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    Khoffart asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

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      Khoffart

      LauraJo-Thank you for all of your great advice! I know it will get better with time. I just get frustrated and impatient. Would love to chat with you about things. Are you on Facebook?

      almost 4 years ago
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      I am on Facebook, but e-mail is usually better for me. I will send my e-mail to you as soon as I can figure out how.

      almost 4 years ago
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      Hi, Khoffart. I'm at 2 1/2 years since my colorectal cancer surgery, it will be 2 years in Oct since my ileostomy reversal. Its not an easy battle. Some days are alot better than others. I put myself on a probiotic and that seemed to help alot. I'm still trying to work, which is difficult at times when bathroom issues arise, I'm in the bathroom more than working, not a good thing when I work for a productivity based company. I carry a small bag with me, I refuse to wear depends(its a mindset thing for me) but I do wear extra long pads when I go to work and keep extra in my small bag along with wipes. I carry a shirt with me at all times, in case of an emergency its a great cover up. I find myself not eating before I go to work so I wont have issues there, since I work 3pm-11pm, my dinner is usually around 11:30 pm. In my case I cant seem to pinpoint any certain food that triggers my diarrhea bouts. But at first onset, if its a workday I take Immodium, if its the weekend, my off days, I seem to let it run its course unless we have plans. My Drs have told me I'm pretty much stuck with what I'm left with, its either live with it or get a colostomy. I don't like either option, but right now I'm trying to live with it. I was also left with fecal incontinence from radiation. It has gotten better except when its diarrhea then I have no control. Just remember your not alone, theirs many of us out here having the same or worse issues. Its not an easy battle, but with family, great friends and a support group here they will all help you pull through. I really wish you the best of luck, hope all gets better for you

      almost 4 years ago
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    Khoffart asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

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      I sure had that problem after my colon resection. I thought I would never be able to leave the house! Even 5 years later I still want to know where every potty is, but it is much better now. I worked closely with a gastroenterologist. I also used Immodium when I really needed to, like when I had to fly. But mostly I experimented with Psyllium Fiber (per my doctor) which comes generic and also in capsules. When taken with very little liquid it causes bulk and does not have the laxative effect. It is such an experiment to get the right dose though. Too much you go alot, too little you might get constipated. Frustrating! Right now I take 3 capsules in the morning and 2 before I go to bed. One thing this doctor told me was to always wait 4 days to see if a change is working, like how much fiber you take. It can take that long to adjust. Always remember, too, that when you eat, everything starts to move through your system, so you might find yourself running for a rest room during a meal.sometimes smaller meals help. You might consult a gastroenterologist if you need extra help. I was so bad I ended up on Disability. I have better control, but not not enough I could work now. But I live my life and if I have to go I do. It beats not being around. Good luck!

      almost 4 years ago
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      During chemo, I don't think there is much to help with anything regularly as I never went anywhere until I felt like I was done for the day with the bathroom. Sometimes, it meant staying in for me. I started oatmeal with blueberries and almonds around chemo 9 and must say, I had no need to take any anti-constipation meds from that point forward. I am still on oatmeal 10 months after chemo and believe it helps to keep me pretty regular.

      almost 4 years ago
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      stormy91649

      Have doc prescribe Lomital. Much much better than over the counter stuff. One pill will last about 3 days. But remember the body needs to get rid of XXX(chemo drugs) so Don`t over medicate.

      almost 4 years ago
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    Khoffart wrote on KarenN@StF's wall

    Thank you for your input. I am just very impatient because I want to go back to work and can't because I am there by myself when I do work. Customers come in and I can't be sitting in the bathroom.

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      Khoffart

      My surgeon doesn't want me taking immodium at all, but I do it any way when I need to go somewhere. Thank you.

      about 4 years ago
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      geekling

      I had anal cancer. Cheese now gives me the runs. Different folks are affected differently by various foods. It is a mistake to think diet is a one size fits all proposition.

      almost 4 years ago
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      Rather than cheese, fibrous food would be a better experiment. Adrenal fatigue is sometimes a problem in which case taking enzymes or hcl would be of more benefit. It really isn't possible to ... what do you do @ St. Francis, Karen?

      almost 4 years ago
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    Khoffart wrote on LauraJo's wall

    What kind of probiotic do you take?

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      Khoffart

      What exactly does a Probiotic do? And when you took metamucil was it at breakfast and lunchtime at noon? Or did you take it at breakfast and supper at like six in the evening? Thank you for all the info.

      about 4 years ago
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      LauraJo

      A probiotic increases the good bacteria in your colon. Between chemo, various drugs, antibiotics, when your surgical treatment is finished, your good bacteria can be pretty well depleted, so taking the probiotic helps get your system back in order, can reduce diarrhea. & gets you generally back to being regular.
      When I did the metamucil, I think I was taking it with breakfast & dinner, basically twelve hours apart, and when I reduced it to one capsule, I kept taking the dinner one because I was eating a fiber bar at breakfast. While this worked out for me, you are just going to have to experiment to see what works for you. Hopefully, this will give you a guide to get started with, and you can add or subtract as necessary.

      about 4 years ago
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      Khoffart

      Thank you for your input. I will have to ask my surgeon about taking a probiotic.

      about 4 years ago
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    Khoffart wrote on carm's wall

    Thank you for the links. They will be helpful to me.