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Has anyone had this done or know one who has?
Did life improve or were they worse off?
(I posted this in wellness center too)

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Hi, I have been looking for others who have had bowel resection. Mine was not by choice, but life or death! It's been three years, I had 1 foot of small bowel removed (it was dead and I was septic) had to go for a second sergury because they missed the fact that my sigmoid had also ruptured (long story) so they removed most of that along with a falopian tube due to the damage the rupture and being septic caused.

I struggle with my bowels constantly. I have not found a consistent life-style eating pattern that has helped. I just got out of the hospital for bowel blockage again (I have had this happen a few times since the surgery) and I found this website. What they (the doctors) tell me is that because of my surgeries (3 c-sections and now 2 bowel resections) I have lots of scar tissue which acts like spider's webbing and wraps around my instestines and causes blockage.

I would say by choice I would not elect to have surgery, although for me it saved my life... now it is what is causing me ongoing problems.  So I would say if they can't clear your bowel and it is dead, please have surgery as there is no bringing the dead to life.

I just did a salt water cleanse to try to clear my bowel.   Which is why I am still up at 2am! But Praise God... the bowel is now clear! Now I am looking for a healthy eating style to keep this up.... Open to suggestions!

Wow c4evernew! Im so so so sorry for all your mid section has gone thru!
one surgery was well more than I thought it would be.

Scar tissue sounds like its one thing you really can't control from your end?
My surgery should have been 3 hours but took her 6 hrs bc of getting thru all the scar tissue I had develop. I had no idea I had any!

How I personally work on diet for the bowel conditions is first to avoid what i know slows them (mine) down. Meats and ESP. Dairy ;-(
I love raw cheese but won't eat it bc I know it's glue in me. The reason I went raw was bc of bowel (constipation) issues. I noticed raw foods moved out nicer vs steamed veggies never really did.
Yet my husband is regular whether his food is steamed or raw. We're all different.
Nuts and seeds come with a warning to not eat a lot of (more than a couple hand fulls) bc they can be constipating.
Fruit alone in the morning can do wonders for some people.
Smoothies are nice or blended soups.
Eat really simple meals and that helps too.
Food combining is a must.

So far what has worked best or you?


I think what to look into is how to dissolve scar tissue. Is it even possible to do?

I have heard that massage helps. I think I am going to try that... the only problem is of course massages are costly and it always seems like such a luxury.

I am a vegetarian and have been for about 8 years or so, I find that I can't eat cheese either. I think my biggest downfall is my sweet tooth! White flour type treats are really bad.

I am going to try eating raw. I do find it hard to digest and have to eat smaller meals. 

My husband is the same way, he can eat whatever he wants and is able to eliminate 3 or 4 times a day. I am lucky and have to eat just right to be able to go even once!

A friend also told me to try pineapple in the morning and do the lemonaide diet for a while while my tummy rests. 

Going to try... so far I haven't found anything that works consistently. What about you?

I had found that coffee in the morning gave me that push to go as I don't have the sigmoid for the full thrust push that seems to help. But then coffee dehydrates and dehydration is also another issue. So I am torn as to whether or not to give that up.
 Pumpkin pie said:

Wow c4evernew! Im so so so sorry for all your mid section has gone thru!
one surgery was well more than I thought it would be.

Scar tissue sounds like its one thing you really can't control from your end?
My surgery should have been 3 hours but took her 6 hrs bc of getting thru all the scar tissue I had develop. I had no idea I had any!

How I personally work on diet for the bowel conditions is first to avoid what i know slows them (mine) down. Meats and ESP. Dairy ;-(
I love raw cheese but won't eat it bc I know it's glue in me. The reason I went raw was bc of bowel (constipation) issues. I noticed raw foods moved out nicer vs steamed veggies never really did.
Yet my husband is regular whether his food is steamed or raw. We're all different.
Nuts and seeds come with a warning to not eat a lot of (more than a couple hand fulls) bc they can be constipating.
Fruit alone in the morning can do wonders for some people.
Smoothies are nice or blended soups.
Eat really simple meals and that helps too.
Food combining is a must.

