I am just 7 mo post op now and perfectly fine -- I wear a brace if I do wood or whatever (I live on a farm), but please do be extremely careful until it all heals inside. I had some pain patches for a few weeks that were amazing. I do so wish you the best. The unhitching of organs and rearrangement of connectors (FAP - some organs gone) apparantly caused mine even though I attributed it to the surgery (time/position/etc) --- Prayers for you!!
I had and still have a bad back since surgery. I replied to one of your previous questions and you know that I am a Surgical Care Practitioner in colorectal surgery.
Your bad back like mine, is possibly due to the position that you were put in on the operating table during your surgery.
As the surgeon needed access to the lower area of your body, either for his positioning or another reason, you legs are put up in a low lithotomy position and there is hardly any support in the lower back area. and the sacral area is taking the weight of your legs and the length of the operation probably did not help.
Hope this could possibly help with why you have back ache.
I have had my ileostomy since last May . My first one was in Jan last year but didn't work and had to have emergency surgery to fix and create second one.
I have to ask. With the nausea you have, are you having decent output in your bag? My doc , after the first surgery told me that if I got nausea to call him. I did and he said if it continued to go to the E.R. I did and ended up with second surgery. Don't want to scare you, but nausea doesn't sound right.
I too went through the scare about the food, but little by little began to eat and experiment. I have always believed in healthy eating and couldn't stand the idea of eating crap. So I have come to believe that the bottom line is chew, chew, chew it up so it isn't a problem. I don't eat stringy things, but I adapt by pulling out the strings in celery for example, then chop it up. I do fruit smoothies. I EAT NUTS!! I have even lately dared to eat popcorn!!! Wild living!!
Common sense tells me that if I can chew it up well enough , it will be ok. And trust me...I was one VERY sick lady. I left the hospital almost 40 lbs lighter. I went from 156lbs to 117.
I now eat EVERYTHING healthy with common sense. And I drink champagne!! ...because I still can! And I never have nausea now!!
As for leaks, I recommend experimenting with different bags that you can get as samples from the different companies for free. The bag I was sent home with was not the best for me and that did take some effort to resolve. You will need to take your power back and become the expert on your own needs. You have raised 7 children.....you can do this!!!! It seems hard now, but you are in the learning curve. Please be patient with yourself...and kind. Soon you will deal with this in a less overwhelming way. I opted to let all my friends and neighbors know what happened to me...that way I can be open and not feel like an outcast. A sense of humor is essential.
I now have a new boyfriend. He takes it all in stride. Saw his wife of 35 years die of stage 4 breast cancer. My ileostomy is no big deal to him. It's all in the attitude.
I had ostomy reversal surgery last week. I am home and surprised that I have severe back pain. I cannot find a comfortable position and I am having trouble even breathing. Let me know if anybody else has this problem and if there's anything to do for it? Should I go back to the doctor?
I had stage 1 of 2 stage surgery done 6 weeks ago. I had such a bad back for 4 weeks i couldn't sleep or walk without getting out of breath. I made sure I had regular paracetamol and ibuprofen and went to sleep on the sofa with a pillow under my knees and a hot water bottle on my back. I then slept on the sofa for about 5 days and had the best sleep ever. I'm back in bed now to sleep, again with a pillow under my knees, i try to sleep on my side for a while too which is nice as it relieves the pressure from my back. I just need to put a pillow between my knees!
The back pain is pretty much gone now but I can't walk with good posture for much longer than 5 mins. I also get a heavy feeling in my chest and get out of breath!
Gove it time and you will get there.
If anyone has any comments about the shortness of breath/chest pain I would appreciate it!
Thank you xx
I'm glad I saw this. I had a spinal fusion in 2013 and it went well. I was worried maybe I was having an issue because I've had little pain for 3 years and now it hurts all the time.
Sorry to read so many have had back pain following their ostomy surgery, seems kind of unfair, we've all been through enough as it is.
Hello tudibird! I can feel your pain. Back pain is very common after surgery. Its better to consult surgeon and take advice. One of my friends who is wheelchair aided after surgery also have serve back pain. She is using Cusion for comfortable sitting purchased from SpinLife. You can also check similar products that can help in reducing pain due to sitting.
Hope this could help you!