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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What could be causing severe stomach spasms following bowel cancer surgery?

    I had surgery for bowel cancer in 2007 and since that time I have endured reoccuring severe groin/stomach spasms which requires morphine and at times hospitalisation.

    I have not found a reason for this but feel that my two hernias across the top of my stomach may be squeezing my bowel causing the pain…can you suggest any medical procedure that may enlighten me on what is causing this?

    I have had two episodes in two weeks and I am very depressed….
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  • Bowel Cancer Australia is the leading community-funded charity dedicated to prevention, early diagnosis, research, quality treatment and care for everyone affected by bowel cancer. We … View Profile

    Hi there,

    Thank you for your questions. I'm sorry to hear you are feeling so unwell.

    The spasms you are describing should be investigated, especially if they are so severe you require morphine. When did you last have a colonoscopy? If you have not had one recently, I suggest one should be organised to check inside the bowel first. The hernias would not be helping the situation. Is there a plan to have them repaired? The other factor worth considering is diet. Certain foods may be a real problem for people following bowel surgerey. I suggest you keep a food diary to see if particular foods are causing you irritation.

    Please visit where you will be able to contact our Nutritionist Adviser for furthur advice. The information on the Living with Bowel Cancer and Patient Information pages may also be of interest.

    Kind regards
    Nurse Adviser

    Bowel Cancer Australia
    Level 2 65 Walker Street North Sydney NSW 2060

    Tel: 02 9923 8269 | Fax: 02 9923 8290 |

    Please note that the information provided by Bowel Cancer Australia’s Nurse and Nutritionist Advisory Services is intended for Australian residents as a reference guide only. It is not a substitute for independent professional advice and is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or disorder.

    If you believe your symptoms are consistent with those of bowel cancer or a digestive illness, please consult your doctor.

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