Reversal is Over

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Re: Abdominal massage for constipation

Postby Aqx99 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:27 am

O Stoma Mia wrote:Is your sheet of massage instructions something like this one?

Abdominal massage for constipation
https://www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk/resources/patient-information/gi/abdominal-massage-for-constipation.pdf

or this one?

Abdomen self massage for constipation
http://www.youtube.com/embed/N39GIWquhWg/?rel=0&autoplay=1


No. The massage technique my pelvic physical therapist has me doing focuses on activating the ileocecal valve, then getting the "kinks out of the hose" by massaging the hepatic flexure toward the belly button, then the splenic flexure, and finally the sigmoid colon. My anatomy is a bit different because of my LAR, but the principle is the same.
Anne, 40
Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
T3N1bM0
2/21/17 Diagnosis, Age 39
2/21/17 CEA 0.9 ng/mL
3/23/17 - 5/2/17 Chemoradiation, 28 treatments
6/14/17 Robotic LAR w/temp loop ileostomy, ovaries & fallopian tubes removed, 2/21 lymph nodes positive
7/24/17 - 12/18/17 CapeOx, 6 Cycles
7/24/17 Diagnosed w/ovarian cancer
9/6/17 CA 125 11.1 U/mL
11/27/17 CEA 2.6 ng/mL
12/5/17 CT showed NED
12/13/17 CEA 2.9 ng/mL
1/11/18 CA 125 8.6 U/mL
1/23/18 Reversal

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Re: Abdominal massage for constipation

Postby O Stoma Mia » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:19 am

Aqx99 wrote:... No. The massage technique my pelvic physical therapist has me doing focuses on activating the ileocecal valve, then getting the "kinks out of the hose" by massaging the hepatic flexure toward the belly button, then the splenic flexure, and finally the sigmoid colon. My anatomy is a bit different because of my LAR, but the principle is the same.

Tell me, did your physical therapist ever ask you which side you typically sleep on at night? Left side, right side? Maybe something to consider ...

The Magic of Sleeping on the Left Side
Better Elimination
The small intestine dumps waste through the ileocecal valve (ICV) on the right side of the body into the beginning of the large intestine. The large intestine travels up the right side of the belly across the tummy, where it dumps waste into the descending colon on the left side.

Sleeping on the left side allows gravity to encourage the food waste to move more easily from the small intestine into the large intestine through the ICV.
As the night wears on and you continue to sleep on your left side, the waste moves more easily into the descending colon. With the help of gravity and a good night’s sleep on the left side, the descending colon is full of waste and ready to easily and completely eliminate in the morning.

Ref: https://lifespa.com/amazing-benefits-of-sleeping-on-your-left-side/

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Re: Abdominal massage for constipation

Postby Aqx99 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:04 pm

O Stoma Mia wrote:
Aqx99 wrote:... No. The massage technique my pelvic physical therapist has me doing focuses on activating the ileocecal valve, then getting the "kinks out of the hose" by massaging the hepatic flexure toward the belly button, then the splenic flexure, and finally the sigmoid colon. My anatomy is a bit different because of my LAR, but the principle is the same.

Tell me, did your physical therapist ever ask you which side you typically sleep on at night? Left side, right side? Maybe something to consider ...

The Magic of Sleeping on the Left Side
Better Elimination
The small intestine dumps waste through the ileocecal valve (ICV) on the right side of the body into the beginning of the large intestine. The large intestine travels up the right side of the belly across the tummy, where it dumps waste into the descending colon on the left side.

Sleeping on the left side allows gravity to encourage the food waste to move more easily from the small intestine into the large intestine through the ICV.
As the night wears on and you continue to sleep on your left side, the waste moves more easily into the descending colon. With the help of gravity and a good night’s sleep on the left side, the descending colon is full of waste and ready to easily and completely eliminate in the morning.

Ref: https://lifespa.com/amazing-benefits-of-sleeping-on-your-left-side/


She has not asked me about my sleep habits, but I do tend to sleep on my left side if I am not on my back.
Anne, 40
Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
T3N1bM0
2/21/17 Diagnosis, Age 39
2/21/17 CEA 0.9 ng/mL
3/23/17 - 5/2/17 Chemoradiation, 28 treatments
6/14/17 Robotic LAR w/temp loop ileostomy, ovaries & fallopian tubes removed, 2/21 lymph nodes positive
7/24/17 - 12/18/17 CapeOx, 6 Cycles
7/24/17 Diagnosed w/ovarian cancer
9/6/17 CA 125 11.1 U/mL
11/27/17 CEA 2.6 ng/mL
12/5/17 CT showed NED
12/13/17 CEA 2.9 ng/mL
1/11/18 CA 125 8.6 U/mL
1/23/18 Reversal

