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I had a total colectomy with rectal anastomosis at the end of October. For the first few weeks I went to the bathroom constantly, whether I ate or not. I went back to work a month later and I have been having troubles. I do not eat during the day because I am a traveling Health professional and drive up to 100 miles per day. I typically eat at night and still after all of this time can only get in small amounts of food. I am not running to the bathroom within 30 mins after I had been but instead have only a small bowel movement the next day if even then. I am not sure what is going on. My surgeon told me that if things stopped I would have to go back to the hospital immediately. I am having to take laxatives again and do not want to start that again. My colon was dead and I was told that removing it would make all of the difference in the world. Before my surgery I went about 3 - 5 weeks without a bm and taking every bowel prescription known to man as well as over the counter laxatives. I am very worried. Not sure what is going on. I read an article yesterday that spoke of a study done on having the procedure with the lasting benefits being unsuccessful. I also read on this site somewhere of others facing the same issues. Any advice or encouragement? Thanks.
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