Bowel cancer and irritable bowel.
For a quite I number of years I have self diagnosed Irritable bowel and found that I needed to avoid a number of foods including wheat, eggs, beetroot, high fibre foods etc. This year I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and had half of my rectum removed at the end of June. Since then I have been experiencing times when my bowel has gone into spasm and is continuously working with alternate constipation but then mainly diarrhoea with both low and general pain and discomfort and spasm. At times I have accidents as well, mainly after eating. These symptoms can continue for up to 24 to 48 hours before they subside and feel really unwell. The symptoms did not happen to the same severe degree before the operation and the spasms are completely new.
I have now been diagnosed with mixed irritable bowel and wondered if anyone else has had similar experiences and how best to cope. I have been increasingly reluctant to go out as I am never sure when an accident will happen. I would be grateful for any thoughts. Best wishes to all.