It's been almost 9 months since my surgery. I've had more accidents since surgery than ever before. I keep a food/symptom diary to try to pinpoint trouble foods but so far there doesn't seem to be a clear pattern. I know to avoid harder to digest foods like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, onions, etc.. I'll go from multiple small bowel movements a day, to constipation, then to diarrhea/loose stools with accidents. My surgeon said that the part that he removed(half of my rectum and half of my sigmoid) are only for storage so they shouldn't affect my digestion. He mentioned IBS. He said about taking extra fiber such as metamucil but I've been trying to get fiber from food. Dicetel has cut down the number of accidents and bowel spasms. I'm still on prednisone but have tapered down to 10mg and in another couple of weeks will be off of it. I know I sound like a broken record but I've been really struggling with this. Is this just something that I can expect to never go away because my digestive system has been forever altered?
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
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/16
CT Scan moved up due to high CEA 08/21/17
Clear colonoscopy 09/23/19
Clear 5 year scans 11/21/19- Considered cured!