• Anybody recovering from colon/rectal surgery, still having bathroom issues...has your doctor said anything about taking probiotics/enzymes?

    Asked by LauraJo on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    Anybody recovering from colon/rectal surgery, still having bathroom issues...has your doctor said anything about taking probiotics/enzymes?

    My yoga teacher, who is also a nutrionist, has recommended them, not only for general better health, but potentially to avoid recurrence. Any thoughts?

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    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt

      No one suggested those to me, but yes, I had bathroom issues for a long time after my surgery. Also, had it before, during and after chemo. When you gotta go, you gotta go! Embarrassing at times...always carried wipes and extra pants and underwear with me.

      It also depends on what part of your colon was removed. If it was in the sigmoid colon area or lower, that is where the stool is formed. As my doctor explained it, I'll probably never be constipated again, and yes, he's been right.

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      Hello. I have no experience with colorectal cancer. However, I do have experience with probiotics from recurrent intestinal problems in the family. The brand PB-8 by Nutrition Now has worked well for our family. http://www.drugstore.com/nutrition-now-pb-8-probiotic-acidophilus-vegetarian/qxp28219?catid=180678 If you don't use that brand, I would make sure to get a probiotic blend, with various bacteria in it, as we have had far better results with those. I really wouldn't worry about enzymes unless they are ordered by your doctor for problems with your pancreas or something. Ask your doctor to make sure it's okay for you.

      Your bathroom issues may have nothing to do with intestinal bacteria. But if you've been on a lot of antibiotics, and are battling diarrhea while using antibiotics, a probiotic blend might be worth a try with your doctor's approval.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      Yes I have had the experince with diarrhea. For me it gets better when Iam off chemo. You should remember that chemo for colon cancer, by design irritates the heck out your colon and will cause diarrhea. I was not recommended probiodics or enzymes. Before you take anything you should always check with your Drs as some things can affect other treatments. Good luck!!!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar
      FreeBird

      If you have had part of your colon out, that could account for changes in your stools. How extensive was your surgery?

      almost 5 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      My colon was resected in 3 places and I take probiotics, tho I've had different drs advise for and against. I find I do better with them. I was told to be sure to get at least 2 strains of pro-biotic.

      One thing recommended to me by an Integrative Med specialist when I was still having gut problems a year post-op was to take GI Revive for a month - either the powder (1 tsp once a day on food - applesauce or yoghurt or something) or the capsules (7 capsules once a day.) I did this for 30 days; it supposedly helps restore the mucosal lining of the intestines. Since then, my gut has been functioning better than before my cancer dx.

      almost 5 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar
      LauraJo

      I have a j-pouch, due to rectal cancer, and have spent the last year since my takedown learning to work with it. So far, so good, I am pretty much in control, and back to a reasonably normal schedule, but occasionally there are days...and nights sometimes...Not complaining, but if there is something I can do to improve the situation, I am certainly willing to look into it. When I had my ileostomy & then my take-down, my surgeon had me on a probiotic for 30 days, just to help things get back to normal. My occasional issues seem to be mostly related to what I eat or drink...it seems that some things just irritate the colon & then we are off to the races...I don't know that a probiotic would help with that situation. I was just curious to see what the usage is out there.

      almost 5 years ago
    • cindywho's Avatar
      cindywho

      I had surgery due to rectal cancer. It has been 3 years and I am doing great. I myself is taking a probiotic just did it on my own. It helps me and I feel ok. I guess it is up to you if you want to try it. Good Luck!!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • cindywho's Avatar
      cindywho

      I had surgery due to rectal cancer. It has been 3 years and I am doing great. I myself is taking a probiotic just did it on my own. It helps me and I feel ok. I guess it is up to you if you want to try it. Good Luck!!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • cindywho's Avatar
      cindywho

      Hello I am 3 years cancer free after having rectal surgery yes I take probiotic did it without asking my doctor. I am fine no problems feel great. So really it is up to you if you just want to try it or ask your doctor. Good Luck!!!

      almost 5 years ago
    • Okiegrandma's Avatar
      Okiegrandma

      My doctor recommended them but I couldnt tell they helped

      almost 5 years ago
    • Okiegrandma's Avatar
      Okiegrandma

      My doctor recommended them but I couldn't tell they did any good. Good nutrition with proper fiber works best.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar
      Beaner54

      I had a hemi-colectomy in Sept.2012 and am dealing with bathroom issues; go more often,use lots of wipes
      and changes of underpants. Hate it. I still have abdominal distention some days too.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Beaner54's Avatar
      Beaner54

      I had a hemi-colectomy in Sept.2012 and am dealing with bathroom issues; go more often,use lots of wipes
      and changes of underpants. Hate it. I still have abdominal distention some days too.

      almost 5 years ago
    • dannerca's Avatar
      dannerca

      I put myself on the probiotics, they seem to help some, my issues have lessen some. Dont think anything will totally fix our problem, but keep on trying different things to see if theres a difference

      almost 5 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar
      LauraJo

      Thank you all for the thoughts. I am going to give the probiotics a try to see if they do any good, I think...I suppose it can't hurt. Anything to reduce that sensitivity to trigger foods! I would like to be able to take a drink or two occasionally without spending the evening in the bathroom....and to have some pizza :) Or maybe wine AND pizza! Something to look forward to!

      almost 5 years ago
    • u4cats' Avatar
      u4cats

      I was told that it would be a life long issue due to the part of the colon that was removed.

      almost 5 years ago
    • BeckyTice's Avatar
      BeckyTice

      At first I had a little diarrhea but now [after eating a little pork chop] Now nothing is moving again... nothing's working.... I have an appointment with doctors & oncologists over the next couple of days. I'm going out to get some prune juice today.

      over 4 years ago
    • alivenwell's Avatar
      alivenwell

      I regularly eat yogurt on a daily basis, especially Greek yogurt.

      about 4 years ago
    • Lamarcy21's Avatar
      Lamarcy21

      I eat whatever I want, but sometimes pay the price. Spicy foods, cabbage, broccoli, lots of things seem to cause little upsets, but nothing too bad. I am finding that vigorous exercise is causing me to have cramping and runs. Anyone have issues with that? I can swim with no problems, but running more that 3 miles or rigorous hiking really send me running to the toilet.

      over 3 years ago

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