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Fri Nov 05, 2021 8:52 pm
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I have had my colostomy for a little over a month and what foods are safe to eat and what ones can cause problems?

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Sat Nov 06, 2021 9:26 am

Hi 4dogs i would say whatever you were able to eat previously that didnt cause you problems, but to be on the safe side maybe try small amounts at a time and chew the foods really well.

Sat Nov 06, 2021 10:22 am


ron in mich wrote:

Hi 4dogs i would say whatever you were able to eat previously that didnt cause you problems, but to be on the safe side maybe try small amounts at a time and chew the foods really well.

I am afraid to eat salads and raw vegetables because I am afraid my stoma will get blocked.

Sat Nov 06, 2021 4:33 pm

Hi 4Dogs,  As long as you have given yourself time to heal, a little over a month is probably sufficient, you should be able to eat anything.  When I had my colostomy, I had no problems with anything, raw vegetables, high fibre foods, etc.  If you are worried, just try small amounts at first until you know you're safe.  Enjoy!

 

Terry

Sat Nov 06, 2021 6:34 pm

What foods are safe to eat and what ones can cause problems?

 

Hi 4,

  The safe ones are the ones that come out.......the ones that cause problems are the ones that don't!  Ok, just being a wise-ass!  If your bowels are disease and trouble free then you can eat anything you want.  Just be smart about it and start small.  With both portions and pieces.  Chew everything well until you determine you don't have to.  If there's no other issues with your bowels, such as stricutures, adhesions, twisting, fistulae, inflammation........then there's no reason to not eat anything.  If you have other issues then you should first start by asking your Gastro what they recommend.  But regardless......chew well and just take it easy in the beginning.  If something does give you trouble.......it'll be a minor obstruction, not a full blown shut-down, then you need to find out why.  Just having a colostomy doesn't require modifying your diet to prevent a blockage........unless something else would cause it.  Now go swallow some hard boiled eggs whole.........NO, just kidding again!!!!   Don't do that!!  CHEW CHEW CHEW!  

;0)

Sat Nov 06, 2021 8:35 pm


delgrl525 wrote:

Hi 4Dogs,  As long as you have given yourself time to heal, a little over a month is probably sufficient, you should be able to eat anything.  When I had my colostomy, I had no problems with anything, raw vegetables, high fibre foods, etc.  If you are worried, just try small amounts at first until you know you're safe.  Enjoy!

 

Terry

Thank you I will try that. I have had it now for a little over a month.

Sat Nov 06, 2021 10:26 pm

I've had my colostomy since March. I haven't found anything I can't eat but there's things I avoid or eat very little of. For me, 1) corn/popcorn 2) nuts/seeds 3) the 'skin' on things like potato skin, jalapeño skin, pickle skin,etc. I can eat any of it but you'll see what doesn't digest well in your output so avoid a lot of any of that. I've had no issues with salad, vegetables. 

Sun Nov 07, 2021 8:01 am


AlexT wrote:

I've had my colostomy since March. I haven't found anything I can't eat but there's things I avoid or eat very little of. For me, 1) corn/popcorn 2) nuts/seeds 3) the 'skin' on things like potato skin, jalapeño skin, pickle skin,etc. I can eat any of it but you'll see what doesn't digest well in your output so avoid a lot of any of that. I've had no issues with salad, vegetables. 

Thank you I appreciate all the help I  can get. I don't want to get a blockage and end up back kn the hospital.

Could you recomend  a company for supplies that has good prices .

Sun Nov 07, 2021 10:50 am

Can't help you there, my insurance pays for everything so I'm pretty clueless on prices. I just tell my wound/ostomy nurse what I need/want and she orders it through a local pharmacy here. 

Azdancer
Nurse
Mon Nov 08, 2021 6:55 pm

Be careful the first 4 to 6 weeks chew your food very, very good, after that you should be able to eat whatever you want. The reason I say 4 to 6 weeks is because it takes several weeks for everything to heal up properly inside and around your stoma. I took stool softeners the first year or so because I was afraid of getting a blockage but now I take no softeners at all and my stool is soft and formed and much easier to drop from the appliance. I also clean my bag out after each elimination with water, slosh it around in the bag and then let it fall into the toilet. It cleans off your stoma and your bag so there is no odor. I used the bags with the filters for the first year or so but I have stopped using those and there is even less odor and the stool drops out much easier. Everyone does it a little different. You'll develop your own way and will get new ideas along the way. 


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RN, BHA
Wed Nov 10, 2021 9:37 pm

4Dogs you have some very good advice here and may I add that you should live life as you would normally have done. The only way to know for sure is to eat anything and everything you want starting in small amounts and increasing as time goes on. The golden rule to follow is Chew , chew chew. Never fall into a paranoia state. You have many things to look forward to. Mike

Mon Nov 15, 2021 4:10 pm

I have found that any kind of roughage..like lettuce, raw veggies, corn. Also pasta sauce used to bother me. Everyone is different tho

Sun Nov 21, 2021 8:00 am

I had been REALLY hungry one time this past January. Went to Outback Steakhouse and got the beer battered mushroom appetizer. Well those mushrooms were BIG and my dumbass went and ate like 15-20 of them. I never even thought about Stella (my stoma).

So about three hours later..I am nauseous, sweating profusely, and.vomited for four hours straight. Even my Promethazine (anti nausea pill) wouldn't help. Not to mention horrific stomach pain.

Had to go to the ER and got admitted with a full blown obstruction. Had to have one if those suckage pumps down into my tummy. Not fun. Thank God  it passed with meds and that stomach thing. Otherwise surgery would have happened.

Everyone is different but generally you gotta be careful with raw vegetables and roughage stuff. And anything big (like Outback mushrooms) you gotta chew down real good or avoid altogether. Basically be smart. Know that veggies especially dont break down well.

Mon Nov 22, 2021 4:48 pm


tiff041 wrote:

I had been REALLY hungry one time this past January. Went to Outback Steakhouse and got the beer battered mushroom appetizer. Well those mushrooms were BIG and my dumbass went and ate like 15-20 of them. I never even thought about Stella (my stoma).

So about three hours later..I am nauseous, sweating profusely, and.vomited for four hours straight. Even my Promethazine (anti nausea pill) wouldn't help. Not to mention horrific stomach pain.

Had to go to the ER and got admitted with a full blown obstruction. Had to have one if those suckage pumps down into my tummy. Not fun. Thank God  it passed with meds and that stomach thing. Otherwise surgery would have happened.

Everyone is different but generally you gotta be careful with raw vegetables and roughage stuff. And anything big (like Outback mushrooms) you gotta chew down real good or avoid altogether. Basically be smart. Know that veggies especially dont break down well.

Hi Tiff,  That sounds like a horrible experience!  I've been hospitalized with blockages numerous times, so I feel for you!  You don't say, but just wondering if you have an ileo or a colostomy? I've had blockages with both (had a colostomy to start but now have an ileostomy) but the blockage with the ileo was much more painful.  I do eat mushrooms, but always chew really well.

Some of our lessons are learned the hard way, aren't they?!

Terry

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