I sympathise with you Beth, as I have the same problem since 2015 when they finally removed the last part of my colon in a 4th operation. It was really a bad smell and terrible sensation of wetting or dirtying oneself and I am still not used to it after 4 years. It started like a period week, just one week of it and then a good break before the next and I could cope easily with that by wearing an incontinence pad and putting on lots of perfume around my thighs and stomach as well as in the other places I always put perfume. However this last year it suddenly changed and it comes 24/7 most of the time BUT THE SMELL HAS ALMOST ONE NOW, and the colour has gone from brown to clear most of the time. I hate it but it is what life is all about, and my only advice is to do as I have done (with using pads- sometimes up to 3 a day on a bad day) and find a way to make fun out of it so you can laugh, laugh, and laugh even more...as it gives you nice facial wrinkles and eyes that smile and a mouth that turns up and not down. Even strange dogs love me when they look into my eyes!!