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Greetings again DD Community,
I hope that everyone is doing okay out there!
It has been 8 months since my Sigmoidectomy and a little incident prompted me to
seek advice/input from those who have had the same surgery.
To re-cap, I had a laparoscopic sigmoidectomy resection. I recovered nicely and after my
one month checkup with my surgeon cleared me to eat what I like and resume normal activities etc.
During this in-between time I had a little bout of constipation in November. This was caused to my knowledge of eating too many donuts. Prune juice did the trick. Since then no incidents. I will say every now and then that I do feel a little twinge at the source of my resection. Hard to describe but a little pulse of pain here and there that generally subsides and disappears within a short time.
My present concern came this week after consuming too much pork (pork chops) in a two day period.
I noticed a level of discomfort that had not been with me since before my surgery. While it has some features of the pain I had with DD, it somehow feels a little different. The usual waves of cramping, bloating and discomfort are there but I am not having the issues I had before with urination etc.
The last few days I've been going with the low-residue diet of chicken noodle soup, fruit bars, yogurt and plenty of water. It feels like it's slowly improving but i feel rather fatigued still in my gut.
I did call my surgeon and he told me that more than likely this is not DD. He said that many patients will have bouts of this within the first year after the resection. Something along the lines of healing tissue at the point of resection. I can certainly say that I have put back on the weight I lost over a year. the lowest i weighed was 149lbs. Currently I am around 175lbs and that weight was put on gradually as my appetite and ability to eat more increased. It's easy to forget the old pains when you're starving for foods you haven't had in a while. This, I need to watch as well as my meal portions. Maybe i've been over eating, who knows.....makes me wonder if it's putting the strain on my resection or whether it's re-occuring DD?
Doc said he wants me to do a single dose of milk of magnesia and stick with the liquid diet for another day to help clear it up. I was wondering if anyone with the experience of a resection can relate any stories of similar nature? Over-eating hard to digest foods like red meats can put a lot of stress on your bowels so I'm praying that this is truly the problem vs a re-occurence .
Cheers to you All!
Daniel from Iowa (USA).
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