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I am looking for advice and other's experiences following bowel surgery.
My biggest problem is coping with excessive wind and being able to control it in public situations !! 7 weeks ago I had an anterior ressection to remove a 5cm tumour from my rectum. I recovered well at home for 6 weeks and obviously because of the surgery my bowel habbits have changed and I find I pass more wind and pass stool in small amounts but frequently throughout the day - and night !
I have just gone back to work, but now realise that I was obviously quite "free and easy" with my wind at home, but now I am in the work environment, I am very conscious that I am having to "try" to keep the wind controlled and in and find myself rushing from my desk to the toilet which is down a flight of stairs! Its only week 2 back at work and so far I have got away with it, but I am very very anxious that one day I am going to "let rip" !!
I've read that Charcoal tablets might help. Has anyone had experience of these?
I had the same operation 3 months ago. I had a lot of wind initially too (especially before my first poo a week later), not sure if my wife really noticed the difference!
That doesn't seem quite so bad now. I am still going to the loo a lot, probably 8 times a day and also at night. One problem I find is that it is hard to tell if I need a fart or a poo so I have to go the loo just incase (especially at night)
I am hoping this is a short term problem but it has been 3 months now.
I haven't let rip at work (in the office anyway) yet but who cares, its only a fart.! but then I am a boy.
Better a fart from a living person than silence from a dead one.
Sounds like you are doing really well so keep positive about your recovery.
Yes is different for boys !!! You are right though and I shouldn't worry so much about it. I think integrating back into the normal workplace has made me feel that actually I am not normal, I have (or had) cancer - its early days ...
I too had the same problem as you after surgery, but it seems to have died down a bit now. I astounded myself, having not really had too much of a problem before, but trust me...I could have put most men to shame!
I found that Wind Eze capsules did the trick for me. Before I discovered them though, I was the same as you - trying to hold it in, and ending up with the most awful wind pains!
I haven't had any experience with charcoal tablets, so I can't help you with that, sorry
I have tried some charcoal tablets and despite the fact they turn your mouth black, they have eased the situation. I had some pinnapple the other night and could feel things gurgling so took some of the tablets and things settled down very quickly - most impressed !!
I have also decided to take my own packed lunch to work with stuff I know doesnt set things off and go for a walk outside when I need to - just like smokers take a "fag break " I will be taking a "wind break " !!!!
Thanks for your reply.
If its any consolation it took me just over a year to settle down,I also spent a lot of time on the loo in the night.Now its generally 1 to 3 times a day and a lot less windy ,also I now eat just whatever I like.
Go easy on yourselves and take time to recover.
Best wishes ,
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