Lower Anterior Resection Syndrome

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rea11y
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Lower Anterior Resection Syndrome

Postby rea11y » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:45 am

diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 08, started treatment in late 08 chemo (24/7 ) radiation followed by surgery in 09. After months of recuperation LARS started 10/12 washroom visits per day. some visits lasting over 1 hour . Unable to work due to the multiple washroom visits

ozziej
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Re: Lower Anterior Resection Syndrome

Postby ozziej » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:20 am

Sorry to hear you're having a rough time. LARS sucks. Did you know that there is a Facebook group called Living with Low Anterior Resection Syndrome? If you're not a member already, you will be made most welcome and find lots of support and information. Best wishes.
F 56 dx 11/14 Stage 1 RC (post EMR)
No neo-adjuvant or adjuvant chemo/RD
3/15 ULAR (open) temp loop ileo
5/15 ileo reversal
NED and hoping to stay that way!! : )

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O Stoma Mia
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Re: Lower Anterior Resection Syndrome

Postby O Stoma Mia » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:41 am

ozziej wrote:Sorry to hear you're having a rough time. LARS sucks. Did you know that there is a Facebook group called Living with Low Anterior Resection Syndrome? If you're not a member already, you will be made most welcome and find lots of support and information. Best wishes.

Living with Low Anterior Resection Syndrome
https://m.facebook.com/groups/786555674854989/

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Re: Lower Anterior Resection Syndrome

Postby Eleda » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:36 am

I'm expecting to suffer same
as I have had a ULAR and being reversed on Thursday, I'm not on Facebook OSM but would appreciate any tips in regards to anything helpful, pictullarly foods !!!! THAT HELPED OR AGRIVATED???!
I am the type of person that predicts worst case scenario, then anything less is a bonus :D
Thanks Adele X
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Tumor reduce by 80% 1 LN still remaining
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O Stoma Mia
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Re: Lower Anterior Resection Syndrome

Postby O Stoma Mia » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:31 pm

Eleda wrote:I'm expecting to suffer same as I have had a ULAR and being reversed on Thursday, I'm not on Facebook OSM but would appreciate any tips in regards to anything helpful, pictullarly foods !!!! THAT HELPED OR AGRIVATED???!
I am the type of person that predicts worst case scenario, then anything less is a bonus :D
Thanks Adele X

It's good that you are focusing of foods, because, in my opinion, proper food selection is the key to eventually gaining control over your bowel function.

What I would suggest is that you start off by keeping a detailed Food/Exercise/Toilet log so that you can determine how your body reacts to various foods and beverages, and so that you can then determine which combinations of food and beverages will trigger urgent bowel problems.

http://coloncancersupport.colonclub.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=50454&p=387056#p387056

Every patient is different, so you need to concentrate on what works for you.

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Re: Lower Anterior Resection Syndrome

Postby CRguy » Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:26 pm

rea11y wrote:After months of recuperation LARS started

I think a lot of us just needed to research and keep trying some things which could work for us !

Here's a bit of light reading to get you started :

MDA bowel training program

Bowel symptoms and self-care strategies of survivors in the process of restoration after low anterior resection of rectal cancer

Google search = LAR syndrome treatment

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CRguy
Caregiver x 4
Stage IV A rectal cancer/lung met
12 Year survivor
my life is an ongoing totally randomized UNcontrolled experiment with N=1 !
Review of my Journey so far

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Re: Lower Anterior Resection Syndrome

Postby ozziej » Sun Mar 17, 2019 9:33 pm

Eleda wrote:I'm expecting to suffer same
as I have had a ULAR and being reversed on Thursday, I'm not on Facebook OSM but would appreciate any tips in regards to anything helpful, pictullarly foods !!!! THAT HELPED OR AGRIVATED???!
I am the type of person that predicts worst case scenario, then anything less is a bonus :D
Thanks Adele X

Hi Adele,
I also had a ULAR. I went on to develop major LARS (but you may not, or you may have a milder form). Although everyone is different, here are some tips that are drawn from a group of 900 people with LARS.
Make sure you have a good supply of calmoseptine cream and alcohol free wipes to keep your bottom from getting sore. A bidet is also helpful. Do your pelvic floor exercises as this will help with control.
It's normal to cluster (repeated urges to defaecate but only producing tiny amounts of stool). Resisting every urge helps. Incontinence pads and diapers give confidence to resist.
It's normal not to be able to tell gas from stool in the early stages. Ditto pads/diapers.
You may find beginning with a low residue diet (Google) helps. It's hard to list particular foods be because what is okay for me might be a disaster for you and vice versa. Introduce one new food at a time.
Immodiun and bulking agents such as metamucil can help loose stool.
It's normal to flip from loose stool to what seems like constipation (though often the stool is not hard and dry but sticky or pasty and hard to push out. Stool softeners can help.
Keeping meals small and simple will help you work out what suits you. Having an earlier evening meal may help avoid all-nighters on the loo.
Be sure to keep well-hydrated.
If your symptoms persist, you may have LARS. There is no one 'treatment' for LARS, there are management techniques for individual symptoms. Talk with your doctor (although you may have to educate him/her about LARS). If you do develop LARS i would encourage you to join the Facebook group. I wasn't 'on Facebook' either (still not really) but I made an exception for this one group. It really helps to have others who have experienced your issues.
Lastly, try to retain a sense of humour. You will have good days and bad days, but eventually the good will outweigh the bad. It's a marathon not a sprint. Best wishes.
F 56 dx 11/14 Stage 1 RC (post EMR)
No neo-adjuvant or adjuvant chemo/RD
3/15 ULAR (open) temp loop ileo
5/15 ileo reversal
NED and hoping to stay that way!! : )


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