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I'm sorry post is so long but have so many worries I could do with some advice/Information from others who has had same op...Thankyou for reading.
I had the operation just over three weeks ago on the 12th November...spent two days in High Dependency Unit then five on the ward.
Was allowed home but apart from nutrition advice and being told bowels would take a week or two to get back to normal I was given no idea what else to expect...waiting for appointment for one month follow up with Surgeon.
First five days I hardly ate or drank as the smell and taste of food in the hospital made we want to gag...everything tasted or smelt bad...slowly getting appetite back and following nutrition sheet.
Felt terribly constipated with no bowel movement for the first week then diarrhea for another five days...now back to feeling as if I need to empty bowels but constipated...I am able some mornings to pass soft stools by pushing up hard on my buttocks...very painful but once I've managed to pass any stools I'm left shaking and looking really ashen faced...it's some sort of relief and doesn't last as long as that awful constipated feeling where it's impossible to even sit down.
GP subscribed Senna so bought Senokot Max Strength Senna and they are not working...still feeling constipated...at my 'wits end' and dread mornings.
Something else is I was cut from just over an inch above and through the navel...stitches have all but dissolved now but the navel and stomach area is still painful and still sore to touch..is this normal? GP doesn't seem to be at all concerned just told recovery times vary for each individuals.
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