Bowel resection done 11 weeks ago suffering with bad constipation

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I'm suffering every 3rd day from constipation I'm having pain along were my bowel op was done I'm taking lactose as described by my doc it's so painful , I also suffer with nerve damage due to surgery has one else had resection surgery experiencing these problems.

Any advise welcome.

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    My surgeon told me to take a teaspoon of metamucil in the mornings and miralax at night. That took care of my constipation.

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    So not what I wanted to read with my colostomy reversal scheduled for tomorrow, sorry to hear about the ongoing pain, I've read many possible complications such as scar tissue causing food not to process correctly (or something like that), can you explain your diet after the surgery if you wouldn't mind?

    I can't hardly imagine I will have any kind of appetite for weeks after my op tomorrow, please feel free to share, I'm much more calm about the surgery itself as it seems like getting to the op room without getting sick on the cusp of winter has been the ultimate challenge.

    I'm hoping not to get a runny nose on my way to check into the hospital 😦

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    I'm going on 2 years from colon resection surgery. It will take your body time to heal on the inside. My surgeon told me that I could eat anything I wanted...WRONG. Found out he was testing me. For myself I stayed on the bland, soft diet for 8 weeks to give my body time to completely heal, then slowly ventured out into the real world of food. Always eat in moderation, space out the days of fresh vegetables (careful of the gassy ones), spice, fried foods. Lots of water, I drink 1 small Gatorade every morning for electrolytes. I also drink Metamucil and milk of magnesium after breakfast. It helps with the fiber and keeps your stools soft. I've said many times, remind yourself that everyone is different and has different reactions. Excercise (walking) is a major plus with the digestive system. Eventually you will know what works and what doesn't.

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      I am not sure if I am understanding that right, your surgeon intentionally misled your diet post surgery literally, or they just turned out to give bad directive?

      That is my greatest fear is getting bad advice, and whether a healed resection is as solid as a normal intestine, or if I might eat too fast one day and just split my guts in half / fall over dead.

      Could you expand on the food statement and what consequences you found with eating? It seems like the first mistake could be your last with this kind of surgery.

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      I'm sorry to freak you out. My surgeon and I had discussed prior to my surgery my diet which at that time was very limited. I read everything I could on this dang disease and realized the pain I was experiencing was not the norm. I was definitely ready for this surgery and had questions, one of which is diet. He said it depends on the individual as each person is different. He came to talk with me after I was out of recovery and told me my intuition was spot on (that something wasn't right). I had tears/holes in my colon and sepsis had been flourishing. It had spread to all my organs from the stomach down, was only mere inches from my heart. The surgery saved my life. I noticed immediately the constant nausea was gone. His steak question was testing my knowledge, I told him I wasn't craving a steak, but was craving a good salad which I couldn't eat for years. I stated I was staying on a bland, soft diet for at least 8 weeks. His response was good girl, that's what he wanted to hear. I don't care what some people say, surgery should be your last resort. etc. Most of those people never experienced the pain and nausea this disease gives you. Now I'm able to eat foods I hadn't eaten in years , although in moderation. The surgery will change your quality of life for the better .

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      Yeah it is a definitely a disease with a learning curve, my surgeon advised before surgery that once reconnected there is no food restrictions if it heals properly and the only thing that would trigger another episode is if any diverticula forms in the future.

      Thank you for the clarification though, much appreciated 😃

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    I would use prune juice for bowels , its healthy for you and it MOVES the bowels start out with 4 to 6 onces a day , when I was really constipated I drink 8 ounces after things are moving good you could drop down to 3 ounces daily.

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