Retraining colon

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Background:

I have had 5 years of constant diarrhea 6-20+ times a day. After extensive testing, there was no real answers. Eventually i found the right dr and I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I had severe adhesions attached from my uterus to my bowel and as a result had a hystorectomy 2 months ago.

Since then my bowels have been progressively inproving and i now go normally once a day. I am having some pain afterwards which i feel is probably due to the muscles being sore now they have started to work properly again.

Has anyone been in this situation? Did it improve? Is there anything i can do to help it along?

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    I have at age 19....time.

    Rest, relax, and be patient. Your body has been through quite an ordeal.

    Do activities you enjoy, visit friends, read a book....it does completely heal.

    hugs

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    Hi Karen. mine is a similar story to yours. i have diagnosed bowel & digestive conditions last 4+ years. but since may i have been having chronic bowel problems again & endured many investigative procedures & my gastroenterologist is still at a loss & has referred me himself for a 2nd opinion at another hospital in our region.

    when i read your post, it made me think. i have been having irregular prolonged menstrual bleeding for the last 2yrs & have this entered my perimenopause phase. i recently had a transvaginal ultrasound to investigate the prolonged bleeding (along with more pronounced pelvic/back pain last 6mths), & it showed my womb lining to be too thick at 11mm, & that 2 of the layers in uterus appeared to be merged. i have seen a gynae couple of weeks ago, & she has referred me for a hysteroscopy with biopsies. anyway, your post made me think could my bowel problems & gynae issue be connected - ie endometriosis???

    i am currently on "band aid" meds to slow my bowels down & in turn reduce the pain that would get worse with the more bowel movements i have in a day while the gastro at another hospital takes another look at my case. i tend to bleed menstrually about 2-3wks out of every 4. i do notice when i have a bowel movement i get more menstrual blood at the same time. my lower ab is constantly bloated, so probably puts a bit of pressure on uterus.  i just wondered your opinion, & how they found out about the adhesions (ie what tests).

    thankyou in advance. x

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      Hi.

      Sounds very possible that endo could be playing a part. I had significsnt prolonged bleeding too which made it difficult to find any kind of pattern in my symptoms.

      The endo and adhesions were diagnosed during a laproscopy in 2015. They cleaned them up at the time and I had a short period of relief before the symptoms returned. By October this yesr when i went back i had an adhesion from my bladder to my uterus, uterus to bowel and my ovaries were stuck to my abdominal wall.

      I think it is definitly worth asking for a laproscopy. Even if they dont find any endo it will give them another angle to look at your bowel.

      Good luck!

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      Thankyou for the info Karen. whichever comes first who i see next gynae or gastro, i will mention this possibility to them. I would've never connected them until i read your post.

      many thanks, & i hope you carry on healing & your pain lessens. x

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      Thats ok. Happy to answer any more questions you may have.

      Just be aware that if you ask a gastro there is a fair chance they will deny that there could be a link. Most women take 8 years + to get a proper diagnosis and this is one of the reasons why.

      Good luck!

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