Hi Folks, I've been off the site for several months and it's been a good break for me. I've checked in from time to time and I'm glad to see all the regulars still posting and also to see new members coming on.
I've made a discovery that I think is worth sharing. It sure took me by surprise. After my ileostomy surgery, six months ago, I continued to have problems with inadequate and slow output, basically the same constipation I had dealt with most of my life. The hospital and ostomy nurses suggested fruit juice, and a concoction of water, sugar, and a little salt that I would drink throughout the day. It solved my output problems, but it made me feel really crappy, tired, irritable, trouble sleeping and then I started gaining weight. I talked to my doctor and with his blessing decided to go off the sugar and just resign myself to the same old PEG laxative I had been taking for decades. He sent me for blood tests as he said excess sugar can cause problems. It turns out my liver enzymes were quite elevated. My GGT was twice the "high normal" number and my bilirubin was also elevated. All from sugar! I was shocked. It turns out that sugar in our diets is the main cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. I had no idea. I was sent for an ultrasound and thankfully my liver is normal, so I stopped the sugar before any real damage was done. So, the bottom line is that sugar really is as bad as they say it is, no exaggeration. Now, I just need to work on my sweet tooth. Hopefully, I can still get away with a little dark chocolate!
The really amazing part of this is that I am now having regular bowel function without sugar and without any laxative either. When I stopped the sugar, things just kept working, and I never did take any laxative. I was gobsmacked. It's been well over a month now. The only other change I have made is a supplement I started taking that is supposed to be a pre, pro, and post-biotic. I don't know if that is what has made the difference. It's been suggested that it just took a while for my body to adjust after my surgery. Whatever it is, I am thankful. Now, with my ileostomy, my quality of life has improved 100%. I never would have thought that possible 18 months ago after my perforated bowel and emergency colostomy! So, things do get better!