Continued back pain (apparently arthritis) that is actually getting worse it seems to me, is preventing her from being mobile which she needs to help wake up what's left of her colon, and stomach.
Just some thoughts/questions from me who is not diagnosed with CRC but who have Big back pain at the moment (probably arthritis).
1. "getting worse" - could that maybe be caused by the hospital bed? Or does your hospital have these fantastic beds that adjust to your body? (I had the 'pleasure' of experience one of those at SFGH after I had an accident in San Francisco). When my DH has had surgeries (not all being abdominal) and spent time in a hospital bed, he has complained a lot about back pain, blaming the hospital bed - it has taken a week at home in his own bed before his back is OK again.
2. These days now as my back is giving me bad pain - when I wake up in the morning, I have to force myself to endure the pain getting worse as I get out of bed. Because I know that after I have walked around, supported by a 'walking-stick', for a few minutes my back pain will slowly get better.
3. Can your wife's back pain be a spasm? (Pain all the time no matter what you do). I experienced that once and it was probably caused by low magnesium.
Please forgive me if these are stupid comments.
Just trying to think of some things that is preventing your wife being mobile.
All the best to you !
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