• Sore mouth after colectomy?

    Asked by kalen on Friday, July 13, 2012

    Sore mouth after colectomy?

    My sister had her colectomy two weeks ago. She has been drinking tons of fluids and getting IV treatment every other day or so. She recently has started complaining that her mouth is sore/raw and it hurts to eat or drink anything that is acidic (like Lemonade). She is still on pain killers (oxy), immodium, vitamins, and benefiber. Anyone else have a similar experience? Drug side effect? She called the doctor, they are going to call in a prescription in case it is "thrush".

    Along with the hot flashes from the pain meds, I am taking this is a good sign that her pain must be lessening, as these inconveniences are what she is complaining about most.

    I don't expect dehydration or dry mouth, based on the obscene amount of liquid she is downing, but I am sure it could be. Any similar experiences?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I still have some throat soreness/rawness from my surgery 3 months ago. They typically put a tube down your throat when you are under general anesthesia and some people have esophageal irritation from it.

      Seems odd to me that they would suspect a fungal infection, particularly without any examination or culture. Also seems odd to me that she is getting hot flashes from pain medication.

      over 4 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I have had a sore mouth since chemo the end of last year. The inside of my mouth feels "raw." Even ketchup tastes too spicy for me! One thing recommended to me was to rinse a few times a day with either 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and/or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of salt mixed with 8 ounces of water. That seems to calm the discomfort for me.

      over 4 years ago

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