Oh wow, sorry to hear this, this must be extremely frustrating for you. SO GLAD you are seeing a specialist tomorrow, please post how it came along, what helped, if you have gained any relief.
I was going to suggest walking, walking, walking, as our colons only go as fast as our feet do....but, i see, you state you ARE 'excercising'....hope it is walking.
GOOD LUCK, hang in there, and please keep us informed about your recovery, what the problem WAS, etc,
I have the same problem and I wear a bag. we need to exchange numbers. my story as well as yours is very long. too long to type. I, as well, walk and go to the gym and eat healthy. It has affected my life tremendously. I can very much relate. 3 blockages and lots of issues to this date. and Supposedly in the best hospitals around.
Probiotics, you can get these over the counter, can help as well as an anti-acid with the bloating. I tried all types of prescription antacids and the OTC type that I chew up works the best for me. Fluid intake as well as fiber is important to prevent constipation. Often glycerin suppositoies help if your physician says it is ok.
Post op, slow motility is seen a lot but you are 7 months post op? Anestesia and pain medications are often the culprit. If you are on any pain medications, cutting down or getting off of them can help as constipation is a number one complaint with narcotic pain relievers.
It does sound like u may have a stricture when u say ribbon like stools. Have they done a colonoscopy to check and be sure all is open and not narrowed at some point in your intestine?
I believe exercise helps recovery after a certain amount of time and when your physician says ok. It helps prevent constipation and keep things moving plus it helps anxiety and depression.
yey..update us and let us know how the visit with the specialist goes. I see patients post op as I am an ET nurse and perhaps the information you obtain, can help someone else (:
I am going through the same thing bloating and costipation had surgery on the 27th of Feb 2012
As worried878 said, it does sound like a stricture.