Jul 12, 2005 - 9:43 pm
I posted this question a couple of weeks ago and didn't really get an answer, so thought I'd try again. I recently (May 23) had a total colectomy. Since then, there has been a burning sensation with every trip to the bathroom. I'm not sure if it would be best described as feeling like passing hot coals, or passing razor blades, or maybe passing jagged shards of glass, but anything of these descriptives will work. Just after the surgery, it was not so bad. It seems to have gotten worse with time (maybe it is related to chemotherapy which I recently started). I have been told that maybe the burning is due to bile salts produced by the small intestine which would be taken care of by the colon, but after a colectomy there is no colon to take care of the bile salts.
I plan to call my oncologist's and surgeon's offices first thing tomorrow, but I am curious if anyone knows anything about this (what I'd really be interested in is a solution or assurance that the problem is simply part of the healing process and will go away in time).