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Stoma Worries

Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:59 pm

Hi, I’m three years post op following a permanent colostomy in  December 2014..

Following my surgery I spent four weeks critically ill in ICU as I developed peritonitis and semticeamia ...

Recently I have felt the need to sit on the loo when I feel as though I need to open my bowels.I do pass whatever into my stoma but today I have passed a small amount from my bottom also.Im finding this quite worrying as I was led to believe that because my stoma is permanent I should NEVER pass anything from my bowel..

Does anyone have any advice to offer me PLEASE.


Thank you.


Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 2:37 pm

It's not uncommon to pass mucous from your "bottom", even though it's not connected to anything.  However, it sounds like you should set up an appointment with someone if you are concerned about it. I'm a little over a year post surgery, and ever since I pass mucous regularly.  I believe I still have some active disease in my dis-conneceted "bottom".  

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Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:08 pm

I agree with Sasquatch.  If your rectum is intact, it still produces mucus and it will feel like you have to poop.  As long as you're not in pain or discomfort, you should be fine.   But as he said, if you're concerned, get a checkup.



Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:34 pm

I m almost a year post surgery then 6 month of chemo. I too have feelings as if I am passing has or even the urge to poo from time to time. I was told by my surgery on this is normal. But as stated if it concerns you by all means do a follow up to ease your mind if nothing else. 

Good luk and best wishes. 


Posted: Wed Feb 21, 2018 3:48 pm

Laquetta( beautiful name), Very many thanks for responding to My query.I do hope that you are recovering well and that you are happy.

I may speak with my Doctor on Friday as I have an appointment to get her Okay for me to drive again having surrendered my licence 6 months ago due to problems with my hip..All good now thankfully..

I hear what you say Laquetta and again, my sincere thanks for your input..

Good Luck to you too and my sincere Best Wishes.




Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:46 am

Hello Sharde.  I agre with what has been said in your other replies. I still get anal discharge of mucus after many years and wear incontinence pads as a precaution.  The discharge used to be horrid, lumpy and smelly, which made me concerned that it looked like faeces. However,  anally irrigated (as I had been doing before) and over a period of about a year, the horrid stuff diminished and I was left with relatively clear mucus discharge, which I don't mind so much so I stopped irrigating and just put up with the 'inconvenience'.

Of course, it is helpful if you can discuss these matters with your stoma nurse or the doctors because they can reassure you that it is 'normal' or have you checked over again just to make sure and put your mind at rest. 

I hope all goes well for you

Best wishes


Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:39 am

Hello Bill,

very many sincere thanks for responding to my ‘out cry’ ref my bowel dilemma.

I am so grateful to you along with several other wonderful post op ‘ex patients’ who have been kind enough to respond to my worries.I am seeing my GP tomorrow ref my hip and my return to driving and so will be certain to mention this concern I have now with my bowel discharge.

I would like to thank you once again for such constructive advice Bill and also to wish you a great total recovery and to wish you the VERY BEST of everything for your future.

Yours, Sharon.👏🏻👍🏻🤗



Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:00 am

Dear Sasquatch,

Ref your very kind response along with others I’ve now received...THANK YOU so so much I truly appreciate your input.

I intend now to mention my concerns( worries) to my GP Paula at my weekly visit in the morning.She is very kind and very ‘ switched on’ when confronted with anything ‘ unusual’ which for me, this really is! 

I will certainly let you know the outcome and I’m sure all will be well.

You  take care of yourself and stay as well as is possible.

Thanks again for your kindness,

Sincere Regards,Sharon.👍🏻👏🏻🤗💩💩💩💩



Posted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:14 am

Hello NJ Bain!

Greetings from Cornwall,UK.

Thank you so much for taking the time ( as have several other wonderful ex patients), to respond to my queries, so very much appreciated.

I am seeing my Doctor early am tomorrow and I’m sure that she will be ‘ on the ball’ ref this as she knows my fears re ever needing further surgery in the future.I will let you know the outcome once I’ve seen her.

Meantime,NJ, I wish you all the very BEST in your future with a total recovery and ( Hopefully) Good Health from here on in.

Thanks again for your kindness

Best Wishes


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