Pain in my behind -- Why and how long?

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/24/2006 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear friends:

I had my rectum removed and a colostomy installed in my left stomach. I imagine the surgeon sewed up my behind by grafting the skin or whatever. I really don't know. What I do know is that after three months I continue to feel pain in my behind when I walk or bend. My surgeon and forum members here tell me that the pain will go away eventually. I am just wonderfing what needs to happen for the pain to subside or go away. Does the skin have to stretch for a certain period of time and settle in? How long before the pain really goes away?

Thanks so much and thanks for your moral support.


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Date Joined Aug 2003
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   Posted 11/26/2006 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Delphi.

I was lucky because when I had my rectum removed and was sewn up,I hardly had any discomfort at all.It did feel slightly strange, like a tightness for a few months but it wasnt painful. I had pain where my stomach had been opened up for the second time though. I realy dont know why it is taking so long for your pain to subside. I suppose it is possable that its just a case of everyone is different and some people just take longer to heal than others do.

Sorry that I cant be of anymore help.

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/26/2006 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear bag lady:
No, actually, your remarks are encouraging. You mention that you felt a certain tightness in your behind for A FEW MONTHS. That's precisely what I am feeling. It's not real pain but a tightness. The tightness is of course a type of pain but I hope it goes away as yours did. I also hope my pain up front (as in your case) goes away soon. But my surgeon and nurse and other forum members say that it will take a lot more than three months, perhaps a year for the pain to completely go away. This was quite a trauma to the body so I can understand that it will take time. Just wanted to be reassured that EVENTUALLY the pain WILL go away so I can live a more normal life.
Thanks so much.

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Date Joined Nov 2005
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   Posted 12/19/2006 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
Long time since i've posted.I had my rectum removed on 23rd May and am still having to take painkillers,still very sore sitting and having to get it dressed daily by the district nurses.I had appointment 18th December with Consultant/Surgeon and he said i would probably have pain in back end for up to a year after opperation,looks like i'll have to keep taking the painkillers!!!

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