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Glad to be done
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Got a question for anyone who did cisplatian/taxol and used and I P port.

I have noticed since I finished chemo that my bowel movements change ofte. The go from regular to soft not watery0 then back to regular. My doctor told me this all part of recovering from the surgery/chemo and it will take a good year for everythign to get back to normal....

Just curios if any of you experienced this too. You know what lingers in the back of my mind when it happens to me. I don't even need to say it. lol

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2timothy1 7
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My BMs were like that for a few months. They are consistent now. I was told by a naturopath that ovarian cancer patients should have 2-3 BMs per day. Just curious if anyone else has heard this. I only manage to have one.

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kikz
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hard to keep regular. I have the 2 tablespoons of fiber each day and if things aren't going well, I start taking a stool softener. I am on Weight Watchers so I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and basically no processed food. I don't eat out much and stay away from fast food.

Even with all that there are times I don't go for two or three days, then I have to take some kind of action. I don't really get scared about it anymore because it has been this way since I finished treatment in September of 2010.

Karen

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lovesanimals
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and during my debulking surgery, I also had about a foot of my lower bowel removed because the tumor had attached itself there. I have less "storage" for my poo which means I go about five times per day, which is better than right after my surgery. Right after my surgery, I would feel the urgent need to have a BM about 10-12 times per day and each time there would only be one little "nugget". Now, I tend to be a little on the constipated side, so I take Metamucil every evening and I eat some fruits and vegetables every day, although probably not enough.

By the way, I love the fact that I can talk about my bowel habits here!:) I don't speak this freely with anyone else, beyond my hubby and close family.

Kelly

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Glad to be done
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LOL Kelly. I know. Nothing held back here. On another board someone had mentioned that their naturpath (sp?) said it is normal for OC patients to have 2-3 bm's a day. She wanted to know if anyone else heard that or even did that. I for one am not one to even go every day and I was like that pre cancer too....Now though I have to do a little miralax or milk of magnesia to get me going if I don't go for a few days...

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lovesanimals
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that it's normal for OC patients to have two-three bm's a day. Interesting thought. Pre cancer, I was going one or two times every day, so in a way, it makes sense that my new "normal" is now about five times a day. I'm just glad that I work in an office building with a bathroom with lots of stalls fairly close by! Speaking of bathrooms, any time I plan to do something or be on the road, my first thought is, will I have access to bathroom facilities?!

Kelly

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