• how long will the pain after surgery last after colorectal cancer tumor removed, and incision got infected Coughing is Very painful.

    Asked by mimom1 on Monday, July 30, 2012

    how long will the pain after surgery last after colorectal cancer tumor removed, and incision got infected Coughing is Very painful.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      Hang there. Each day it will get better. Did you have a bowel resection? I had my tumor removed transanally but then had an ileostomy and the reversal.

      Be sure to be up walking around, and not just for a few minutes but at least 15 minutes at a time. When you cough, hold a pillow to your abdomen to give it support. Walking holding the pillow may help as well. If you don't have one, get an incentive spirometer. It helps you take deep breaths that will also help reduce the coughing.

      Everyone takes different times to heal. As far as the pain, once cleared by your doctor, NSAIDs (Motrin) type medications are better than Tylenol products because the help decrease inflammation as well. NSAIDs can thin your blood so they are not recommended right after surgery. Take your pain medication around the clock instead of waiting for the pain to get bad until your pain is better under control. If you are still uncomfortable, speak with your doctor about changing your pain medications.

      I had my ileostomy reversed about 6 weeks ago and my incision is still healing. It gets better and better every day but it does take some time. Hang in there and don't be afraid to call your surgeon.

      about 8 years ago
    • Jayne's Avatar

      I agree with Carol. It's very individual, age, overall health, etc play into it as well. My incision was pretty large so it took a few months to start really feeling like myself again. I tried to be "normal" and do things on the days I was feeling ok (against my doc's orders) and ended up opening the incision (what a mess!) so just rest and take it slow. Think of all that your body is doing inside to repair itself! I found sleep to be a wonderful distraction. Take your pain meds, sleep and let your body heal. . Think of this as your once in a lifetime (hopefully) ticket to just do nothing but rest and sleep! Books, movies, etc can also be welcome distractions. Don't ever be afraid to tell the docs your pain meds aren't strong enough or aren't working. It WILL get better! Just takes some time and some days are certainly worse than others.

      about 8 years ago
    • kalen's Avatar

      My little sister was off prescription meds at 2.5 weeks, but still in a lot of pain. She was taking Tylenol at recommended intervals up to about 3.5 weeks, but towards the end, most of that was more for prevention I think. She still has some pain shuffling around to the bathrooms, getting in and out of the car, etc, but she is down to taking Ibuprofen as needed at 4 weeks post op.

      I will add, the doctor said it would be 2 days of excruciating pain then she would be bored. She now says it was more like 2 weeks and she is yet to be bored (i.e. no pain). I should mention that she is 26, so her recovery was expected to be mild, and could be considered that based on some of the other stories I have read. At this point, it is amazing how much better she gets each day. Up to 3 weeks, it seemed like she was going backwards every day.

      I agree with CarolLHRN as well regarding calling your surgeon. Every visit I have sat in with my sister, the doctors and surgeons told her to call with any questions, but my sister and mother feel like they are being pests. I feel the surgeon wants to know what is going on though, so little problems don't become big problems.

      about 8 years ago

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