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Tue Jun 28, 2022 3:09 pm
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My colostomy is 8days old! 
i Keep getting a lot of pressure in my stomach & Mona (stoma name) is very very windy! I am taking 3 laxido drinks a day as I suffer from slow transit?? Just wondering if anyone else has had this?

The only thing mona has produced is yellow liquid even though I have started adding some carbs back into my diet!

Tue Jun 28, 2022 3:41 pm

You have liquidy output and you are taking a laxative? I’m by no means an expert but it sounds like your system is all cleaned out and all you’re doing is keeping your system basically empty by pumping laxatives into yourself daily. 

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Tue Jun 28, 2022 3:49 pm


AlexT wrote:

You have liquidy output and you are taking a laxative? I’m by no means an expert but it sounds like your system is all cleaned out and all you’re doing is keeping your system basically empty by...

No no no I don’t mean like a full on bag of liquid I mean I have eaten normally for the past 2 days and all I have past is about 2 tbsp of yellow liquid 

Tue Jun 28, 2022 4:03 pm

Oh, that makes a difference. I can go nearly 2 days without any output sometimes. I just hate seeing people take a bunch of medicine if it’s really not needed. Your ostomy is so knew and healing, I’d hate to see you taking stuff if it’s just your system healing and no real issue.  


Tue Jun 28, 2022 4:16 pm


AlexT wrote:

Oh, that makes a difference. I can go nearly 2 days without any output sometimes. I just hate seeing people take a bunch of medicine if it’s really not needed. Your ostomy is so knew and healing,...

Oh no I wouldn’t take it for the sake of it! Iv taken laxatives for the last 3 years due too colonic dysmortality, my surgeon and colorectal doc to put me on the laxido as they don’t want my colon coming totally off everything as it’s so highly dependent. Since having the colostomy 8 days ago I haven’t once filled a bag past a quarter but obviously now I’m eating more regular and I’m getting pressure in my stoma it’s a bit daunting 

Tue Jun 28, 2022 6:10 pm

Hello Ashtonleiigh,  I also have a Colostomy from rectal cancer. I experienced decreased output as you until I talked with several in my support group. Everyone there highly recommended building my gastric flora back up. The suggestion was eating  Sauerkraut( fermented Cabbage) with Spinach salad every evening in the dinner meal. Do this for 3-4 months regularly the ocassionaly. This will feed your probiotics in your intestines and help you digestive output. I also highly recommend drinking at least 3-4 glasses per day. You really need to sip on the water throughout the day. If you drink a full glass all at once you will flush out your intestine leading to decreased absorption of nutrients. Choice is yours but this works very well for me. 

If you do need a laxative I recommend miralax but I have not needed that once I started my fermented cabbage and or water treatment.

Best of luck.

do


Tue Jun 28, 2022 8:26 pm

I'm no Doctor myself but walking does wonders to get things moving 

Wed Jun 29, 2022 4:17 pm

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? 

Terry


Wed Jun 29, 2022 4:21 pm


delgrl525 wrote:

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 ...

Hello sorry just seen this reply what a day! My stoma has been functioning properly today! Nine days post op and it’s finally producing genuine output! The stoma nurse and surgeon still want me too take 3 laxido drinks a day, if I start with blockages and constipation from the stoma that’s when the ileostomy is required they just wanted to give it a go first with the colostomy to try save having any of my bowel removed with me only been 24 x 

Wed Jun 29, 2022 4:37 pm


Anonymous wrote:

Hello sorry just seen this reply what a day! My stoma has been functioning properly today! Nine days post op and it’s finally producing genuine output! The stoma nurse and surgeon still want me t...

Oh, that is such good news!!  And it sounds like your doctors are on it, excellent!

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