Well, here we are in 2019 and I’m starting my blog off talking about poop…Why? Because I’m SUPER excited to share with you how different my bowels (and pain levels) have been since my recent bowel resection and Endometriosis excision surgery.
If you weren’t aware, I underwent a bowel resection to remove deep-infiltrating Endometriosis from my small intestine.
Embrace this discovery with me! Here’s my pain journal summary for November of 2018:
And here’s my pain journal summary for January of 2019:
I went one step further and compared my bowel movements and their pain levels for the first eight days of November and of January! The difference is…staggering!
Look how numbers have completely shifted!!! I was flabbergasted when I did the comparison! I mean, I’ve obviously noticed a huge difference in my quality-of-bathroom-life, but wasn’t expecting THIS! And if you’d like more up-to-date info on my bowel movements and pain symptoms, I’ve started blogging about them on the first of every month.
If I ever needed any sort of reassurance that my bowel resection and Endometriosis excision surgeries were the right call, this is it. Not that I needed that validation. And am so grateful to Dr. Mel Kurtulus and Dr. Matthew Schultzel for their expertise, compassion, and friendship.
But I was SO excited about the difference that I wanted to share it with you…And bring in the New Year with…poop-talk.
Stay tuned. I’ll be blogging full-force once again now that I can sit at a computer for longer periods of time. And I cannot wait to share with you the details of my last surgery and the findings.
Be well. I’ve missed you Readers. And I’m so pleased to be back in the saddle, so to speak.
(Updated April 5, 2019)
4 thoughts on “Pain & Poops: Then & Now”
Hello. Just came across your blog when I searched farting and endometriosis lol. I have endometriosis on the sigmoid colon which has now fused to my uterus. Unfortunately this was not picked up on the ultrasound I had prior to my second laparoscopy and my gynae now needs to refer me to a colorectal surgeon to fix the problem and i need to wait in pain again.
The reason I looked up endometriosis and farting is because every night I am awoken and kept awake by lower back cramps and farting. I have lower back cramping all day everyday but it peaks at night and when a bowel movement is near or has happened recently (it doesnt hurt to poop thankfully). Its like having period cramps all the time, thankfully I dont get my period anymore because I have had a mirena iud since my first endo surgery. I am taking paracetamol aka Tylenol daily as well as tramadol to manage the worse days and nights. I have ulcerative colitis so I am limited in that I cannot take nsaids. The pain is getting worse and worse though.
Anyway, just wanted to say hi and tell you a bit of my story. I was very interested to read about your surgery and look forward to hearing the specifics when you have them 🙂
Hi Zoe!!! OoOOoh! Let me know when you’ve got your surgery scheduled!! I’m still writing up my blog and would hate to miss the opportunity to fill you in on the details before you go in. 🙂 Let me know if you’d rather email personally back and forth in the meantime 😀 And…FART AWAY!!!!!!
Email would be great. My next surgery won’t be for 6 months or more most likely as I’m in Australia and a public patient which is free but the wait times are arduous. I’ll definitely see your blog before the surgery 🙂
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hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get this party started! 😀