Recovery after surgery

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   Posted 11/11/2007 4:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Had my colon removal surgery 10/22. Was in the hospital 11 days. The small intestines were slow to wake up.

I guess it hasn't been that long but I still do not feel very good. My abdomen hurts and I'm so sore. I'm eating and going to the bathroom. Going hurts some. Don't know if that will every go away.

I really want to take some Motrin to help my body relax but my wound (had lapo surgery but have the 3 or 4 inch incision at the bikini line) keeps bleeding so I can't take the Motrin b/c it thins the blood. Thinking I'm gonna have to call the doctor on Monday and ask for a pain reliever.

They sent me home w/ oxycodone but I guess the dosage isn't high enough b/c it did nothing for me when I took it.

It's 4:30am. I'm up and can't sleep or relax.

How long does it take to start feeling normal again?

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   Posted 11/11/2007 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I Take Tylenol for pain. It does not have the same blood-thinning result as Nsaids (like Motrin, Aspirin, Aleve, etc.) Check with your doc first, but this helps me a lot. For severe pain I did better with hydromorphone. I think everyone heals differently but you are still not that far from the surgery. I hope you feel better soon!!! Good luck!

Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 8 months in ICU at Westchester County M.C. (I think that's a record). Second surgery for resection due to fistulas in January 2007. Been slowly recovering since then. Possible reconnection candidate.

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   Posted 11/11/2007 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I know how you feel. I had an ileostomy done and it took awhile for my insides to wake up too. I have the two inch insision at my naval and it hurt for a few days. I am better on the pain scale than most people I guess. I did not have the pain you are having but then again most people heal differently. Talking to your doc is still the best thing you can do though. I hope you get to feeling better soon and can rest alot better too.

just keep the faith and things will turn out better for ya.

Ileostomy Oct. 17,2007 Only temporary till next year

No meds at present

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   Posted 11/11/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not have any words of wisdom to share with you. I just wanted you to know that I hope you feel better soon. Thanks for your post. I was thinking about you while you were away.
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot

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   Posted 11/11/2007 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the responses. :) Thanks for thinking of me Amey :)

I think my incision is finally slowing on the bleeding. I'm using neosportin (triple antibiotic) on it with butterfly bandages on the part that wasn't covered with the strips. I had a hematoma right at the incision which has been bleeding a lot.

Tylenol doesn't do much for me. But I have xanax that seems to be helping some. I'm really trying to not take any heavier drugs.

It's just so hard b/c I was running two miles before the surgery. It's hard to be so laid up.

Thanks everyone for listening :)

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   Posted 11/12/2007 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad things are starting to take a turn for the better.  Be patient with yourself.  I think you just might be expecting too much, too soon.  This was a major surgery even if you had it lapo and only have a small scar.  And, you've probably heard me say before, everyone heals at their own pace.
Keep your chin up.  And if taking the meds helps you to relax, then take them.  You may want to check in with the doc just to be sure he feels you are on the right track with the bleeding and all. 
But be sure that you continue to keep moving.  Walking is a really good way to wake up the muscles and work the soreness out.  As bad as it hurts tho, it really is helping you in the long run.  Or they wouldn't be pushing it in the hospital the day after surgery, right?!!
Good Luck and let us know what the doc says and how you are doing,

Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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