Hello all. 41 year old male with rectal cancer surgery. The surgery was a huge success and I'm doing preventative chemotherapy this week for four and a half months.
I just have a question about output. I've been doing a stool softener every day, a little miralax every day (as recommended) and my output is still very irregular. I may go two or two and a half days and then have quite a bit of output. I have a smart water bottle, so I get around 70 ounces of water a day, and I keep my fiber fairly high. I just hate going so long, as it can be somewhat uncomfortable. I did have one small blockage the other day after eating steak, and didn't sleep much that night. I pushed a little around the stoma and finally got some going. Went to sleep for about an hour, and then filled my bag probably three times. So I'm definitely learning. I also have an older cousin with a stoma.
All that to say, how long did it take before your output was regular? My stoma nurse says it could take a while, but this just doesn't seem right.
Thoughts? Thank you.