Bowel cancer treatment and side effects

MrsMoors

Me again! Bum is very uncomfortable post APR

Hi all, OH has started to have the uncomfortable sensations in the butt and can no longer sit! X any hints or tips from those of you that have gone through this uncomfortable time?

lisa7

Hi @mrsmoore
Nurse told my dad to sit to one side. Say to nurse how uncomfortable it is might need more pain relief. Best wishes to you both :x::x:

MrsMoors

He has been given some more pain relief and he has a meeting next week x just wondered if there was anything else I can do for him :x:

Ninatoo

I'm not there yet @MrsMoors so I don't know how effective this advice is. The advice given to me was to use sorbelene cream as a barrier, have salt baths and use ice packs to help when sitting. I hope this is helpful.

MrsMoors

That's very helpful! Sounds daft but do you sit on the ice pack? What would you put in a salt bath just salt? Thank you for replying :x::x:

bettebette

Hello @MrsMoors I have not had the treatment that your OH had but because I have other problems I too was advised salt baths, in my case Epsom salts (it’s high magnesium so you would need to check that it’s ok). Also I bought an gel ice/warm pack (so it remains soft when frozen) to sit on. I am not giving specific advice, just my experience, because my problem was very different (dislocated and bruised coccyx after operation) :x::x::x:

Ninatoo

Tepid water and just a small handful of salt was recommended. And yes, sit on the ice pack but be sure to wrap it in a cloth first to avoid ice burn. 10 minutes-15 minutes at most at a time.

MrsMoors

No were not supposed to do any of that, just breathing exercises. lol

Ninatoo

I apologise @MrsMoors I think that comment I made above was meant for a thread about radiotherapy, not post APR surgery! I am not sure how I mixed it up!

Alister

I avoided sitting as much as possible but when I had to I used a memory foam coccyx cushion as recommended buy the specialist nurse - don't bother with the inflatable donuts' though they are worse than useless.
also keep as mobile as possible