Now with my descending permanent colostomy I irrigate daily and get rid of everything in the AM right after breakfast.Â Â Usually no problems the rest of the day...with exceptions that is...sure am glad my doc recommended it and my WOCN showed me how to do it.Â Â
I have not tried irrigating as it has worked for Pinky, but Imodium is a "staple" to my everyday life.
I would think it would depend on why you had your Ostomy in the first place.
Irrigation will not work for me due to the severity of my Crohn's disease and the fact even after my colostomy I still have active disease.
So irrigation sounds like a dream to me.... but will stay just that
Hope if you try it, it works for you
I use the Coloplast irrigating system because I like the thermometer on the bag to tell you the temp of the water and a little waterwheel to show you how fast the water is entering your body.Â Â (When you first irrigating you want the water to enter slowly or you might get nauseated.) You just need to get the Convatec irrigation sleeves that go with your size flange.
I use Hollister products and get the Hollister sleeves that fit my 1 and 1/4 inch flange.Â Â I can't recomment their irrigation bad though - it's too small and there's no regulating the water flow.Â Â I'm sorry I can't comment on the Convatec irrigating system - I haven't seen it, but I do know a 75 year woman who uses it!
There is a thread on the UOAA website about irrigating that can give you lots more info as well.Â Â
Irrigating has made all the difference for me.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
I have come to the point in my life and my Crohn's...it is what it is... and I am thankful for coming to peace with my "regularity"
No unfortunately, I take immodium before anything substantial I eat and extra if i'm just having more output than usual.
If immodium causes you to bloat, then I would back down on the amount, because you don't have IBD, you could probably use less than Mooza or me
See how you do with the one in the morning....
Fiber is a no no for me as it actually creates more output....
Hope all goes well for you
Most ileostomates I know are not "regular". The stool may thicken and seem normal from time to time but there is no real way to be regular with a standard Ileostomy.