Hi Ashton, Are you seeing any improvement yet? It does seem like a long time without much output and if you are also experiencing discomfort (pressure), I'm wondering if you are not experiencing the same disfunction of your bowel that you had prior to surgery. You and I have such a similar history, and it wasn't until after my colostomy, when the doctors realized that my colon was still not functioning the way it should, that it was recommended that I get an ileostomy. I'm wondering why your doctors thought your colon would function properly after a colostomy. Was the option of an ileostomy discussed at all? I think you should be talking to your ostomy nurse, or surgeon. The day I got my ileostomy was the first day in many years that I did not have to use any kind of laxative, and I still have not needed anything. I just have to drink lots of water, but being free of laxatives and having good normal output has been wonderful. Can you reach out to a nurse or doctor?