmotility and then the path report came back with the neuropathy consistent with colonic dysmotility. It is from this report that they told me I may lose the rest of it and would receive the pouch at that time which they estimated to be 10-15 years from now. I just don't really know how they do the pouch and how it works. By the way, I have no pain since the recovery and have 2-4 BM/day. I am about 8 weeks post-op. Life is much much better for me for now. Thank you again. Tammy