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5-weeks post lower anterior resection/j-pouch/ loop ileostomy

Posted by Maelleous, on Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:22 am

Hello all, first time posting here. I have asked this on other forums but not finding many who seem to have the same issue. On 10/25 I had most of my rectum removed and a j-pouch created to for rectal cancer. I am 35/m and just started FOLFOX chemo (just completed my first round, it was hell.) 

Since the surgery I have had almost no issues except I CONSTANTLY feel like I need to take a traditional bowel movement. I can occassionally pass a tiny bit of mucus or a micro-stool but most of the time nothing comes out, but the sensation never goes away. Oxycodone left over from the surgery mixed with immodium is the only thing that seems to really help. I have tried warm epsom salt baths, works great while I am in the bath, but 30 mins later it seems to come right back. 

I also have difficulty fully emptying my bladder when urinating and feeling like something I am having a traditional bowel movement at the same time. It helps if I sit, then stand back up. The surgeon ordered a lower abdoman CAT scan which I am having done soon but this issue keeps dragging on. Their first exam they couldn't find anything wrong.

This is driving me nuts, I can not think about anything else while having this nagging sensation that something is stuck in there and won't come out! Anyone have this issue or any any ideas on what might help? I have seen a lot of posts about irrigation of the rectum, how exactly does that work? Is that safe with a j-pouch? 

Thank you in advance for the advice.

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