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Re: Reversal is Over

Postby Aqx99 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:25 pm

I am thrilled to report that yesterday I only went to the bathroom 6 times! I have noticed that I am going a larger volume in one sitting now that I use the massage. I hardly have any clustering. I am so excited! When I go back to work on the 22nd, I think I just might be able to handle this.
Anne, 40
Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
T3N1bM0
2/21/17 Diagnosis, Age 39
2/21/17 CEA 0.9 ng/mL
3/23/17 - 5/2/17 Chemoradiation, 28 treatments
6/14/17 Robotic LAR w/temp loop ileostomy, ovaries & fallopian tubes removed, 2/21 lymph nodes positive
7/24/17 - 12/18/17 CapeOx, 6 Cycles
7/24/17 Diagnosed w/ovarian cancer
9/6/17 CA 125 11.1 U/mL
11/27/17 CEA 2.6 ng/mL
12/5/17 CT showed NED
12/13/17 CEA 2.9 ng/mL
1/11/18 CA 125 8.6 U/mL
1/23/18 Reversal

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Re: Reversal is Over

Postby susie0915 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:38 pm

That's awesome news.
58 yrs old Dx @ 55
5/15 DX T3N0MO/ 2A
6/15 5 wks chemo/rad
7/15 sigmoidoscopy/scar tissue left
8/15 Pet scan NED
9/15 LAR
0/24 nodes
10/15 Bowel blockage. surgery,early ileo rev, c-diff inf :(
12/15 6 rds of xelox
5/16 Clear CT lung scarring/inflammation
9/16 clear colonoscopy
4/17 CT 4mm lung nod onc feels scar tissue
7/17 no change lung nodule
10/17 Clear pel/abd CT
11/17 CEA<.5
1/18 CT/Lung no change in 4mm nodule or scarring/inflammation

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Re: Reversal is Over

Postby heiders33 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:01 pm

How much time have you taken off work? Has it mainly been to stabilize any bowel issues? I am nervous because my reversal is on March 12, and I have only requested one week off. Should I stay home the second week? I have a key hire to make and need to do some interviews, but am anxious that I won’t be able to make it into the office for those because I’ll be tied to the toilet.

Great news on your progress!
36 year-old female
May 2017: Dx rectal cancer at T3N2M0
MSS, no genetic mutations
June-July 2017: 28 days of chemo/radiation
September 2017: LAR surgery with loop ileostomy
October 2017 - February 2018: six rounds of mop-up XELOX
March 12, 2018: reversal

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Re: Reversal is Over

Postby Atoq » Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:28 pm

Great news! :D

Atoq
45 year old, mother of 2
Dx rectal cancer October 2017
At least T3N2aMX (suspect metastasis to one lung 8 mm)
Lynch negative
Neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy Xeloda + 25x2 Gy
05.12.17 laparotomic surgery for blockage, colostomy
25.01.18 laparotomic lar, histerectomy, ileostomy

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Re: Reversal is Over

Postby Aqx99 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:20 pm

heiders33 wrote:How much time have you taken off work? Has it mainly been to stabilize any bowel issues? I am nervous because my reversal is on March 12, and I have only requested one week off. Should I stay home the second week? I have a key hire to make and need to do some interviews, but am anxious that I won’t be able to make it into the office for those because I’ll be tied to the toilet.

Great news on your progress!


My surgeon wanted me to take a month off for surgical recovery as well a bowel recovery. He had to open me up, rather than do my reversal through my stoma, which makes for a harder recovery. You may want to plan more time off, your bowels go crazy when they first get back in the loop.
Anne, 40
Stage IIIB Rectal Cancer
T3N1bM0
2/21/17 Diagnosis, Age 39
2/21/17 CEA 0.9 ng/mL
3/23/17 - 5/2/17 Chemoradiation, 28 treatments
6/14/17 Robotic LAR w/temp loop ileostomy, ovaries & fallopian tubes removed, 2/21 lymph nodes positive
7/24/17 - 12/18/17 CapeOx, 6 Cycles
7/24/17 Diagnosed w/ovarian cancer
9/6/17 CA 125 11.1 U/mL
11/27/17 CEA 2.6 ng/mL
12/5/17 CT showed NED
12/13/17 CEA 2.9 ng/mL
1/11/18 CA 125 8.6 U/mL
1/23/18 Reversal


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