• I have been diagnosed with colon cancer and had 9 inches of my colon removed. Its been about two months since my surgery and i think i have

    Asked by Living4-2day on Monday, June 11, 2012

    I have been diagnosed with colon cancer and had 9 inches of my colon removed. Its been about two months since my surgery and i think i have

    Become addicted to laxatives. I guess i am worried about things not working right after the surgery. Not sure what i should do. I am super stressed waiting for results and going in to have my gallbladder removed this friday. Cant seem to get my body to catch up and i haven't even started chemotherapy yet. Had to change oncologists cause mine just wouldn't listen to my needs. Just completely exhausted. :(

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • Bellamore's Avatar

      Give jucing a try. It keeps me regular. Goggle juicing and you'll find out all the benefits. Good luck.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Living4-2day's Avatar

      Thank you i will look that up Bellamore! :)

      almost 9 years ago
    • PhillieG's Avatar

      How/why do you think you became addicted to laxatives? Did you have trouble "going" after your surgery?
      Certainly juicing and/or even eating a more balanced diet could help keep you regular. Very often when a person's on chemo the last thing they need are laxatives. You are likely running a high risk of dehydration, that would explain your being exhausted (or maybe "pooped" is a better word). Also, Is your new oncologist aware of your laxative addiction?

      Sorry to hit you with so many questions, your post caught my eye. Many people try to NOT go so much.

      almost 9 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      Speak to your dr about your laxative usage. I was on Senna plus colace for quite some time post-op, but I also had to start on a low fiber, low residue diet, so I needed the help. If you are eating normally now, try to ease back on the laxative usage, or switch to something non-habit forming (like Miralax). Colace can also be used long-term, if you feel better about that. The concern is dependence on stimulant laxatives.

      Please note, I'm not a doctor; I am just giving you information as I understand it. Your best bet is to speak with a dr, and find out the best way to handle this. On a side note, I've been resected in 3 places, and my gut works perfectly now. Some pretty fine stitchery to put all those pieces back together!

      almost 9 years ago
    • Living4-2day's Avatar

      PhillieG i take 10 laxatives a day. I dont think i have a problem all the timejuat sometimes since surgery. I suppose i am just a little scared things are not going to work right. I am changing Oncologist because mine now is more involoved in the research side of colon cancer and to me not involved enough with his patients and their concerns. Thank you gor the info on what to take and i will talk to my Oncologist .

      almost 9 years ago
    • Living4-2day's Avatar

      Thank you for the advice abrub i will look into things and also maintain a better diet. I guess i have odd eating habits as most days i eat one meal and i really dont drink enough. Everything is so new to me just two months into recovery and a year of diagnosis. Its been pretty rough i am only 38. Its just a lot to take in and i am learning. :) Thank you for the

      almost 9 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Hi there, remember that going through surgery will definitely do things to your body including making your digestive system irregular. It will take some time for your body to be back to a normal if you could call it. Definitely consult with your oncologist before trying anything new. I personally have had my fair share of issues with my digestive system...from being extremely constipated to diarrhea. When it comes to constipation try eating food high in fiber. I've also included Metamucil. I sometimes tend to take the more natural way than take pills. With every pill comes a side effect and I think by taking so many laxatives per day you might not be letting your body regulate itself on its own.

      almost 9 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      After my surgery, my gastroenterologist had me experiment with Metamucil (generic is fine). It took a while to get the dose right, but I take it morning & night. It is not addicting & is all natural. It is 3 years later & it sure helps, though I am still unpredictable & go often, so I had to get on Dissability. Sometimes I seem to live in the potty, but that beats constipation I think! Give it a try & see a goo gastro doc. Good luck, it is a difficult surgery to recover from.

      almost 9 years ago

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