Bowels after surgery

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   Posted 1/2/2012 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   

I am having some trouble getting things regulated bowel movement wise after surgery on 11-17 for RP. I was taking some vocodine and it seem to stop me up and I developed hemorrhoids. I stopped the vicodine and started taking Metamusel and it seems to be helping a lot.

Question ... spicy food?, Beer and alcohol

Incontinence is abating but I got to get my BMs straightened out.

Oh, I seem to be getting sensitivity sexual wise to some extent. I almost had an orgasm the other night but stopped it because I was afraid it would be very painful. Thanks

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   Posted 1/2/2012 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm surprised your post-op instructions dd not include a stool softener.

Doubly so with narcotic pain meds, which do tend to cause constipation. I did not need the narcotics but I was still told to be on stool softeners for 4 weeks post-op unless I got the runs.

Pay attention to what goes in the front end - stewed prunes if you want, or simply high-fiber food - whole grains, veggies, not too much meat. Helps a lot with what comes out the far end. Don't know that spicy matters that much. Stick to one drink a day on the alcohol front, or none if you are taking narcotics...

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   Posted 1/2/2012 4:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Golfnooch (great name BTW). The orgasm thing still freaks me out. I see the Doc tomorrow and will ask him or his knock out nurse practitioner about it.

I did take the stool softener and after your input will start again. The metamucil is working wonders for me.

How about spicy foods or beer? I drank a lot of fluids… cranberry and pomegranate early on but have stopped. OK more fluids here I come but the more fluids the more leakage ... well maybe. I seem to be doing well there. Dry at night (but several trips to the bathroom) and not bad, 2 pads during day and they are not very wet. I wish the pads had wings on the side. Maybe some do. The thing is that if I have a BM coming down the shoot then it puts pressure on my bladder and then I gotta go pee. This happens especially at night and interrupts my sleep. I will look.
Again, thanks for your input.

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   Posted 1/2/2012 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Random.

Pay attention to front end. Good advice I think but back end in my case is definitely having an impact on front end. I think I will put down the beer for a while especially since the holidays are finally over. I say finally because this year has been a much different one. I look forward to 2012.

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   Posted 1/3/2012 1:02 AM (GMT -7)   
My BMs were different after surgery and still are a bit different now having had SRT as well, but I have only been constipated once or twice. (That definitely makes things ache where the prostate used to be.) Walking drinking and massaging my lower back usually help deal with it.
I feel that I was quuick lucky to have my surgery in July as I was able to eat lots of fresh fruit in the early stage of my recovery. Strawberries, raspberries etc are nearly always in the supermarket here, but it was the right season for them then, so they were cheaper and tastier. also lots of (seedless) grapes about too, and I usually eat a banana every day too. Also had lots of salads with meals, then and am still eating much more in the way of salad, even in the depths of winter. (I always eat/serve a side salad with Italian food for instance).

Beer can make a lot of gas (at both ends), but you can reduce that if you pour it badly so you get a lot of froth. As I know tend to have just one glass of beer I now pick something more expensive with a better flavour and quality to drink slowly and enjoy. If I'm thirsty and want a beer I have a glass of water first. (That's a trick my daughter taught me: she drinks a glass of water when she wants lemonade coke etc, then she only feels like having a small coke and thus consumes less sugar etc that way.)

I seem to have coped over Xmas and New Year when I've drunk a larger amount of alcohol, but about ten years ago we started drinking wine out of smaller glasses which seemed to make a big difference to how much we drank.

Spicy food often just keeps me awake, biggest difference I've noticed is regarding onions. I now cook with shalots or white/sweet onions instead of "regular" onions and have much less "indigestion" as a result. Also brocolli instead of cauliflower makes a difference. (My farts now tend to be odourless!!)

I think that regarding BMs after surgery this is an area where things defintiley get better for everyone.


will get better as time passes
Age dx 48
04/09 PSA 8.6, DRE neg. Biop 2/12 pos. G=3+3
07/09 RALP at AVL Amsterdam
Cath out at 1wk Dry at night
PostOp G=3+4 Bladder neck & Left SVI -T3b. No PNI No vasc.inv. Clear margins
09/09 No pads
11/09 PSA 0.1
03/10 PSA 0.4 04/10 CT.
Summer/10 66Gy SRT
09/10 PSA<0.1
01/11 PSA<0.1
04/11 PSA<0.1
07/11 PSA<0.1
10/11 PSA<0.1
No real ED
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