I had half of my large & small intestine removed,w/an ileostomy,which was reversed & reconnected to colon almost 6 mo.ago.Drs.tried many meds,but this IS beginning to help.They started me w/2 a day,gradually advancing to 3 now,then 4 later. Drs,are quite puzzeled,I'm exhausted.Also,my insides have radiation damage from 30 yrs ago for uterine cancer.Is there any hope for some kind of bowel normalcy?Thank you
The Cholestyramine is used to form stools in people with chronic diarrhea. It is used to bind bile acids so you can have normal bowel movements. You can use it up to 6 times a day if your doctor says it is necessary according to my PDR book. You should also have your cholesterol and triglycerides checked periodically while on this medicine. Hope this works for you and good luck sorry to hear about your cancer, I had a hysterectomy for ovarian and uterian cancer 10 years ago and I am only 42. I will be thinking of you.
I have the same history as you do. 2001 I had uterine cancer with everything female removed along with 19 lymph nodes. 2014, because of adhesions, i had to have bowel surgery with an iliostomy for 3 months. Now I have permanent diarrhea. It surprised me that the Mayo Clinic online diet actually helped quite a lot. I had normal bowel movements while on that diet (and it is a high fiber diet). It was easy to digest and did no damage. The food is different from our normal way of eating but is surprisingly good. Just try a few recipes and see if it helps. Also, it is very easy to cook on this diet. They even give you a shopping list each week. By the wAy, I'm still on medication, acetaminophen with codeine 4 and lomotil. I still recommend the diet even tho I didn't stay on it (like most diets) . Now I'm trying cholestyramine. Only on it for 3 days so far but results not good yet. I'll try it for 1 month. Lois
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