So far what has worked best or you?


I think what to look into is how to dissolve scar tissue. Is it even possible to do?
C4evernew- I thought of some things :-)

Do you know if you could get colonics? I was told after 6 months post-op I could get colonics again. They helped strengthen my bowels more than anything I could find. How long ago was your resection? Is your doctor knowledgable about colonics? I would run it by him and also find the best colonic therapist near you to work with since your circumstances are different.

What is a typical days diet like for you right now?
Not knowing that i would say - the more uncooked you can have of raw veggies and whole fruits the better.
I didn't believe it until it actually happened to me - you will start to like uncooked better.

Pick up some raw recipe books at the library or look at the zillion blogs online to replace your sweet tooth with raw desserts. They don't have flour and that will make a huge difference :-)

It still amazes me how the body will gravitate towards healing foods once you introduce them.

I'm still going to look into the scar tissue thing. I know someone I can call who may be able to offer suggestions. I'll let you know what I find out.

Awesome thank you! I have an appt this afternoon with my GI dr. so I will ask about colonics. 

As for the raw I will give it try. Right now I am doing soups because the raw just seemed so hard to digest. what types should I start with? I will check out some recipes.

 

I had surgery 4 years ago and have been hospitalized for obstructed bowel 4 times since then. Right now I am eating pineapple for breakfast along with a smoothie (from a healthstore friend of mine) which has Fucus, minerals, berries and some other healthy stuff that is supposed to help healing. Then some type of vegetable soup for lunch and dinner. I was also told to try sipping water through the day instead of gulping it down at once.

 

I also have chia seeds which I have not gotten the courage up to try :) but I heard that was supposed to help too.

 

What exactly is colinics? Are you having an easier time now? It sounds like you too have bowel trouble.

C4evernew- sorry I'm short on time but wanted to reply. you can also personal message me and we can chat over the phone too.

For the scar tissue - check out "systemic enzymes" dr. William Wong works a lot with those and taking care of scar tissue. Google his website and also interviews.

Colonics are also called colon irrigation. Google that too, I bet there's even talk of it on this forum?

Do you have a vitamix? Or strong blender or food processor?
Soups - Try mangos and grape tomatoes.
Or gazpacho.
Or Sweet bell pepper and carrots with some tahini or hemp seeds.
Sometimes I add in a little steamed veggies for fun to have s etching warm to chew up in the blended raw soup.
It's really what ever some of your favorite produce is that works well together you can make it a raw blended soup. So many YouTube videos of raw soup recipes :-)

Odds are the more uncooking you do and less processed foods you will se great improvement!
C4evernew- have things improved ?

Can you give me the protocol for the salt water cleanse you did?
Did it make you puffy (water retention) and for how long?
Do you base salt amount on weight, Or is it the same for everyone?

did you ever try miralax or higher doses of magnesium citrate?
I would imagine those doing the same thing?

Pumpkin pie-

The salt water worked faster than the miralax. It wasn't as painful as the magnesium. I just found a recipe online, like 1 T good salt not just table salt and like 16 oz of water and you have to do it in the morning.  It was the worst tasting thing I EVER HAD! Thought I was going to die. At least when you go to the beach and swallow salt water you at least have the fun of playing in the water... this, however....no fun at all!

 

As for improvement. Yes and no. Yes it cleared my bowel, no puffiness or any other adverse affects. Now I am taking mirlax daily (per dr.) to keep myeself regular. I also found 1 cup of coffee helps move things in the morning. I also make sure I intake a lot of water. I drink 12 oz when I first wake up, before any coffee, then small cup of coffee and presto relief! Then every couple of hours another 6-8 oz of water, (sometimes lemon water with agave or honey).

