Five years ago, I had a colostomy because my rectum had been damaged by radiation treatment for rectal cancer: the sphincters would not close, blood and poop came out uncontrollably. I was happy to have my rectum disconnected from my digestive system. I continue to lose blood and mucus from my rectum on a daily basis, but I can manage this by wearing a pantyliner in my underpants. (I also take a daily iron pill.)
Then two weeks ago, I started to have a smelly, brown discharge which poured out of my rectum for two days before it stopped. Today, my colostomy surgeon did a sigmoidoscopy to see if there was any leakage from the colostomy. Fortunately, it is okay. He said the smelly, brown discharge was from poop coming out of my rectum and that I still have some poop up there--five years after the colostomy. He said it was nothing to worry about.
I wanted to share this with the group because I had been very worried when it happened to me. Now I know this kind of thing is not that unusual and didn't mean there was leakage from my colostomy.