Jun 19, 2009 - 8:48 am
Has anyone suffered with persistent nausea after colon resection? The doctor said my husband's surgery went well (removed approx 8" of sigmoid colon). He was very well after surgery for a few days. Then they removed the epidural and cath and he started vomiting everything. He would have a good day and would take in some food, and then the next day he would be sick and vomiting. They released him Monday, and that is still the case. We thought it might be the pain meds, but he hasn't taken anything for pain since last Sunday and is still nauseous.
Doc said sometimes this happens, it might take a little longer for him to get back on track, and he might even need to go back to the hospital (he is not up for that at all). He is unable to tolerate food/drink without severe heartburn that makes him very nauseous. He is taking Tums and said it helps a little. He is only eating very small amounts of food (ie.,a saltine cracker, spoonful of mashed potatoes) and he is drinking as much as he can handle throughout the day to try to stay hydrated (doesn't seem like enough to me). Surgery was 11 days ago. They prescribed compazine 2 days ago and it worked for one day, then yesterday, after PET scan, they gave him IV zofran with fluids because he was weak and vomiting.
I should also include that he hasn't been allowed to eat for several weeks before his surgery. When they thought it was diverticulitis they had him eat a lighter diet, followed by hospitalization for the perforated colon during which they wouldn't even allow ice chips for six days. After surgery was scheduled, he drank Ensure for the few days at home before surgery until he had to do the bowel prep. I was under the impression he would be able to tolerate a light diet by now and am so concerned about him becoming dehydrated (I think that may have been the problem yesterday). I can't imagine him starting chemo in this weakened condition and he meets with the oncologist on Tuesday.
A visiting nurse is coming again today and will remove the staples from his incision. Is is possible the staples could be causing this? Might sound silly but my sister had her navel pierced and became very sick, and as soon as she took it out she got better. His incision runs through his navel.
Sorry if I am redundant - posted some of this in another thread. Just wanted to know if anyone dealt with this and how they were able to recover. He just tried half a banana and wasn't able to eat even half of that. I am definitely getting on his nerves by trying to monitor his intake so I don't want to cause him more stress. I am also going to ask them to prescribe zofran since it worked yesterday.