Post-Colostomy Constipation Issues: Seeking Advice

Oct 14, 2023 11:27 pm

I am 3 months post-colostomy surgery and having constipation issues. I've taken Miralax for 4 days with minimal relief. I'm drinking lots of fluids but feel bloated. Any advice?

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Oct 15, 2023 3:34 am

Check with your stoma nurse or doctor. It could be a blockage.

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Oct 15, 2023 3:50 am

At 3 months, you're still healing. Like Iggy advised, see your doctor or stoma nurse. Don't wait too long. Blockages can become very painful.

Oct 15, 2023 3:11 pm

My advice... get ready for a bunch of output once it starts coming out. As long as you're getting some output, you're not fully blocked. Keep pushing fluids.

Mysterious Mose
Oct 15, 2023 3:54 pm

Same as Iggy, Beachboy, and Alex. Drink lots of fluids. However, do not hesitate to call your surgeon or ostomy nurse, especially if you are getting no output. Usually, things will open up in time, but talking to your medical support team can help determine whether or not it is something to worry about. It can also help put your mind at ease, which is very important after this major change in your life. You have come to the right place for moral support and advice on living with an ostomy. However, medical issues should always be followed up with your surgeon or doctor. :-)


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Oct 15, 2023 4:22 pm

I can go 2 days... nothing. Then in one hour, I have to empty the bag 3 times. Like AlexT says... get ready.

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Oct 15, 2023 7:06 pm
Reply to Mysterious Mose

Thank you so much for your encouragement. That helps a lot.

Oct 16, 2023 12:59 pm

My husband has had the same issues off and on through the years. His doctor recently suggested eating kiwi, and that has been helpful.