SURVIVING - I'm so excited to hear you're doing SO much better now!! I'm sure KNOWING the why's of your situation is really a blessing to you!! Isn't the weight loss WONDERFUL!! I topped out at 30lbs and have regained five, give or take - AND not looking pregnant anymore is even better LOL!!
RESA - I'll be thinking and praying for you!! I'm sure you're having rollercoaster emotions about now - I sure did - I'm sure everyone else here did as well. Just know that you will feel like and be a new person in a matter of weeks (maybe several weeks, but weeks)!! Seeing that I suffered with my condition for 43 years - the last 16 weeks have been trying and a blessing all wrapped up in one!!
PHYLLISB - Since my total hysterectomy four years ago - I do take homone replacment via a patch. I couldn't deal with the sudden onset of the hot flashes and severe mood swings. I take medication for severe depression and mood disorders as it is. I know their are risks to hormone replacement, actually there's a risk with any medication, so I opted for hormone replacement knowing I counldn't handle the hot flashes and severe mood swings anymore.
You mentioned being a hollow woman if you do indeed have to have a hysterectomy. I had those same feelings!! I made a statement in a previous post about the weeks of such tenderness post-op and it being some how related to being a "hallow" woman. The tenderness was EXACTLY where my female organs used to be (I had endometriosis so bad for many years and after serveal surgeries and much pain, it continued to come back, leaving me in severe pain in the female organ area all the time). I have noticed one improvement if it will make you feel better - I don't dribble anymore when I sneeze, cough, or laugh real hard anymore. I can only imagine what my remaining organs were thinking after the 5 1/2 feet of colon was removed - it was probably like me walking into a mansion and trying to decided where I wanted to go first LOL!!!
LISA - I'm happy to hear you're seeking a permanent resolution to your situation. If it helps any, many colorectal surgeons (or general surgeons) are so booked in advance for this type of surgery that you will more than likely be able to finish your schooling if you get in now to see a specialist/surgeon.
I too had to take laxatives for many years for my constipation. My situation began when I was 15 months old and by the time I was 19 or so - I HAD NO other choice than to take laxatives. There was absoluetly NOTHING else that worked, and up until two or three years ago, they didn't work anymore. I was actually taking 48 extra strength Exlax over a three day span, drinking that magnesium stuff in the green bottles, Miralax, Lactalose, Zelnorm, Amitiza (all at the same time) and hardly NOTHING was moving.
I did the two day prepping before surgery, Miralax, Ducolax, and a fleet enema the morning of surgery. Upon arriving at the hospital I was given SEVEN of those deep enemas before they cleared me for surgery. The nurse was in awe when she saw how much of the fluid I could take in before having to take off the the bathroom!!
Sorry if I've repeated myself on anything - just like to share and help those facing surgery or those who are in recovery!!
GOD BLESS!! ROBIN