Thetoad wrote:The Konsyl D was advised by my colorectal nurse and the amount has varied from one to two teaspoons daily. The reason I was given is that with so much bowel missing, water is not absorbed so much, resulting in looser motions. Hence, the Konsyl D which is meant to help absorb water.
Konsyl D a.k.a. Psyllium a.k.a. Metamucil can be used in both cases of diarrhea and constipation.
In case of hemicolectomy you have enough colon to absorb enough water.
I do not believe that you need to take Konsyl D just to improve water intake unless you are dehydrated without it.
I also experimented with Metamucil in the first few months after my surgery, but then abandoned it.
Thetoad wrote: Nor do I take probiotics but I do have yoghurt almost daily.
Typicall grocery store yoghurts do not count. I was talking about natural non-pasterised yoghurt.
It should have "non-pasterised" or "live culture" phrases on the label.
You may buy it in a store or make it DIY.
Thetoad wrote: I'll look at the BRAT diet.
My definition of BRAT fiet:
- bananas, apples (skinned and cored)
- rice, white bread, potatoes
- meat, fish, chicken, eggs
It should be used only as a foundation and supplemented with more fruits and vegetables (up to your tolerance level).
Personally I do not believe that sweets have a significsnt impact on bowel movements pattern.
58 yo male at diagnosis - T1bN0, 0/15 lymph nodes, low grade/moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma
03/2016 colonoscopy #1: 2 small polyps removed in left colon; CEA = 1.3
04/2016 colonoscopy #2: caecum sessile 3.5 cm polyp piecemeal removed with kind of clear margins
05/2016 CT scan, blood test ...
05/2016 "prophylactic" laparoscopic right hemicolectomy with a few complications (bleeding, leak, infection)
06/2017 CT scan (lower body), colonoscopy OK; CEA = 1.6