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Anyone Have Digestion Problems after Surgery. Anyone Have Digestion Problems after Surgery.

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Unread 04-11-2010, 04:34 PM
Anyone Have Digestion Problems after Surgery.

Has anyone experienced problems with their digestion after surgery? It's been 1 year ago since my surgery, and I've been having problems with bloating after eating. My stomach looks like it did before surgery when I had fibroids. I've been to my gastro dr, had both a colonoscopy and an endoscopy with negative results. I was hoping that my stomach would go back to normal after recovering from the hysterectomy. Now I have this digestive problem to deal with. I have another appointment with my gastro dr next week. I would love to hear from anyone else with this problem.
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Unread 04-11-2010, 06:22 PM
Re: Anyone Have Digestion Problems after Surgery.

Since the surgery my digestive system has been a mess. I have Crohn's,IBS, GERD, and IC(interstitial cystitis) that have combined to make my stomach a mess. Have had CT scans, endoscopy, colonoscopy and gi series with nothing found so far. I don't have the bloating as much as cramping but my belly looks big. My doc tells me to drink lots of water, use probiotics and hopefully things will calm down. I don't know if this helps or not just wanted to let you know that you aren't alone. I swear if I hear the term "you are a slow healer-you should be healed my now" I will scream. I would try to keep track of when this occurs and if there are certain foods that make it worse(I saw this posted by another sister and have been following it over the last few days). Anything that you can tell the doctor may help him figure out what is happening. Hope you feel better. Sending lots of
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Unread 04-12-2010, 12:45 PM
Re: Anyone Have Digestion Problems after Surgery.

Diamond21, I have been having problems with my digestive track ever since my surgery almost three months ago!! At first I thought it was just from pain meds etc, but it does not seem to be getting better. I have lots of stomach pain after I eat anything, nausea, wierd gurgling sounds, bloating and gas, and it seems I spend hours everyday in the bathroom with loose stools! (Sorry don't mean to gross you out!) I keep hoping that it will resolve itself and sometimes I have a few days when I feel almost normal, but then the symptoms start all over again. My husband says that I need to call my doctor, but I keep hoping that things will get better. In the meantime I am going to try cutting caffiene, sugar free foods and fat out of my diet and see if that helps. I am going toeat only foods on the BRAT diet for a few days and see if that helps. If you go to the doctor, let me know what you find out.
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Unread 04-12-2010, 06:47 PM
Re: Anyone Have Digestion Problems after Surgery.

crazyhorselady,
Love your saying as I also have horses. To the serious stuff though, if this is an ongoing problem since the surgery, I would seriously consider calling my doctor. You may have an infection that is causing problems. It doesn't sound like it is getting better so I think letting the doctor know about your problems is a good idea. They can tell you if it is something to worry about or not. good luck. Sending lots of hugs
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Unread 04-12-2010, 06:50 PM
Re: Anyone Have Digestion Problems after Surgery.

My surgery was almost 8 months ago and I have the same problem. I can't figure out the correlation between surgery and this issue but my stomach literally "blows up" after I eat. It's like I've been inflated with air. I thought it was my imagination but my family notices it too.

I have not been to a doc about it yet as I've sort of accepted it as a post-op issue but I certainly don't like it.

Best wishes to you. I hope it gets better soon.

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Unread 04-12-2010, 07:41 PM
Re: Anyone Have Digestion Problems after Surgery.

I have similar stomach issues and my surgery was just over 10 months ago. I can't eat large, or even actually regular, amounts of food at one time or I feel so overly and uncomfortably stuffed and bloated. I wish I had an answer because going out to dinner or having a special holiday dinner is not much fun anymore. I always have to be careful not to cross that line or I know I will feel miserable for hours.

Although, I guess all things considered, it isn't the worst thing that could happen. I would like to believe it is still something to do with hormones and will eventually work out. We'll see.

Best wishes to all of you.
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Unread 04-12-2010, 09:00 PM
Re: Anyone Have Digestion Problems after Surgery.

My surgery(TAH) was May 19,2009.There are still some foods that I enjoyed prior to my surgery that upset my stomach, like spicy and heavy foods.There are some foods I used to eat all the time and for some reason I don't want them anymore at all.When I eat whole grain foods and nuts I get really bad intestinal cramping the next day,so now I avoid them.I feel full faster than I used to when I'm eating.
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Unread 04-14-2010, 06:05 PM
Re: Anyone Have Digestion Problems after Surgery.

I am now following a bladder friendly diet. It is very similar to diet for GERD,IBS and has helped me. I found it at the interstitial cystitis site(google it and I am sure you will find the site and the diet). I can't eat a lot of the foods I used to and was really fighting it. I hated having to give up my favorites such as pizza, spaghetti, Pepsi,green tea and hot chocolate to name a few. My doctors really think that this may be a permanent thing now. I am learning to adjust as I go along. Wishing you all the best.
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Unread 04-14-2010, 08:03 PM
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Dear hystersister,
I had a full hyst five months ago and I have alos been having stomach/bowel problems ever since. I have severe dirreaha after I eat and I have had dirreaha on and off for the full five moths now. As well as bloating and indigestion. I have since been to my dr. and I am waiting to hear from an endoscopic specialist to do further testing.
It is unfortunate but I am glad to hear that I am not alone with these problems. I thought I was going crazy and I was hoping I was done with alot of these issues since my hyst.
Let us know how things go with you and good luck and take care of yourself.
Sincerely,
your endo/hystersister
Nicole aka Monchichi
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Unread 04-15-2010, 06:55 PM
Re: Anyone Have Digestion Problems after Surgery.

Nicola,
I am sorry you are having problems. Hopefully the specialist will be able to help you and see if there is a reason for your problems. I know that the surgery really knocked my system for a loop. Believe me, you aren't alone. My docs are saying it is very common for the surgery to really mess up your system and it can take time to settle down. I do take probiotics which my doc recommended to try to help my system. Hope you feel better. Sending lots of hugs.
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