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Author Topic: "D" after bowel resection?  (Read 4969 times)

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« on: May 30, 2004, 12:09:10 AM »

Just wanted to know from anyone who's had a resection if it's normal 3 weeks post op to be having "D" so much, i'm going all the time like every couple of hours.  What can i do to slow it down?  Can't remember what it was like last time.  I'm going to make an appt to see GI too cause i think it's a bit much.  
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2004, 03:25:57 AM »

Dawn,
I think maybe you should call your doctor just to be sure.
I have had alot of resections and the diarreah is what I will have as "normal"  for a bm I was told.  
This may  not be true for you tho.  Have you started or are you back to eating solid foods yet?
Keep us posted.
Hope the rest of your recovery is going well.
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« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2004, 04:59:44 AM »

First and foremost, call your doctor.  Please.

Second, I had D constantly...my normal  BM...and it was awful, I agree.  My surgeon gave me Lomotil, my doc said take Immodium, he doesn't like Lomotil.  Anyway...for me, and forgive me for not using the technical words...I was told that the "valve" that slows everything down was removed....I guess the "door was left open", so everything was going through that door, and it was going through quickly.  That was almost ten years ago...and I still remember it well...sorry I'm not much help.  But I do understand.
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« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2004, 09:51:31 AM »

Dawn, after my resection I have always had D.  Did they give you anything for it? They started me with lomotil but it gave me awful headaches, and then switched to prescription imodium. Ask your doctor if he can give you something. They made me switch to solid foods not too long before I left the hospital and I was still having D.
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2004, 02:54:57 PM »

Afte my resection I had "D" constantly.  Missed my daughter's graduation from College.  I was miserable for 2 months.  And wearing Depends!  It was the week end before I was released to go back to work and I was at my wits end knowing I couldn't work in the shape I was in and I was on the CCFA Ask the Specialist site and that is where I read about the Questran and gave it a try. I can't say enough about how it gave me a new life.
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2004, 03:37:27 PM »

I tried the questran  but it made me sick at first. It's not the taste,but  it makes my diarrhea worse at times. I did try working on the dosage amounts, and I think when I got tired of messing with it, it was half way helping. For me it is easier taking a pill or two instead of mixing the drink, I just wonder if Colestid would work, since it's just a pill and similiar to Questran.
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2004, 03:57:01 PM »

I, too am taking the Questran....and all I can say is I wish I had known about this for the past ten years.  It has totally changed my life in a very short time.[/font]
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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2004, 08:24:58 PM »

I may have to dig mine out, It might make the water around here taste better. I have been taking imodium since after my surgery. I just have to be careful to not take too much. Usually I can take two capsules in the morning and be alright for the day and into the next morning. I have found I would rather have lose BM's compared to the hard ones, they just hurt.
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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2004, 11:54:44 PM »

I was going to recommend the Questran, too.   :)  

My doc said that the section of small bowel that absorbs the liver bile was removed during my resection and that the colon would be so irritated that there would always be diarrhea.  At least that's what I remember.  The Questran is supposed to help with that.  I think the small bowel can learn to reabsorb after time.  But I don't really know what I'm talking about.

I'll just say that I've had diarrhea following both resection surgeries.

Are you having painful cramping, too?  Did you call your doctor, yet?  How are you doing?

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« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2004, 09:37:26 AM »

After my resection I had more D than before. Far more. Tried the Questran route and didn't care for it. It has been 3 years since the surgery and still get it more frequently than preivously. It is better than right after the surgery. It took almost a year before it settled into a pattern that I could live with without taking the Questran.
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« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2004, 09:42:49 AM »

Randy, I also have noticed a pattern. I had my resection in 88 and so have had a while to notice. LOL. I know in the mornings, I HAVE to have a bathroom close by. Some things I eat, I know it too. But it's easier to live with the D than constipation I think. The imodium has only stopped me up once, and that was when I was told to buy it over the counter. As long as I'm not going to the bathroom 20 times a day I can handle it. I know when it gets that bad, I need imodium or a doctor.
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2004, 09:23:29 PM »

Thanks so much for the replies, i haven't made an appt to see specialist yet, as i had my 4yr old up at the hosp on monday and we had to stay overnite and he had surgery tues morn for an undescended testicle, poor thing.  They had to put it back in the scrotum sack, he's a bit tender today and walking like john wayne as my hubby puts it lol..... anyway i hadn't even thought of the Questran i tried it a while ago but i was having so many probs with obstructions i was scared of blocking myself up, i'll get another script for it and try it again i think, will still go see specialist though as i have to see him post op anyhow.  Got no pain but am sick of having to rush off to bathroom at the drop of a hat and don't anyone get in my way either lol, luckily we got 2 hehehe.  Anyway will let you know how i go with it all.  Thanks again.
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2004, 10:09:26 PM »

Good luck to you and your little one, Dawn.   :)   I hope your diarrhea gets under control and that the little fellow gets to feeling better soon.

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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2004, 09:12:06 AM »

Hey Guys... but what exactly is Questran for? The only reason I ask is... I know every since my Mom had colon cancer five years ago (treated by removing a the affected section of her large and small bowels) she has had the big D constantly... just curious.  
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« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2004, 06:02:07 PM »

(((DAWN'S SON)))) I hope  everything goes ok for him!
The questran is suppose to absorb the bile salts and help you form firmer stools. It works for some and others it doesn't. For those that it helps, they swear by it and it's fairly cheap. It's a powder you can mix with water or juice. Also there is colestid, that is a pill and works much the same way.
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