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3 months post-op Unable to produce a normal bowel movement 3 months post-op Unable to produce a normal bowel movement

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Unread 04-29-2009, 03:08 PM
Re: 3 months post-op Unable to produce a normal bowel movement

I have had bladder and bowel problems since my surgery in Nov. Actually I am having a colonoscopy and endoscopy tommorow. My bowels don't seem to move on their own either, and it never feels like I am finished. I have alot of bloating and distention in my abdomen. Some days are better that others. They had me try all these restrictive diets, pretty much since the surgery due to bladder and bowel issues. Nothing seems to work. There is no rhyme or reason as to the days that are worse. One night I had chicken soup and soda crackers. The next day I had only water in the morning and applesauce for lunch. I was so bloated and uncomfortable, I could hardly stand it. I ate supper that night and thought what the heck, I am just going to eat normal and had a turkey sandwich, potatoe salad and pasta salad. Felt fine the next day. I had a bm both days, same consistancy, small and thin. Sometimes after a bm my whole pelvic area hurts, it kind of feels like vaginally too the pain is coming from. So strange and frustrating. I don't know what to eat anymore. I hope they find something (not to serious) that they can fix. I never feel like going anywhere, because of the bloating and being uncomfortable. After I have a bm, alot of times it causes my bladder to feel like it needs to pee constantly. Anyone else have any of these symptoms? The urologist says get the GI issues checked before he goes any futher. The GI already wants to write this off to irritable bowel syndrome. I don't see that. I never had problems before I could eat anything, and it does not seem to matter what I eat or drink as far as the symptoms. Heck I am even burping from just drinking water all day. Well have to go drink some more of that lovely stuff to prep for the colonoscopy.
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Unread 04-29-2009, 07:03 PM
Re: 3 months post-op Unable to produce a normal bowel movement

Me too! Before my surgery, my bowels worked fine and I had a bm every morning without any effort. I had the da vinci about 10 weeks ago and now things are not working! I only go once every 3 or 4 days! I feel bloated all the time! I've been using fiber tablets for a week and have noticed no difference. I haven't tried anything else but I'll be making a trip to the pharmacy. Wish me luck!
Unread 04-29-2009, 07:57 PM
Re: 3 months post-op Unable to produce a normal bowel movement

I had the colonoscopy and endoscopy in September last year, so I have always had bowel problems. I need to have one every 5 years and I am feeling for you. They are not nice and the stuff you have to drink. It is horrible having to be on the toilet all day cleaning out the system. The goods news in having the colonoscopy is that the stuff you have and the fasting does actually clean out your systyem and you will find that you feel "clean" i guess is the word for a few months. Try and drink plenty of water and eat health especially high fibre stuff as this willrolong that clean feeling. I hope they find a solution for you. My doc has told me to drink prune juice everyday. I can't weat prunes but find cold prune juice through a straw is actually not bad at all and it does help. Just don't over do it like I did. I was that bloated and constipated (Well that is how it feels all the time) that i drank a litre of it and i was on the tiolet for some time. I could feel it working from the top of my bowel right to the bottom. But it did get rid of the bloated belly (for a while anyway).
I too have notived since the VH that my b/motions are small and skinny. Not sure if it is from the post repair i had. Doc said he had to tighten and pull in the ligaments on the back wall of the pelvis (which is only mm's away from the bowel)?? Who knows. reading through everyones, there seems to be a big pattern in bowel problems after hysterecotomys.
Prior to the VH, I was always prescibed panadeine forte pain killers which I had to take constantly 3 weeks out of 4 for the period pain, cramps and spams which I believe has contributed to my bowel problems from the codiene. I am hoping after the recovery, i will be pain free and won't need to take them so hopefully if i look after my diet and drink plenty of water the problem should get better.
All the best for your bowel investingation.
Unread 04-29-2009, 10:00 PM
Re: 3 months post-op Unable to produce a normal bowel movement

I have had problems with my bowels since surgery since in January. Had blood in my stool back in Feb. The doctor told me to make an apt with a specialist and I tried to make the appt and there was a 2 month wait. so I blew it off. A month and a half later I received a certified letter from my doctor that said "this is very important" you must see the specialist. I really did not think it was a big deal so I did not see anymore blood. Well the docor told me that I need a colonoscopy. He said I could blow it off if I wanted and that normally he would not have had to do this procedure but because I had blood at some point it is a test that he has to do. Not looking forward to it and will do it maybe in the fall. Although things are better they are not like they were pre-surgery. My doctor said that the bowels are settling into their new spot since my uterus is no longer there.
Unread 04-29-2009, 10:05 PM
Re: 3 months post-op Unable to produce a normal bowel movement

Yes I did, it was adhesions on my bowels... still recovering so I don't know how well the surgery "took", but I had difficulty and pain passing bowels and also with urination because my bladder also had adhesions / scar tissue on it that was causing me pain.
Unread 05-09-2009, 10:14 PM
Re: 3 months post-op Unable to produce a normal bowel movement

my doctor told me to take the senakot S it's more natural. OMG it took about two days and I had the best bowel movement ever It felt so good to not be bloated and full of pain before each movement. Also I started taking probiotics each night and they seem to help. My doctor said it is going to take about a year, because when you colon cleanse you are basically stripping your intestines of everything good and bad bacteria that help in the process of breaking down your bowel. I take two at night before bed and take my probiotic in the morning. I feel pretty good so far, but when I start weaning myself off of the pills I will have to update this post.
Unread 05-10-2009, 03:04 PM
Re: 3 months post-op Unable to produce a normal bowel movement

I have an update about this.

I had a reply on this thread from another lady who suffered this, she told me she was recommended to take Magnesium tablets 400mg by her doctor and suggested I tried it too.

Well I have been taking these for about 3 weeks once aday with a small bowl of bran in the morning and my bowels are doing so much better its unbelievable to what was going on before, I was so fed up with it, as I just couldnt GO at all.

Please if you try this only take Magnesium Oxide not other variations as these can have a laxative effect and are not for long term usage.

Good luck hope this helps.

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