I have been on TPN with a PICC line for 15 months. My goal is to wean off of TPN at some point, but I am limited in the types of food that I can eat and the amount of food that I can eat.
I was diagnosed with uterine cancer in January 2020. I had a total hysterectomy and dissection of a lymph node that was malignant. I underwent chemo and radiation following my surgery.
The radiation that I received damaged my intestines and also caused appendicitis in me at 66 years old, which ended with an appendectomy. Radiation has not been my friend. I had 2 bowel blockages that required 2 small bowel resections. I had 4 surgeries in 2 years. After the last small bowel resection, my surgeon believed that my bowels were open and that I would be able to eat. My bowels are open, but unfortunately, eating causes me cramping pain, excessive gas, diarrhea, and nausea/vomiting.
I do not know how to proceed with eating at this point since the results can be so unpredictable. I currently receive 80 grams of protein and 1400 calories a day in my TPN bag. Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.
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My diagnosis is radiation enteritis. Thank you!