• It is hard to return to a good quality of life after a resection. Is it normal to experience what feels like bottom spasms?

    Asked by StegalMan on Thursday, May 9, 2013

    It is hard to return to a good quality of life after a resection. Is it normal to experience what feels like bottom spasms?

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    • abrub's Avatar

      I don't know about "bottom spasms" but I can say that you can return to quality of life after resection. My colon and ileum were resected in 3 places, and I am functioning fully normally now.

      over 3 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      I'm getting those same spasms in my bottom. 2.5 weeks post surgery.

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      What you are experiencing may be abdominal cramping that comes with chemo and resection. It does tend to get better after chemo is over and you have had time to heal from surgery. I get the cramping often along with diahrrea and it can be annoying. As for the quality of life it does get better as the treatment ends andyou recover. Good Luck and let us know how we can help.

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      It takes time. I'd have bouts of diarrhea off and on for about a year after surgery/chemo. But I am now two years and everything is normal, in fact more regular and normal now than ever, I think.

      over 3 years ago
    • Oktober71's Avatar

      I was told I had Lower Anterior Resection Syndrome, which feels like almost muscle spasms in you butt at the exit, for lack of a better word. Can cause lots of pain. I went to a palliative care nurse through my oncologist and I got an as needed pain medicine for these times. It does get better, I am almost two years out from surgery and chemo and radiation. I never thought it would get better but it does. Not going to lie, I still get pain but the meds help and my coping skills are better through therapy.

      over 3 years ago
    • LauraJo's Avatar

      Oh boy, I remember those first few months after surgery,,,everything down there (back there) was in a constant stage of uproar over one thing or another. I think for me, part of the problem was that so much of my surgery was internal, and I had very few and very small exterior scars, so there is a tendency to think it is not MAJOR surgery....and then I saw the LAR surgery on youtube. Its major surgery....and I think it is rather miraculous that they are able to do this type of surgery, and that we CAN have a relatively NORMAL existence. Not too many years ago, a permanent colostomy would have been my only option, after having rectal cancer. So when I got discouraged in those first few months, I tried to remember the alternative. I can tell you....it WILL get better. It just takes time...and I know that is a frustrating answer when you have spent the evening running back & forth to the bathroom & your rear is raw from too much wiping, but it is true. And the improvement seems to come in periods, at least it did for me. I was pretty good at 6 weeks, but had problems with consistency & frequency, Several months down the road, suddenly things slowed down to two or three times a day, but still had issues with consistency. Again, after a few months, that settled down also, to the point that I was pretty normal and was able to stop taking fiber supplements, but would occasionally have a "clean out day",.I recently added a daily probiotic, and that has been a BIG help, to the point that I generally go twice a day, which was my "normal" pre-diagnosis, and rarely have loose stool, unless I have been overdoing the Fritos. I haven't had an accident in I don't know how long, and when I get that 'urge" I am able to hold it. Having said all that, I am 20 months out from my reconnection surgery, and am asking my colon to take the place of my rectum, a job for which nature did not intend it, so it isn't surprising that there is a training period involved. Sorry if this is too graphic, but it would have been helpful to me to know this stuff when I was going through what you are going through now. Hang it there...it WILL get better.

      over 3 years ago
    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      Breaking news from Harry's Butt

      Turns out that my bladder wasn't emptying. I suffered dearly as the foley was replaced. For now the spasms have ended. But oh the agony of the foley! If I make it through the weekend with our going nuts from the pain.

      I will be meeting with the urologist.

      Thanks all

      over 3 years ago
    • StegalMan's Avatar

      Thanks to all of you for the information. Been down for awhile but seem to be doing better. Still have issues though.

      over 3 years ago

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