Colostomy and Side Effects

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Colostomy and Side Effects

by Brigitte_A on Wed Jan 12, 2005 12:00 AM

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I have had colorectal cancer surgery, turned out to be peritoneal cancer. Results have been positive. Have had a colostomy for several months which is supposed to be reversed in near future. Recently they found a pinpoint hole in the colon section that were sutured. It has reduced in size on its own and we are giving it another few weeks and see if it will heal completely on its own. If not surgery will be done. My question is I have a rectal discharge occasionally, and sometimes more frequently in spite of the colostomy. is this normal? I can't seem to get a straight answer. If you have similar experience please share it with me. Thanks, Brigitte

Colostomy With Rectal Discharge.

by Polly57 on Sun Jan 23, 2005 12:00 AM

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Hi Brigitte, I had surgery for colon cancer in 1998 and had a colostomy for about 4 months. During that time, I also had some rectal discharge that used to drive me crazy. I also could not get straight answers from any of the many doctors that I was seeing. It was as if nobody really knew what it was all about anyway. I had the colostomy reversed and all went well. That was 6 years ago and I am still doing fine and have had no problems re” the rectal discharge. So carry on like you are doing, quit worrying and soon you will be back to normal again. Take care and my prayers are with you.

Colostomy With Rectal Discharge

by Brigitte_A on Mon Jan 24, 2005 12:00 AM

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE AND YOUR PRAYERS. IT MADE ME FEEL A WHOLE LOT BETTER.

Rectal Cancer

by Nanlynn on Sun Jan 30, 2005 12:00 AM

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I know what you are experiencing. My father had rectal cancer also -- and has a colostomy. This was 10 years ago. He is fine and well today but was not able to have his colostomy reversed. He did however have rectal drainage for about 2 months after surgery even though his rectum was completely sutured shut. This did stop and he was fine. Take care-god bless. Nancy

Rectal Discharge

by Mcrigg on Mon Dec 19, 2005 12:00 AM

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I have had surgery for ovarian cancer three times and my latest surgery (June 2005) resulted in a colostomy. I have had a mucus rectal discharge on and off for about two months but lately it seems as if it is heavier. Should I worry?

Colostomy

by Miainmaine on Tue Jan 31, 2006 12:00 AM

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I had a discharge as well off and on for the time I had a colostomy. I believe that it is normal, my doctor told me not to worry about it. I found that it happened on days when I ate a lot.I just had mine reversed in July 2005. Hope to be of some help. Mia.

Colostomy

by Braveheart7 on Mon Jul 31, 2006 12:00 AM

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I have a permanent colostomy for three months now and am having a tough time. I get severe stomach cramps every couple of weeks and was hospitalized once. They thought it was blockage... but not. I don't know if it's the food and/or my chemo and radiation treatments that is causing the cramps. Anyone out there with similar situations that could shed some guidance. Thanks! Anne

RE: Colostomy

by charliechen on Wed Apr 29, 2009 12:00 AM

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On 7/31/2006 Braveheart7 wrote:

I have a permanent colostomy for three months now and am having a tough time. I get severe stomach cramps every couple of weeks and was hospitalized once. They thought it was blockage... but not. I don't know if it's the food and/or my chemo and radiation treatments that is causing the cramps. Anyone out there with similar situations that could shed some guidance. Thanks! Anne

I have a colostomy that I'm planning on getting reversed in the near future. However, I know exactly about the cramps you're experiencing. For me, it was usuallly because of constipation. But it got so bad that I felt like a knife was being jabbed into my stomach and I was hospitalized and given morphine several times. At first, they thought it was blockage as well, but it turned out the drug that caused constipation. Once I passed a good amount of stool, the pain ceased. Having a hot water bag warming your tummy also helps. It was from my chemo, and I'm fine now that chemo and radiation is over.

Hope all is going well with your treatment.

RE: Colostomy and Side Effects

by bonjob5 on Thu Oct 29, 2009 03:37 PM

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I am not sure if you will even get this but I am wondering if your colostomy happened to heal on its own and if so how that went. I can not for the life of me find on the internet info about it healing on its own and not needing surgery for a reversal. My doctor said it looks like mine will heal on its own but had some doubts, If you get this please let me know as I am having many sleepness nights worring that this is not possible and my doctor has no Idea what he is talking about. Thank you

 

RE: Colostomy

by csjgf on Wed Sep 22, 2010 06:02 PM

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On Apr 29, 2009 12:00 AM charliechen wrote:

 

On 7/31/2006 Braveheart7 wrote:

I have a permanent colostomy for three months now and am having a tough time. I get severe stomach cramps every couple of weeks and was hospitalized once. They thought it was blockage... but not. I don't know if it's the food and/or my chemo and radiation treatments that is causing the cramps. Anyone out there with similar situations that could shed some guidance. Thanks! Anne

I have a colostomy that I'm planning on getting reversed in the near future. However, I know exactly about the cramps you're experiencing. For me, it was usuallly because of constipation. But it got so bad that I felt like a knife was being jabbed into my stomach and I was hospitalized and given morphine several times. At first, they thought it was blockage as well, but it turned out the drug that caused constipation. Once I passed a good amount of stool, the pain ceased. Having a hot water bag warming your tummy also helps. It was from my chemo, and I'm fine now that chemo and radiation is over.

Hope all is going well with your treatment.

I also have a colostomy that resulted following a sigmoid abscess after my first chemo for breast cancer recurrence. It has now been 4 months since the surgery and I have just now started having "drainage from the rectom". So do appreciate all the information shared regarding this topic...as I was very concerned.

After my second chemo - I also had constipation along with severe abdominal pain for about 4 days - at that time I took stool softeners (the same ones I was taking in hospital prior to surgery) and used a heating pad for the pain. (Much like you did with the hot water bag and similar to the warm blanket used in hospital). After this I did have relief... although I must say have continued with the stool softeners regular.

I am heading for my 3rd chemo this after noon and hoping things will go better - I plan to take "stool softeners again" - just in case.  

Thanks again everyone for all your help.

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