I also say no, because I am finding this is not my only issue. I was back in ER this past weekend with severe pain. Xray showed no blockage this time, so can't figure out what caused the exact pain from before that landed my in the hospital for a week if I wasn't backed up which is what they said was causing all the pain.

The ER dr. did mention to look into endometriosis; so I saw my gyno yesterday and now we are chasing that diagnosis to see if that is what is causing all my pain. Some dr's say it is just the scar tissue, I just can't fathom that this much pain, back, side and lower abdomen (like ovaries) could just be scar tissue. So as much as endo sounds horrible I feel like maybe this just maybe we might have an answer!

As for food for improvement... I am taking it easy. You may want to try instead of doing a food diary, try doing it backwards. Do liquids for a few days, then when you are clear and pain free try adding in one food item a day testing how you feel. That is where I am at right now. I have lost like 10 lbs (130 to start at 5'7, now 120), but at least my tummy isn't going crazy!

Dont' know if any of this info helps! I sure hope it does. I joined this forum to read about other people's struggles with this and found myself writing and sharing my own struggles! I know just reading about other people has made me feel less alone and given me hope! I hope and pray I pass on that hope to someone else!

Have a great day!

 

Wow- I'm so sad that you are going thru this :-(
Please look into dr. Wongs study on systemic enzymes. He used them on his wife and it worked.
What options are the doctors giving you to stop reoccurrence of bowel blockages?
Maybe you could do the salt water flush 1x a week?
I personally know living around the bowel problems is no life at all.
Raw foods use to help my bowels work better but now over a month after surgery my raw diet is not moving my bowels at all. I'm really really confused on what my system needs to work. But for your benefit I can assure you fake foods only real foods will help your body get to healing - cooked properly or uncooked.

Here is an excerpt from dr. Wongs write up on systemic enzymes, he includes endometriosis

Enzymes eat scar tissue and fibrosis. (7). Fibrosis is scar tissue and most doctors learn in anatomy that it is fibrosis that eventually kills us all. Let me explain. As we age, which starts at 27, we have a diminishing of the bodies’ output of enzymes. This is because we make a finite amount of enzymes in a lifetime and we use up a good deal of them by the time we are 27. At that point the body knows that if it keeps up that rate of consumption we’ll run out of enzymes and be dead by the time we reach our 40’s. (Cystic Fibrosis patients who have virtually no enzyme production to speak of, even as children usually don’t make it past their 20’s before they die of the restriction and shrinkage in the lungs from the formation of fibrosis or scar tissue).

So our body in it's wisdom begins to dole out our enzymes with an eyedropper instead of with a tablespoon; as a result the repair mechanism of the body goes out of balance and has nothing to reduce the over abundance of fibrin it deposits in nearly every thing from simple cuts, to the inside of our internal organs and blood vessels. This is when most women begin to develop things like fibrocystic breast disease, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and we all grow arterial sclerotic (meaning scar tissue) plaque, and have fibrin beginning to spider web its way inside of our internal organs reducing their size and function over time. This is why as we age our wounds heal with thicker, less pliable, weaker and very visible scars.

If we replace the lost enzymes we can control and reduce the amount of scar tissue and fibrosis our bodies have. As physicians in the US are now discovering, even old scar tissue can be “eaten away” from surgical wounds, pulmonary fibrosis, kidney fibrosis and even keloids years after their formation. Medical doctors in Europe and Asia have known this and have used orally administered enzymes for these situations for over 40 years!
C4evernew-
Guess what! I went ahead and searched for interviews & listened to a recent interview dr. Wong was on and 51 minutes into the interview (you can move the curser to that point if you want to get there faster, but the whole interview is good info) he addresses your issue (c sections- scar tissue- bowels stop working etc... and the solution he sees work!) yea!!!

Here is the link
http://www.extremehealthradio.com/ep-38-dr-william-wong-the-1-cause...

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