Thanks to all of you for you responses and support while I'm going thru this.
AMEY - I'm A LOT confused regarding the IBS and how it and they (doctors) define it and yes the Bentyl is for the spasms. I've been quite uncomfortable (tender and sore in the entire abdomen area) for some time now, at least six months.
Back in the beginning of May my bm's decreased quite a bit and I noticed that I was becoming bloated again like I was prior to the TC, as well as, my entire abdomen region being very tender. I made an appointment with the surgeon back in June. Upon examination he discovered this "big lump/mass on the right side of the abdomen and performed a CAT scan and a colonoscopy (on the very little colon I have left). The CAT scan showed nothing and during the colonoscopy he removed 3 or 5 polyps that weren't there before surgery. At this point in the game he recommened MiraLax daily to get things moving again/better. For a little while the MiraLax worked pretty good, however, I'm up to two doses a day now.
Then on 9-11-07 when I had an evening bm the toilet was filled with nothing but dark, dark red blood. I was like "what is wrong now" - I wasn't really having "more" discomfort so I brushed it off until the next morning, the same thing, and then when I had another bm - same thing. So I called the surgeon's office and the first thing they wanted to contribute this to was hemorrhoids. I was like "I've had internal hemorrhoids for years and this has never happened". I explained the amount of blood, that when I flushed the toilet dark red blood came back up. I was then told that if I'm bleeding that bad go to the ER - but I didn't and said if it happened the next morning I would then go to the ER. The next day came and not a trace of blood - it stopped as fast as it started and I left it at that.
Then a few weeks ago I went for my anual pap (I don't have any female organs but they still say it's necessary to have a pap anually) so I just see my primary for that. I was telling her what had happened a few week prior so she felt around my tummy and could feel that lump/mass and was really concerned. She performed a rectal to see if I had any blood in that area and it showed no blood. Her adivse to me was to go to the ER and let them run tests and do blood work to see if I'm bleeding internally to rule out a hematoma (don't know how to smell that).
Again I let this fall on deaf ears and did nothing. Then for the past few weeks I've experienced more and more pain and discomfort and finally called the surgeon and they got me in to see him on Friday. I was telling him all of what happened and he felt around and low and behold the lump/mass is there and my entire abdomen area is tender to the very touch. I was telling him that just two days prior the pain and discomfort kept me in bed. I explained to him that I get these shooting pains across the upper part of my abdomen and it moves from one side to the other. This is when he said it's more than likely spasms I'm having and prescribed me the Bentyl. I also addressed the "lump/mass" so he has ordered another CAT scan for this week - I'm still waiting on his office to call with the date.
He looked back in his records on the last CAT scan which showed nothing and then mentioned something about scar tissue and/or the small intestine settling in this area. So this is where things stand now. Oh, he did mention that if I bleed like that again he wants to be notified ASAP and that's when I explain to him that I did call his office and someone there wrote it off as hemorrids then told me if I'm bleeding that much I should go to the ER - in hindsight now I wish I would have done just that - gone to the ER!! Yes, I'm extremely nervous and scared especially if this CAT scan comes back as normal because this is NOT normal.
PEGGY - Thanks again for your support and encouragement!! I do not have an ileostomy. When I had my TC for Colonic Inertial they connected the small intestine to my rectum and that is my new way of transit.
God is SO good - His blessings are endless!
Trust in Him with all your heart!
Know He's in control over every situation you face!!