Jul 20, 2012 - 11:01 am
I am posting to try to find some help/relief for my mom who was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer about 5 weeks ago. She had a colonoscopy, was admitted and had surgery the next day. The tumor was in the sigmoid area of the colon and I know she had about one foot of colon removed. Unfortunately, it was stage III by this point. She had a colonoscopy 18 months before so I was a bit upset about this, but anyhow....
She is 84 years old, but a young 84. She has never had an illness before and I think that is making it more difficult.
After surgery, she was in a rehab center for two weeks and she insists she did better then, but I wonder if it was all the pain medicine. This is her second week home and she complains of feeling very weak, low energy, nauseous and has cramping pain after eating... She also has multiple bowel movements and is very uncomfortable with a "burning, tight feeling."
Can people tell me how long does it take to recover from this kind of surgery? Any suggestions on things that help with energy and also pain after surgery? Her primary care doctor was surprised she was still having so much cramping and I am not sure if I should talk to the surgeon, the oncologist or her GI doctor.....
Sorry for the length!! Any help/suggestions would be appreciated! There is more, but right now I just would love for to feel a bit better...with less discomfort... I think it just takes time, but she is so frustrated and upset and I feel at a loss for how to help her.