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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!
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?
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.
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!