Chronic Diarrhea after Lumbar Laminectomy
Has anyone ever experienced or heard of anyone having severe diarrhea lasting over a year after having a lumbar laminectomy? My husband had a c-5 to c-7 fusion in 2007; a c-1 to c-3 fusion and full C laminectomy in Feb 2010 and a full Lumbar laminectomy in set 2010. After the Sept 2010 he developed diarrhea. Very severe diarrhea to the point that he has lost over 70 pounds in the past 18 months. We have seen numerous GI doctors and had many tests ran and nothing shows up as far as irritable Bowel, Crohns or Cancer or any type of bacterial condition (ie Giardhia or EColi). None of the medication they have tried him on has helped the diarrhea. We have tried every dietary change prescribed as well as some not prescribed, to no avail. We have even sought alternative therapy such as going to a Neurolink and others. The only thing that we can possibly connect it to is the surgery. The diarrhea started as soon as he left the hospital. Now it is affecting everything about our lives. He is weak, has been hospitalized for dehydration several times and is losing hope. We can hardly even travel as he is in the bathroom sometimes 20 times a day. Haven;t had a full nights sleep in so long that we do not remember what it feels like. I have read that sometimes bowel or bladder function can be affected, but cannot find any information about it. We have asked his neurosurgeon if this could be related and all we got was an emphatic "no". We really trust him and his opinion as he performed all 4 surgeries on my husband, but are concerned that he just has never heard of a correlation such as this. Any feedback would be appreciated as this never ending issue is severely impacting our lives. Even if there isn't a fix, at least an answer would be of help. Seriously considering a colostomy at this point since maybe his quality of life would be a little better if he didn;t live in fear of pooping his pants in front of our family or a customer. Plus, having to go on the side of the road, in fields, in public bathrooms, and everywhere else you can think of is very tiresome. as a side note, all of these surgeries have NOT taken his pain away either. If he had known he would suffer so incredibly bad even after having all of these procedures he would have never started the surgery path.