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Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:48 am
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I have an ileostomy for about 3 weeks. I've had a hard time finding the right appliance but I think I've found one. Still leaking occasionally but getting better. My output is all liquid. I'm trying to eat pasta, rice, potatoes, bananas, and peanut butter and those things will bulk it up a little but not much. Does anyone have any suggestions for things that worked for you? 

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Thu Apr 01, 2021 1:42 am

Try oatmeal it really bulks it up....bananas work too.  Good luck!

 

 

Thu Apr 01, 2021 2:33 am

Hi newbie08,

  In general fiber thickens stool, but why is your output mostly liquid? Are you drinking a lot, or is there inflammation causing diarrhea? Was any of your small bowel removed? Why your output is liquid will determine how to best make it more solid.

Regards,

Bob

Thu Apr 01, 2021 4:48 am
w30bob wrote:

Hi newbie08,

  In general fiber thickens stool, but why is your output mostly liquid? Are you drinking a lot, or is there inflammation causing diarrhea? Was any of your small bowel removed? Why your output is liquid will determine how to best make it more solid.

Regards,

Bob


I'm trying to drink a lot because I wasn't eating or drinking very much at first because I was leaking so much and wasn't hungry/thristy. I was on the verge of being dehydrated and lost 17lbs in 2 weeks. So I started eating/drinking again to feel better. I literally missed one meal yesterday. I didn't eat dinner because my bag leaked twice and therefore I didn't have any "food" to digest. So it's been pure liquid acid. They didn't remove any small intestine, just colon. 

Thu Apr 01, 2021 8:22 am

Hi Newbie i think maybe its early on after sugery and your output is going to be watery but it also depends on what your drinking and how you drink, i,m a sipper i keep a glass of water handy and sip on it all day but i also drink other fluids, milk, powdered gatorade that i mix to my taste, coffee, green tea with honey.    

Thu Apr 01, 2021 12:10 pm

I have always wondered why my output is bulky, thick liquidy.  some thing like dark mashed potatoes. ( what a visual huh?)

I thought it was suppose to be liquid  cause you got no colon(large intestine)  to do the bulking up...and felt maybe something is wrong. hmm  yes if you're a new osty, as I was back in 2016, oh the leaks and liguids.  disgusting.  it may take time for your body to adjust.. but I am content seeing bulk. I eat like im seven yrs old tho. anything and everything.  marshmellows  a good thing. sugar not too good.   but if I drink alot,  oh it rains..  like niagra falls. be patient.  there is direct equation.   water input = watery output.  no question about it.  

Axl
Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:50 am

Hi newbie

I'm with Ron, I think it's too early to be analysing your output, your innards are still in shock from what they have been through. I reckon it took three months before things began to calm down with me.

Axl

Fri Apr 02, 2021 10:02 pm

Hi Newbie08, I agree wholeheartedly with Bob. I too have a more liquidy output and I do find that fiber bars and also crackers help somewhat. My output is watery because I do not have much small intestine left from so much surgery. For some crazy reason pizza thickens my stool but I won't complain about eating pizza. Mike

Wed Apr 07, 2021 4:05 pm

Hi, Newbie~

As it has been only three weeks since your ileostomy, it's not surprising that your output is so liquidy, right now:  it will take some time for your small intestine to adjust to its new job of absorbing more fluids than it had before your surgery.  After all, that was the colon's job, and it's now gone.  Give it time, though.

I'll pass on advice from my surgeon post-surgery, as well:  sip your fluids, as gulped liquids will go almost right through to your appliance (pouch), and your small colon won't have a chance to absorb.  Chew your solid foods to an almost paste-like consistency to help the body asborb nutrients and prevent blockages in your small colon.

Personal experience as an ileostomate of over 3 years tells me to sip plenty of fluids between bites of solid food, especially with processed, low-fiber carbs (cake, cookies, pastries) and sticky or paste-like items (dried fruits, marshmallows, nut butters, Nutella, etc.).

If there are no other underlying issues, you will see improvement in your body's absorption of fluids & nutrients.  Again, just give it time and pay attention to how your body responds to what you eat.  Slowly introduce new food items until you understand how your GI tract reacts.

And check in with us and let us know how you're doing!  : )

Be Well!

Lily17~

Thu Dec 30, 2021 10:12 am


Newbie08 wrote:

w30bob wrote:

Hi newbie08,

  In general fiber thickens stool, but why is your output mostly liquid? Are you drinking a lot, or is there inflammation causing diarrhea? Was any of your small bowel removed? Why your output is liquid will determine how to best make it more solid.

Regards,

Bob


I'm trying to drink a lot because I wasn't eating or drinking very much at first because I was leaking so much and wasn't hungry/thristy. I was on the verge of being dehydrated and lost 17lbs in 2 weeks. So I started eating/drinking again to feel better. I literally missed one meal yesterday. I didn't eat dinner because my bag leaked twice and therefore I didn't have any "food" to digest. So it's been pure liquid acid. They didn't remove any small intestine, just colon. 

Keep clear of fresh orange or any other juices & gassy drinks like coke etc bananas are good to bulk & porridge oats etc also good is Imodium it will slow things down & harden your stools by extracting the water out of intestines etc another good tip is eat jelly babies & marshmallows!!! Hope this helps? 
Adam

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