I'm very new on here. I am hoping someone can help me. I'm feeling rather desperate.
I have a permanent ileostomy. I had the surgery in 2018. This was due to a 7-year battle with ulcerative colitis.
Anyway, I started working out (aerobic exercise) twice a day for 45 minutes. This has started giving me diarrhea, which leads me to dehydration. It also leads to leaking. I've been having to change my pouch every day to every 2 days, and all around my stoma, it's bleeding. My skin is sore. However, I really don't want to stop working out. I really want to get back to being toned, strong, and healthy.
My doctor, whom I haven't met yet (just talked on the phone due to Covid), had one suggestion only, and that was to put 2 tbsp of oat bran in a probiotic yogurt for breakfast.
The only way I can stop or slow things down is to take a minimum of 4-8 Imodium a day. That gets costly as well as changing pouches this often as well.
Has anyone else run into this problem? If so, what did you do to stop it...any help would be so appreciated. Thanks so much.