I am in The hospital 3rd day post op from right hemicolectomy and my bowel movements are quite watery and dark tinged with blood. Did anyone else experience this? It has been going on for days. My guts feel rumbly. I am mostly worried about this dark blood mixed with my watery stool. The doctors don't seem worried,but I can't find anyone else who had this post op. Is this normal to anyone?
michael 58 wrote:I am a 58 year old male. In spring of 2010 I started having gas and abdominal pain out of no where. I tolerated it for few moths thinking it was my body's reaction to some foods(milk, wheat,..) I have been very careful with my diet and exercise regularly. I don't smoke and drink very moderately. I was very healthy and played sports in college. The last time I had a flue was in 1993. There was no family history of any cancer.
I went to see my family doctor. He put me through a series of blood/stool tests and abdominal radiology. I learned that my red blood cell count was very low. There was also blood in my stool. My doctor suggested a colonoscopy that showed cancerous tumor in the cecum of my ascending colon. A CT scan re-confirmed it. I was totally surprised. I had right hemicolectomy surgery a week later( August 22, 2010). The surgen removed 1/3 of my colon and 2" of my small intestine during an open operation. I spent 5 days in the hospital. The pathalogy report showed adenocarcinoma of cecum. 7 of the 28 lymth nodes that were removed during the surgery were affected. I had stage three colon cancer. Two weeks after the surgery I started six months of chemotherapy with Oxilaplatin injections and Xeloda caplets(3000-3500 mg per day). I had severe reactions to chemo. Acid reflux and pins & needle of my feet were the main ones. Low energy, lack of appetite, no ability to taste food, hick ups,.... It has been one year since my surgery and six months since my last chemo cycle. I have gained my energy back. I still feel a burning sensation on the bottom of my feet. All my body functions are back to normal. The only effect I can feel is a pressure against my right lung when I take a deep breath. I feel something is preventing the expansion. It is not painful just uncomfortable. I am going to have some tests(CEA, liver enzymes, CT, CBC ..) done in the near future. My oncologyst said a CT scan once a year is all I need. Thank you for reading my story. If you have any advice please let me know.
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