I did not end up with a bag which I used to say is lucky. Without the full rectum capacity and the muscle weakening I have problems with "accidents" from loose bowels enough to wonder how lucky I really am. It has been so long, but I do remember pain. The doctor said it was the intestines realigning back into place. I have a couple of bad crimps where the colon did a sharp turn. They talked me into the camera pill once because of some bleeding they could not find the source of. The camera could not make the turn and I ended up with emergency surgery. Again, there was pain for a while during the resettling of the intestines. When I have some gas I will get pain if I am constipated at all. With that said, "hurt all the time" - no, but frequently and varying levels - yes. You might want to talk more to your doctor. All the negative talk is not to scare you. I have survived for over 20 years when many did not. I am blessed and happy to be here. As you age (I am 56) things do get worse. Since you already have the bag, you won't share my problems of accidents and wild runs to the bathroom only to be too late.View Thread
It has been over 20 years since I survivor stage 3 col-rectal cancer with 6 months chemo and 28 radiations. Now my digestive systems decides on occasion it is not going to work. I end up with an impaction and throwing up for hours. I ended up in the hospital once, but now I watch and if it seems not to be digesting, I fast until it clears - but sometimes I am not watching and eat when I should not. Has anyone else experienced this?View Thread
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