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   Posted 11/16/2007 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone.  Hope you may be able to give me some help. My Mother (81) recently had bowel cancer operation and has an ostomy bag for small bowel. It is 4 weeks since the op. We have her at home now and are looking after her, however you are sent home with offers of support which never seem to happen. My sister and I have asked heaps of questions, but rarely get understable answers, or the person we need to question is never available, so hoping you might shed some light.
We were told it is normal for her to lose some waste from her large bowel. Though only small amount if there is leakage from small bowel. However a  couple of times now she has been in enormous pain then eventually while on the toilet has lost a very large amount of fluid from back passage. I mean quite a lot 2 cups or more?? Haven't measured.  Now I hope I have asked this correctly, if not will post another.  Can anyone shed light on this for us please?  Is it normal to lose that amount, and more than once?  If it is normal, how long does it continue for?  Poor Mum is getting very stressed and worrying about having to return to hospital.  Thanks for replies.

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   Posted 11/16/2007 10:45 PM (GMT -6)   
What she is passing is probably mucous (brownish yellowish liquid). This is completely normal since the rectum and anus are still intact too and all of these parts normally produce mucous to help stool slide along. It will probably happen on a regular basis since the body must get rid of the excess mucous, although there shouldn't be 'enormous pain' while passing it (usually it's uncomfortable but not excessive pain).
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   Posted 11/17/2007 2:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, I will pass the information on. She tells us she has lower back pain, then lower front pain, and doesn't seem to really know. We assume this is because of her age and the fact it is a huge operation at 81 and only 4 weeks into recovery. I will have a browse through your other posts also.
Thank you again.

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   Posted 11/17/2007 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
She shouldn't have "a lot" of anything coming from back there. If it continues, a phone call to the surgeon would be in order. It may be something he had to do surgically and he'll tell you yeah, it will happen for a while. But, you don't wan't to overlook a potential problem. Keep an eye on her output, that seems like a lot to me.
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