I'm really very freaked out and worried. I only just had takedown surgery last week, so everything is very new. I'm having very loose watery stools, fairly often, but it isn't nearly as bad as the UC was, so I've been dealing pretty well with that. Minimal butt burn. I take lomotil and sometimes tramadol for pain...
However, my butt is often sore. Not burning sore. Sore like there's pressure there, especially when I stand up for long periods of time. And I've recently noticed that I seem to sometimes pass gas from the front, rather than back. I was on my period at the time of the surgery, so I was bleeding the first few days after anyway...but now, after my period should be over, it seems like there's a brown discharge and sometimes a white/mucus-y discharge as well, on my pads, closer to the top than towards the back, where my leaks (I occasionally leak a bit when squatting, etc.) come out. It doesn't really smell like stool? And I've had air from the vagina pre-surgery, just when exercising or sitting in certain positions, but this feels different.
So, I'm really hoping that it is my period being wonky because of surgery. Or maybe a normal thing this soon after surgery? I had UC for six years, no signs of Crohns, I'm young (24), no kids yet, and my doctor hand-sewed my pouch, which I thought was supposed to make fistulas less likely???? I'm just destroyed by the idea. I can't go back to an ostomy. It was hell for me. Does this mean the Jpouch is failing? Should I have surgery? Can I take antibiotics if it is a fistula?? Is it too soon to tell if its adjustment issues or a fistula? What is the protocool? what about sex, eventual pregnancy? Should I just give up on all that too?
I know nothing about fistulas, so I'm just really confused by the whole thing. I have an appointment with my doctor on the 15th, but I really need some advice. Does it sound like a fistula? And what should I expect from here on if it is one? Is this common right after surgery?