I had open colon resection about 3 weeks ago. I am currently suffering with re-occurent fatigue during the day, tacichardia, constant nausea (wetness in the mouth), a feeling I have something stuck in my throat. Constant Acid Reflux. When I eat I get bloated in my stomach, and then I go to the toilet, where I only manage to get rid of a small amount of stool. I also feel like my rectal muscles aren't working properly yet. I feel like I have little strength and am worried.
How long does it take to get back to normal, to have a normal appetitie, strength, life etc? I still have drainage from my surgical site also. Please help me, I feel like I am not going to get better. Thank you.
Your surgeon has a duty to "get you well again" and I feel that this has not yet been accomplished and you should return to him/her for further help.
Yous symptoms certainly seem to be more lingering than I can remember in my own case. Regarding the nausea, I suggest that you ask your surgeon whether you might have a residual ileus or other constraint of the remaining intestines. Also I suggest that you ask whether there could be a residual/newly formed obstruction in the remaining intestines or at the point of the anastomosis (= the sutured join of the "tubes").
OK - it is only three weeks after the operation and you are bound still to feel a bit sore and certainly easily fatigued - but, in my opinion, your digestive system should be working better such that you can eat modestly (without nausea etc) and pass motions normally as well. As I mentioned in my posting, I would have expected your motions to be quite liquid and frequest by now.
By the way, how old are you? I was 58 at the time of my operation so if you are well into your 60's/70's then maybe the recovery time will be lengthened.
However, if definitely feel that you should request another meeting with your surgeon and take a list of all the questions that have entered your mind since the surgery. Don't leave the consultation with the feeling that you have learned nothing new.
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