Colon resection recovery

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Colon resection recovery

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:54 am

Some days I have more energy than others. I have to be careful not to overdo it. I walk around my apartment. I tire very easily and feel very weak some days. Also the pain is better some days and worse others. When my asthma is acting up I feel especially weak. I've had to use my inhaler two days in a row. I hope I'm not getting a cold because when I get a cold it makes my asthma much much worse. I eat but don't have much of an appetite. I have to be careful how I bend because bending too much hurts. I just take it one day at a time. I drink lots of fluids, use metamucil and a stool softener, and try to eat more fiber. I know it takes a while to recover from colon resection.
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
NED 11/10/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
NED 09/25/17
NED 12/21/18
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured! :)

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Re: Colon resection recovery

Postby KWT » Sun Dec 07, 2014 3:29 pm

Sounds like everything's moving along for you. It took me a couple months to get back from my LAR. Appetites a tough one for me.

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Re: Colon resection recovery

Postby midlifemom » Sun Dec 07, 2014 5:36 pm

DE, you've got it right, the days aren't consistent but you should start noticing the good days will become more frequent. Be good to yourself. This is a good time to catch up on tv series, books, etc.
Stage 3 cc - dx Jan '14 age 53, cea 2.9
t2n2m0, KRAS mutant, MSS
Folfox Feb - Aug '14
Nov '14 cea 27.7 -2 liver masses
Dec '14 left lobectomy and HAI
Jan '15 FUDR and FOLFIRI
Aug '15 fudr done, liver clear, add avastin for lungs. Cea 4.3
Feb '16 CEA rising
May '16 2 wk break then drop Iri for 6 weeks.
Jul '16 cancer grew, constricted main bile duct. Stent inserted. On break till jaundice clears. CEA climbing. Doing reduced Folfox. Allergic to Oxali.
Sep'16 chemo failed. Trial or hospice?

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Re: Colon resection recovery

Postby orcasres » Sun Dec 07, 2014 11:42 pm

You need to remember that you have had very major surgery. When I left the hospital, they told me that you are not really completely healed for up to 6 months. For the first couple of weeks I had all of the symptoms you are describing. Then I started to turn a corner. Take care of yourself and hopefully you will start to see better days soon. If you are really worried about a symptom, call your surgeon to get some help.

63 yo F
Colon resection Sept. 2010
pT3N0M0 Stage 2A
Medullary Tumor 6.5cm long
Lymphovascular invasion
Lynch negative
12 FOLFOX 11/2010 to 5/2011 8 w/Oxi
NED so far

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Re: Colon resection recovery

Postby alphagam » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:32 am


Because of the nature of my surgery I thought I was home free. Two days later was at my friends funeral. Took me days to recover from that! I believe most of your questions about what to do, why your back or side hurts should be directed to your surgeon, as he/she knows your specific case. Please don't wait for your next appointment, just call!

Dx Feb 2010 4 cm tumor, just inside rectum
EUS stated T3 tumor
2nd opinion, need better path
Mar 2010 transanal surgery. Surgery by board certified CRS found tumor only in lining
6 exams of surg site, 3 PET, 3 scopes laterNED.
Scope in Mar2015, clean colon
Next scope/test in 3 years

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