BM Aftershocks

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BM Aftershocks

by klrae on Tue Jul 10, 2018 08:21 PM

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Looking for any help anyone can provide!  Stage 3 rectal cancer, LAR surgery in January 2018, ielostomy after surgery to heal area, takedown surgery in April 2018.  Now 3 months past takedown and things are getting better but the main issue I'm having is what I call after shocks.  I go poo and sometimes it's quick and easy and sometimes it takes longer and that's to be expected.  The aftershocks as I all them are painful spasms that feel like I need to go or pass gas and sometimes I do but if there is any poo it's very minimal.  These can last for a couple of hours and it is painful plus I feel the need to "check" myself so often, it's disruptive.  Has anyone else had these and what did you do to minimize them?  

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by PaulCooked on Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:00 AM

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On Jul 10, 2018 8:21 PM klrae wrote:

Looking for any help anyone can provide!  Stage 3 rectal cancer, LAR surgery in January 2018, ielostomy after surgery to heal area, takedown surgery in April 2018.  Now 3 months past takedown and things are getting better but the main issue I'm having is what I call after shocks.  I go poo and sometimes it's quick and easy and sometimes it takes longer and that's to be expected.  The aftershocks as I all them are painful spasms that feel like I need to go or pass gas and sometimes I do but if there is any poo it's very minimal.  These can last for a couple of hours and it is painful plus I feel the need to "check" myself so often, it's disruptive.  Has anyone else had these and what did you do to minimize them?  

Klrae! I hear you! In fact your after shock spasms are why I found this website and joined it. I can’t find anyone who understands the PAIN involved in these spasms. The quick sharp pain is made worse if you try to hold it, or put off going to the bathroom I’ve found. Yep mine last about 2 hours as well. I can’t find the food that causes this. It happens after all types of food or drink. The only thing that seems to help a bit is Imodium AD. It seems to lessen the frequency but I’m not 100% on that. The fact that you mentioned pain somehow makes me feel better. Everyone talks about the urgency and some of the fears of having an accident, but not the weird spasms that can last for about 20 seconds of hell. Of course, if you’ve come this far, like me, you know of tons of new ways to feel pain from this cancer. Thank you for sharing. I hope you’ve found some relief. God bless you. Paul

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by klrae on Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:23 AM

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Paul it's good to hear that someone understands. I have also found that if I take a half of an Imodium when the spasms start, they will go away without causing any constipation.

RE: BM Aftershocks

by PaulCooked on Sat Nov 24, 2018 05:49 PM

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Hi There! Happy Holidays, checking back in with you to see how you are feeling? Currently, I’m waiting outside the bathroom at a mall in a cold sweat. Thought I was getting better but it’s back. A little different. Have you found any new relief to what we talked about in July?
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