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Wed Sep 29, 2021 2:07 am
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Hi is it normal to have lower abdominal discomfort I have had a ileostomy since March 2021 with a feeling of pressure and wanting to open my bowels via the anus?

Wed Sep 29, 2021 6:25 am

If it's discomfort it could be mucus which is very common passing it from your backside which can sometimes happen again. However if it's painful and not going away then I would advise you speak to your GP and would be worth getting in touch with your stoma nurse just for a check up. Let us know how you get on. Good luck xx

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Wed Sep 29, 2021 6:45 am


Caz67 wrote:

If it's discomfort it could be mucus which is very common passing it from your backside which can sometimes happen again. However if it's painful and not going away then I would advise you speak to...

Thankyou I haven't passed any mucus but I will go for a check up 🌞 I will let you know how it goes  I used to live in the UK 20 yrs ago I now live in New Zealand Take Care and Stay Safe 🤗

Wed Sep 29, 2021 7:35 am

Good glad you're getting advice. So jealous that you live there 🤣 lol bloody raining and cold here 😜 just for a change XX

Wed Sep 29, 2021 7:55 am

Hi Marian is your output the same as before the belly pain or is it less, and that is when i would seek medical care.  good luck

Wed Sep 29, 2021 8:13 am

Marian.... When I first had my ileostomy and anal resection (at the same time ) ,the surgeon also closed my inside abdominal cavity since I had a complete hysterectomy prior. This prevented what he called organ dropping . I had much pain in my lower gut for months to come . If your still passing your food normally,it could just be the healing process inside .,.but I'm one of those scared people and called my surgeon and visited the Ostomy clinic and reached out as you have . 
Better to check with your dr ..,but I had those pains your describing and after 2 years still get the feeling I need to poop normally even though I can't . It's a psycho thing I'm told . 
Good luck and feel better , Ritz

PS ...I'm not an assh*** anymore , I'm a bag lady. Welcome to the group

Wed Sep 29, 2021 9:17 am

Hello Marianmallon.

I am tempted to reply with the question: 'What's normal ? ' as not much about stomas and associated conditions seems to be 'normal'. However, Just to put the anal discomfort into some sort of perspective; I had it worst in the first couple of years. this was usually caused by mucus build-up and was relieved whe the mucus was expelled. Years later I still get a similar sensation - but now I believe it is probably due to an anal prolapse, which is what I suffered from before the stoma operation. Who knows what causes these things? and without a proper and thorough investigation by a competent medic, we are into the guessing game.  My own theory is that my guesses are often just as good as theirs'. Therefore, I try to avoid 'troubling' them with this sort of stuff until it becomes unbearable. Of course, then it can be too late(or that's what they tend to tell me!) 

The general concensus is usually to seek help if you can't fix it yourself. 

Best wishes

Bill  

Wed Sep 29, 2021 1:04 pm

I never knew until I found this site that the rectum produces mucus to help with bowel movement. Even after an ostomey  if you have a stump left it still produces mucus. If it builds up and gets hard it will cause pain. I had a build up and when I finally passed it is just clear mucus now.

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