New symptoms after intestinal surgery can sometimes point to SBS
When you develop new symptoms after the removal of part or all of your intestines, you should talk to your doctor.
Short Bowel Syndrome Symptoms
When you have Short Bowel Syndrome, your body has a hard time absorbing all the nutrients and fluids it needs to function normally. This is often accompanied by a series of unpleasant symptoms.
These symptoms may be your body's way of telling you that something is wrong. If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, you should talk to your doctor.
Common SBS Signs and Symptoms
Additional SBS Signs and Symptoms
“The biggest aspect of my life with SBS is probably the diarrhea and fatigue. You need to be close to a bathroom, because when you need to go, you need to go.”
- Kevin, SBS patient
Potential issues with an Ostomy
Some people with SBS have an ostomy, which is a surgical opening (called a stoma) created through the skin of the stomach that allows the elimination of bodily waste. An ostomy basically lets your body get rid of waste while detouring around certain parts of the gastrointestinal tract. However, there can be symptoms that can affect one's ostomy:
“After my resection, I had a permanent ileostomy. I had to adjust and to face the fact that I had an ostomy and accept it as part of my life… because I didn't intend to give up and stop living. So i adjusted and made it part of my life.”
- Norma, SBS Patient
For tips on how to manage certain SBS symptom side effects, such as soreness from chronic diarrhea, sign up to receive a copy of A Patient’s Guide to Managing a Short Bowel by Carol Rees Parrish, MS, RD, and talk to your doctor.
If you experience any of the symptoms on this page, talk to your doctor.