• Passing gas after colectomy for colon cancer?

    Asked by Pangea422 on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

    Passing gas after colectomy for colon cancer?

    I figured since we're all family here, no topic is off-limits. My mom had a resection of her ascending (right side) colon back in June for colon cancer. She's now going into her second cycle of chemo (oxaliplatin, avastin, xeloda), but she still has a LOT of gas. Like a lot all the time. She's not really uncomfortable, she says, but when she goes to the bathroom, most of it is just gas. I wanted her to take Beano or something, but not sure if this would even help. And she doesn't take in dairy, so this isn't a lactose intolerance thing. Does anyone else have this problem and is this normal??

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    • lovekitties' Avatar
      lovekitties

      Hi Pangea, I had a colostomy not a resection but I have noticed that I have more gas than I used to. Guess it is not unusual since the digestive system has undergone major changes in both cases. I have tried Beano and it does help. I only use it when I know I am going to eat gas producing foods like brocolli or beans. It may be that using probiotics may also help. Pose the question to her doctors and see what their suggestions are.

      over 5 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      My husband remarked on my excessive gas post-colectomy. It took a while, but now I fall more within the "norm".

      An Integrative Medicine MD recommended that I take GI Revive for 30 days, to help the mucosal lining of my gut re-form properly; this along with daily pro-biotics. It helped me tremedously (and I didn't do this until over a year post-colectomy.)

      GI Revive is a powder - sprinkle 1 tsp/day on applesauce, or something else. It also comes in capsules, if you can't stand the taste (I couldn't) - take 7 capsules once daily (= 1 tsp.) It is sold in 30 day units. Others have tried this on my recommendation, and remarked that it helps. It's over-the-counter, supplement, with things like cat's claw and mallow in it. You'll probably need to find it online.

      Good luck, and tell your mom that it does get better. Her body is still adjusting to being "short-ciruited".

      over 5 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      PS - I should add that I was resected in 3 places: rt. hemicolectomy, sigmoid colon, and ileum, and have regained full normal function.

      over 5 years ago
    • Pangea422's Avatar
      Pangea422

      hi abrub, what kind of pro-biotics did you take? and do you know if it's okay to take the GI Revive and probiotics while on chemo? thanks!

      over 5 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar
      abrub

      I would ask my oncologist about taking them during chemo. Many cancer centers now have Integrative Medicine specialists affiliated, so it would be worth asking if you could consult with one to find out if this is okay during chemo.

      For the pro-biotics, I was advised to take 40 billion units daily, and told that it should contain both Bifidis and Lactobacillus (like MegaFlora, but I used a variety of brands.)

      GI Revive powder contains: L-Glutamine 1500 mg: N-Acetyl Glucosamine 1000 mg: Citrus Pectin 1000 mg: Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL)(Glycyrrhiza glabra) 400 mg: Aloe Vera (Leaf Extract 200:1) 300 mg: Slippery Elm (bark)(Ulmus pulmila) 200 mg: Mucin 200 mg: Marshmallow (root)(Althea officinalis) 100 mg: Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) 100 mg: Okra (pod)(Hibiscus esculentus) 100 mg: Cat's Claw (TOA free)(bark)(Uncaria tomentosa) 100 mg: Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) 100 mg: Quercetin 100 mg: Prunus (Concentrate) 100 mg: PepZin GI (Zinc-Carnosine) 75 mg

      Other Ingredients: Peach powder, natural flavors, decafe black tea, soy lecithin, stevia and talin.

      over 5 years ago
    • Pangea422's Avatar
      Pangea422

      @abrub, thanks much for the detailed information! we have an appointment with our onco, so i'll ask tomorrow.

      over 5 years ago
    • Jean's Avatar
      Jean

      I had a resection done back in June you will have gas for awhile its your system getting itself back to some what normal. gas is better then a belly ach it all natural every1 has it. my surgery has been 5 months now and i don't have gas nearly as much as in the begining. Stay strong do your best and good luck

      over 5 years ago
    • hometown's Avatar
      hometown

      I have a colostomy and yes I suffer with gas a lot. Things do get better, but like everything else we have to give it time. Joyce

      about 5 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar
      Peroll

      Gas is typical. I have alot of gas too Part of the design of chemo for colon cancer is to irritate the colon whichis where the gas and diaherra comes from. After chemo has been over for a while things will get better, but there may always be some sensitivity. Some over the counter meds can be used to lessen the effects. Ask your oncologist for recomendations and dosages then try various products to see what worksin your case.

      over 4 years ago
    • TinaCaviezel's Avatar
      TinaCaviezel

      I had the same thing happened to me!! I was embarrassed, but then I realized my Colon had to reset it self & then as
      time passed by, it got better on it's own!

      over 4 years ago
    • Ann's Avatar
      Ann

      I have found the medics unhelpful - they think it's a MINOR problem (compared with death!!).
      I write so you know you're not alone - and I have it too, and think it's really a big nuisance!
      Ann

      about 4 years ago

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