Gall Stones with possible colon disease

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Registered: 04-23-2004
Gall Stones with possible colon disease
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Sun, 12-12-2010 - 11:22pm

This past Friday, I had my gall bladder removed. The surgery itself wasn't too bad. I came back pretty quickly from the anesthesia, too

But now, everything I eat really bothers me. It stings as I'm eating and later on, my lower GI starts hurting. I'm being checked for colon disease as soon as I'm recovered from the laproscopy

Should I just try a liquid diet for the next ten days, until I see the surgeon for follow up care? I have no idea of what to eat and I feel a lot better when I don't have anything. But then the hunger catches up with me, lol

The pain I feel in the morning has been excruciating, even before the surgery. I'm really worried that something serious may be going on.

Almost everything I eat makes me incredibly bloated in the face. There's only two things that don't bother me and that's potatoes and turkey sandwiches with just the turkey

I can't help but feel super deprived right now. But this experience has shown me that I just can't handle rich, fatty foods anymore. I'm 44 years old

Since high school, I would go until dinner time without eating, so that I could eat what I liked at that time. Just to keep my weight down. It worked until I turned 30, lol

When I have gone on health kicks, and ate low fat foods, I never had a weight problem and I was never hungry. I didn't have to exercise so much and was very thin. I was in college, so I was super busy with my studies.

But now, even though I didn't eat a lot of foods like dairy and meat, I couldn't lose weight no matter what I did. I also have a slow thyroid, but never realized until now that dairy is a severe weakness for me

So I guess I know what path to take, to overcome all this. But I just don't feel very strong or willing right now. I guess I'm in the grieving process about it. I haven't been eating much of anything lately, because everything that sounds good, I can't have anymore. I'm definitely going to miss my pizza and wings, lol

I've always been athletic, but I've been too ill to work out yet. So I guess for now, I have to bide my time and see what the doctor says in ten days, when he takes the stitches out.

This is just hard. And I can't help but worry that I may have colon cancer. I've read material on it and I have all the symptoms, but there's no blood

I hope it's just a big wakeup call to change my bad eating habits. I hope it's just colitis or something that will heal over time

I was under a tremendous amount of stress when all of this was brought on. I've eliminated most of the stress and now all I have to worry about is getting well and being a good mom to my son, who will be 6 in a few days

I don't know where I'm going with this, so I guess I just needed to vent and find some moral support. I can pretty much see the hard lessons in all of this, and I'm gearing up to take responsibility for my health. Because I really want to be there for my son. I know I need to make all the necessary changes for myself, however.

Do you have any information on colon disease? And for an idea of what I can eat?

Thanks for listening :)

SK

 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Tue, 12-14-2010 - 10:59am

Hi there and welcome. I hope you are feeling a bit better by now. If you are still feeling so bad and everything you eat hurts then I think it would be wise to call your doctor rather than waiting 10 days to see him. I assume that these symptoms are different than those you had before surgery.

Bad eating habits are so easy to get into and it is much harder to establish good ones. But it really is essential for good health. Good luck to you as you work toward that goal.

Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing.

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Registered: 04-23-2004
Fri, 12-17-2010 - 6:57pm

Thanks so much :),

I can eat now, as long as it's not too much dairy :)

But I've been so busy this week that the wounds aren't healing. I called the doctor and he said to just keep taking the meds and hang in there until Monday

The wounds really hurt from moving around so much, but I had stuff to do, because my little boy just turned 6 on Wednesday. And then I had to take him to the dentist and doctor for checkups and help out with the Christmas party today

The nurse said that it's not good that I didn't get enough bed rest. But I was so bored last Sunday, I wanted to go home, lol

At least the colon stuff is a lot better, from eating things that are less than 30 percent fat. But I was having really sharp pains last night, so we just called it a night and went to bed early

The good thing is that I'm getting a lot of bed rest at night and just staying in bed until my son wakes up. So that's like 10 hours of bed rest

I tried to eat ham and bean soup and had sharp pains after the first bite, so I stopped. But as of today it's more the wounds than anything else, because I've been pulling at tugging at them so much from moving around that they're red around the edges. I just hope they don't get infected, so I keep putting peroxide on them. I took the bandages off, to give them some air, but this weekend, I'm going to get as much rest as I can :)

My neighbor just had her gall bladder removed in October. And she said that food still bothers her, but her doctor said she can eat whatever she wants. She does and ends up being on the bathroom a lot, lol. I do, too, anytime I eat dairy, so I just stopped it completely

Meat doesn't bother me that much, it's just cheese and butter that bother me the most. But even olive oil bothers me, too

My stepdad said to just be smart and lay low, but my mom is kind of a workaholic, so she has me running around a lot, lol

Next week is going to be busy, because I have a lot of appointments. So I really need to just take good care this weekend

I'll keep you posted on this, because I hope it'll help someone else be able to not feel alone with this :)

Thanks again :)

 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Mon, 12-20-2010 - 6:00pm

It sounds like it may be fatty foods that are bothering you and that is not uncommon after gall-bladder surgery. Some people seem to be more able to handle fats than others. The gall-bladder stores bile until it is needed to digest fatty foods. Without a gallbladder the bile just goes directly into your intestine as it is produced. There may not be enough of it there at one time to handle higher fat foods.

You really need to be kind to

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-23-2004
Fri, 01-14-2011 - 7:31pm

Thank you :),

I feel a lot better now :). It's been a month since the surgery and the wounds left some bad scars, because I was moving around so much with the staples in, lol

But now, everything I eat goes right through me. I was told that it's common with that, after gall bladder surgery, but I'm having other symptoms that the surgeon is concerned about

So this Tuesday, I'm having a colonoscopy. I had one ten years ago and found out that I have IBS. I hope that it's just a flareup that will heal itself with proper diet, rest and weight loss

I've lost 12 lbs since this whole ordeal and I keep losing, without even trying. That's another thing the doctor is concerned about

The thing that scares me is that I'm experiencing physical stuff that I've never had before. I just hope I don't have colon cancer. I've had poor eating habits since high school, but was always very athletic

I haven't worked out in about three months now. I need to ask the doctor if it's okay to go back to my weight training/aerobic program

At least the pain is gone now. I'm just snacking on a few bites here and a few bites there, of healthy low fat food. Hummus has replaced guacamole as my favorite snack, lol

The gyn said that my right ovary is enlarged, but there's no cancer or tumors there. That runs in my family. My grandmother and my aunt had to have hysterectomies because of tumors and fibroids

As long as I don't over do it, or stress myself out, I feel pretty okay. The skinny stools scare me though

Maybe this was all just brought on my the tremendous stress I've been under. I had a really bad year last year

But thanks for your support :). It just feels good to be writing about how I feel and not just bottling it all up inside

I rested a lot for about two weeks. My son was off from school, so all I had to do was take care off him. It gets easier without help, but my mom will be more available next year, when she retires

Okay, I'm going to rest for a bit, but I'll be sure to keep everybody posted about the test results :)

 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-25-2000
Tue, 01-18-2011 - 8:26pm

Hope the colonoscopy went well. I will be anxious to hear the results and how you are getting along.

Hopefully all your worries are for nothing and it is just a flare of your IBS. Stress could do that.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-07-2007
Wed, 01-19-2011 - 2:46pm
I'm so glad you're feeling better & that the pain is gone. I too will be anxious to hear the results of your colonoscopy and I hope you'll keep us updated.

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Registered: 01-30-2006
Sat, 04-16-2011 - 9:07pm
How are things now?