Managing Constipation with an Ostomy and Cerebral Palsy: Tips and Advice

Apr 09, 2024 1:09 am

Hi all, newbie here. I've had my ostomy since June of 2023. Lately, I've been dealing with constipation. What do y'all do/eat to get rid of constipation? I also have cerebral palsy.

Apr 09, 2024 1:24 am

Welcome, Jen. You are in the right place. Not only for ostomy advice but also some members, if I recall correctly, also have CP or something related. Forgive my ignorance of that subject.

Sit tight. Help is on the way.

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Apr 09, 2024 1:51 am

Coca-Cola or grape juice, but beware of gas ballooning with the Coke.

Apr 09, 2024 2:11 am

Hi Jen, what type of ostomy do you have? Reason for ostomy?

Apr 09, 2024 2:54 am

Generally, constipation is treated by following the basics of good intestinal health:

• A high fiber diet

• Twenty-five to thirty-five grams of fiber is the recommended daily amount of dietary fiber. A diet rich in whole grain breads, cereals, and fiber bars, in addition to fresh fruits and vegetables, often will improve bowel habits by adding bulk to the stool.

• Proper daily fluid intake • Drinking six to eight glasses of water per day helps relieve constipation by preventing stool from being hard, which makes it easier to pass stool through the colon.

• Regular physical activity and exercise • Lastly, regular exercise, which can be as simple as taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes per day, will likely improve bowel movements.

There are many different over-the-counter laxatives available.

• The way in which laxatives work varies by laxative type, but they can be very effective for fast relief of constipation.

• Although it may be necessary to take laxatives on a regular basis, you should only do so after consultation with your medical provider.

If you are more inclined to really understand constipation:

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Mysterious Mose
Apr 09, 2024 3:23 pm

It would help a lot to know which type of ostomy you have. What is good for a colostomy may not be good for an ileostomy and vice versa. For instance, many ileostomates have to be careful with diets high in insoluble fiber.

Morning glory
Apr 09, 2024 3:25 pm

Try coffee, prune juice, grape juice, or even pickle juice for fast results.

Apr 09, 2024 4:28 pm
Reply to CrappyColon

I have a colostomy, and I had a bowel obstruction (it was an emergency surgery).

May 15, 2024 8:18 pm

Had a blockage yesterday due to Tylenol 3. Drank 2 pots of black tea and immediately the blockage was resolved. My next plan was going to be a bottle of fizzy wine. Wine for breakfast is not my first choice, but it works when nothing else does.

Mysterious Mose
May 16, 2024 6:29 pm
Reply to funnygurl

Tea is good for a blockage. So is apple juice. It was that and a 3-mile walk that resolved my one and only blockage. Unfortunately, it was on Mother's Day. Had to postpone the filet mignons I was going to grill. :-(