• 18 days ago

    Constipation since colonoscopy

    Hello. I'm 66, female, with a history of diverticulitis and used to suffer from IBS-D years ago.

    I had my routine, every-three-year colonoscopy nearly a month ago. I am subject to polyps; 5 tiny pre-cancerous polyps were removed. I had no fever or bleeding, but was very sore internally afterwards. Since then, I have been constipated and have had painful gas pains and pressure, sometimes even extending up my back, making it difficult to sleep. Over the last two weeks, my appetite has decreased to where it is impossible for me to eat more than a few tiny bites. I've been keeping up my fluids and drinking Ensure, etc. This can't go on; I've lost about 10 lbs.

    I've started taking peppermint capsules and have been taking a probiotic, as well. I left a message with my gastroenterologist's nurse this morning, as this is miserable.

    Has anyone else experienced anything like this following a colonoscopy - especially the appetite loss? Nothing sounds appealing, and I am on the verge of nausea. My primary physician recently put me on an antidepressant that is supposed to help appetite, but nothing so far (just 5 days in.) Any input is welcomed.