• Self made hermit needs guidance

    Asked by Bestmomever on Monday, October 27, 2014

    Self made hermit needs guidance

    I am rectal cancer free 2 years since my surgery!! Woo-hoo! The surgery/radiation has left me with fecal incontinence and a colon that spasms : ( While my BM frequency is coming down from my 20+ per day, it isn't unusual to have 8+ visits to bathroom per day. My doctors give me the impression this is unusual as only 1 person in the study beside me is having this reaction. Type of food doesn't seem to matter. Don't seem to be able to take psyllium as it makes it tremendously worse. Anyone out there have any similar issues? How did you modify your diet? I'm becoming a hermit who carries a huge purse (with multiple changes of clothes) - even family makes fun of my purse size. I'm actually gaining weight from not eating until night, so I can work. I'm also drinking drinks with sugar as they told me not to use artificial sweeteners - could use some ideas here too. Thanks for any ideas! God Bless!

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    • barryboomer's Avatar

      Use Stevia as much as you like and BTW they are finding out that Sugar itself is better than most of the artificial sugars....ugh They just found out that Stevia is good for High BP...Check it out.

      I have NO IDEA if This would help but I'd go on a Carrot Juice or even Water FAST for a few weeks to calm everything down. Our Digestive and Eliminative Systems never get a rest and MAYBE yours need a vacation. Probably do nothing in the short haul BUT it Might help.

      Another idea is to Just get a Colostomy Bag. It is lousy but at least you'd be OUT Of the Bathroom.

      BUT FASTING has LOT'S OF amazing things it can do.....DO SOME Research on fasting and health and stevia.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Hoping4ever's Avatar

      I am also a colorectal cancer patient and i have faced the same problem , but not continuously or severely as you have described . I've changed my diet frequently and it helped a lot. Sugar and sweets will only increase your bathroom visits, so please keep away from these deadly components. Starchy food are excellent . Try plain yogurt with either boiled potato or white rice , and give your body some time to respond to this diet. Boiled egg daily will insure a source of protein and banana fruit is also very important . Try to eat every 2 hours in small quantity until 6 in the after noon . At least this is what i have tried for a long time to control both the pain and frequency of BW movement. Do not despair, keep pushing until you find the reason for your problem and reach a solution . Good luck.

      almost 5 years ago
    • NewBeginnng40's Avatar

      I'm a rectal cancer survivor as well. My BMs go from constipation some weeks and other weeks where I go several times a day. I eat smaller, frequent meals and take psyllium husk and a probiotic.. Starchy foods are better for me as well but my diet has pretty much gone back to normal. When I eat a lot of meats I do get stomach cramps so I stick to chicken and fish and veggies and fruits. . Still eat fried foods with no problems. Congratulations on being cancer free for two years that's a great milestone. Wishing you all clear CT scans and colonoscopy in the future : )

      almost 5 years ago

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