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   Posted 12/4/2006 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
It's been 3 weeks since my take down surgery from my total colectomy in June. I'm feeling great! Except for one thing... THE BUTT BURN IS KILLING ME!
I've tried everything my surgen has suggested. All the creams I can get my hands on (so far one called Tripple Paste has been the best), soaking in a tub, showering after every BM, etc. Any help???? Anyone know of a majic way to sooth this beast?
Also, how long is this going to last? My surgen said it could take a few months for the J-pouch to start doing it's job of making everything more solid. It this how long I have to live with this intense pain? Any similar experiences and solutions would help.


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   Posted 12/4/2006 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I had my surgery 3 weeks ago also and am going to try hemorroid cream and pampers sensitive skin tissues. I got this information off of this site and hope it works. You sound like you probably tried this already but I just had this suggestion and it does hurt. Good luck.

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   Posted 12/4/2006 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
You might try metamucil wafers to reduce butt burn. Some swear by them.

You also should visit www.j-pouch.org It's the best website for j-pouchers.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 12/8/2006 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 5 months past my surgery and I'm so happy living a normal life. I experienced the burning and as well this is what I found helps.  I use calmoseptine you can get it at any pharmacy. After every BM put it on and I also use Preparation H wipes and extra soft TP.  Also, if your BM are still loose this will also cause the burning so try to eat carbs...pasta, bread, wheat to make them a little more solid and try to stay away from spices for a while and you should be fine.  It take a little time and patience but gets better every day.  It will get better.  Let us know how you're doing

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   Posted 12/30/2006 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
After prep for colonoscopies I have learned to use Americane ointment. You put it on after every BM and it numbs the area really well.
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   Posted 1/7/2007 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, I recently had a ostomy reversal oct 31 2006. I too am having these problems every night with burning. the surgen said i can eat anything i want too. But I can't or i pay for it in the evening with 30 or so trips to the bathroom. Sometimes i cant hold it and have accidents frequently. I do a lot of crying, frustrated, and just about fed up. But I just go day to day and hope and wait for it to all let up soon. I tried to use vasaline at first, this will take out the sting. Then i started to use regular baking Corn Starch, this takes the redness away and soothes for a while. The problem is, when I go so often sometimes every 5 to 8 min when its bad, all i do is constantly rinse off in the tub with a hand shower attatchment after each BM...I was told everyone heals at their own rate, so I guess this is al apart of it. I am glad I am still here to complain about it, I have 4th stage rectal cancer, whish went into my liver and rectal muscel. I had successfull surgery in March, and was given a illisotome bag, I just had that reversed in Oct of 06. I thought that the chemo was the reason for all the burning when i went, but i am now hearing different. People i talked to all say it takes time, so i guess we have to hang in there. i know it's terribly frustrating and draining every night, but i found that taking half a bannana before i go to bed or oatmeal, helps to stop the regular trips to the bathroom. these 2 things seem to help the burning also the next morning i wake up it is gone, and i do this routine every night. God Bless and hope you heal soon. You are in my prayers.

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   Posted 2/24/2009 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I bumped this up with the hopes that it might help those of you who are suffering with butt burn.
Does anyone have any suggestions to add to these? Thanks!

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 2/24/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
OMG Cece!!! I had just found this too...looking for something to help Amanda. I thought I'd done something (stupid computer trick or something) to it when I saw it at the top!!!! Good thinking:)

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   Posted 2/24/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I know! I Googled 'butt burn' and this thread came up! I'm wondering if Calmoseptine Ointment would help, too.

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 2/25/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
If I hadn't read all of the replies, I wouldn't have realized the original post was made in 2006! LOL Anyway, yes it is a timely topic, and many go thru it. I too was told to eat anything I wanted after my takedown. Wrong! I learned the hard way that fiber, fresh produce, candy, chocolate, etc. wreak havoc on my gut. Still do, after 10 years! I can eat candy in moderation. A few choc. chip cookies but not a lot. I can have oh one or two berries, if that - not a bowl-full. As I used to before surgery. I avoid all fresh berries and fresh pineapple. Way too much roughage for my tender insides.

The original poster mentioned baths. While soaking in the tub helps, I find that a sitz bath works better when I'm raw and irritated. That sitting down position and soaking in warm water goes right to the source. You can't quite get the soothing water into these crevices and this area of the body without a sitz bath. A bidet would work well too. But soaking in the actual water - heaven! When you're irritated that is....I like to add a tablespoon of either baking soda (cheap option) or Aveeno oatmeal powder that comes in larger packets you use in a regular bath for extreme itching, for say chicken pox or poison ivy.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!

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