Hi, I'm new to this forum. To give a quick intro, my name is Jenny, I live in Georgia, U.S., and am 36 years old. I am rather tall and of slender build, which my surgeon said would work in my favor. I'm 3 1/2 wks out from having an ALIF on my L5-S1. The disc there was 100% collapsed and the L5 vertebra was retrolisthesed (or slid back) and had 2 large bone spurs that had to be cut off before it could be realigned. Then a titanium cage with screws and cadaver bone was put in. I did a lot of research going into this, so I knew it would be a bad surgery, but one thing I didn't know about or expect is the colon pain. Granted I have suffered from IBS since I was 4 or 5 yrs old, with the pain sometimes being so severe that it would feel as though I was being repeatedly stabbed in the guts, and I would scream and cry for my mom and God and any- and everyone else to help me. However after I was grown, these "colon attacks" as my mother termed them became fewer and further between as well as less severe when they did occur. Well, now more than 3 weeks post-op I thought I was slowly recovering, headed in the right direction, until a couple of nights ago when my colon flared up with a vengeance. Last night was even worse. The pain was so bad I thought I was going to puke and/or pass out. Even now, I am lying in bed trying not to move for fear of making the pain worse. I'm sorry to write so much, especially on my 1st post, but I wanted to explain what is going on, and just really wanted to know if this is normal. Has anyone else experienced this after an ALIF?
Thanks in advance for any helpful info!