Hello: Had my ileostomy reversal in September. They removed about 32 cm of colon including rectum. Doing well in general. However, I take 7 tablets of Imodium a day and 1 tsp of Metamucil to deal with initial diarrhea and loose stool. I've been told by my surgeon's office that there isn't a problem in taking the Imodium indefinitely at that dosage. (The package for the pills says otherwise.) It's only been a couple of months but I can't seem to get any advice about how long I'll need to take the Imodium----or how long I'll be reliant on it.
I don't have any imposed restrictions now on diet. I am allowed anything. But I tried dairy recently and it went right through me. Ice cream I believe. I was on the toilet back and forth for several hours. So my surgeon's PA told me to forego any dairy "for the time being." I can't seem to get an answer on how long it "the time being"? Meaning, will I ever be able to enjoy cheese or ice cream or milk again? Before my diagnosis, I enjoyed all those things a lot.
Lastly, I do notice that I'm not really enjoying the taste of food so much. I have a definite apetite, meaning, I want desperately to eat and enjoy food, but it just seems really bland and not interesting. I used to really, really enjoy cooking and planning meals and savoring dishes. What's going on? I wish my surgeon's office were more forthcoming with information.
Anyway, I thought I'd give this a try---to see if any of you who have been so helpful in answering my questions during my initial diagnosis and temporary ileostomy. I thank you so much for that.