Congratulations on your 20 years. Mine has been over 7 years and I still work everyday trying to figure out how to get my colon to work correctly. Of course its not going to be the same because of losing my " holding pocket " as my doctor explained. I take a lot of Dulcolax which gives you gas, but the surgery left me with constant bloating and gas. The only time I feel really good "Digestively" is when I've had a good cleansing of the colon. My so called surgeon said to just let your colon start working on it's own. Let's see how he would like to go 14 days without a bowel movement. I never let it go like that anymore. I'm trying to figure out what foods are the most gassiest. So far all of them. They say to eat fiber, but that blows me up like a balloon and makes me miserable. I believe it should be the rule of thumb to tell your patients ahead of time of what you are going to have to live with, even though, yes, I still had to have the surgery at 48 years old. I did end up in the emergency room once because of the impacted bowels. I was just trying to listen to my surgeon. I won't do that again. Laxatives are too harsh, but dulcolax is not and so far my colonoscopies have not showed up with any damage. They said my polyps were the slow growing type and probably had been there for years growing. Good Luck.View Thread
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