Considering just going ahead with colostomy. I've been dealing with my condition since April and after multiple tests doctors finally said my bowels were paralyzed. I've went through multiple procedures and medications. I have now lost a total of 20lbs. I went to family doctor 2 weeks ago and found I had lost 6 lbs in a month. My friends and family are putting a lot of that blame on me for not eating the way I should, I try to explain how I feel but they just don't understand the battle I'm going through with my body. I am taking Linzess but only take it every 3-4 days bc when I take it everything I consume goes straight through me,but if I don't take it I don't have a movement until I do take it. I'm tired of having to depend on a pill for my body to function and tired of not being able to leave house when I take it in fear of having an accident. Please help and give me any insight you may have. Thanks!
You might have to Weeen yourself off that Linz whatever, give that a go before drastic
after reading your post couple times i see you kind of answered your own question the adjustment to a colostmy is a small challenge. but on this site there is a lot of support and people that will listen more then open the mouth when you need to vent. i had to choose from a reversal to staying with the bag, i chose to stay with my bag cause i still have hurshsprungs in my intestine the doctor was wanting to do the reversal and keep on pushing for it. i brought up the facts of what if my intestine dies again i get sick and then i still end up the way i am. or i go thru with what you want and take chance of not leaving the house cause i have no control of when i poop. i had my colostomy for 7 years at this time when i had other problem occure. one of the things you have to remebr its your body you do what you need to do the choice you make is done by no pressure and what is best for you
Hello Beth 1985.
have you tried taking anything natural to have a BM? Eating prunes helped my whole family, who were all having problems going regularly to the bathroom. I remember my mom would make like a sauce, with dry prunes in water boiling and then on the blender, and kept it in the fridge. One tablespoon a day was enough for everybody to be regular. I have never had that problem, but now that I have a colostomy, if my output is too hard, one prune would help a lot. And choosing to have the operation, if it would help you on your overall health, it’s worth it. I had my colostomy because of diverticulitis. The recovery was not easy, but once I found the proper system, life is almost back to normal. Think of you, and how you feel.
None the less, good luck to you! If you have any questions, just give me a shout! Vicki
Hi Beth, I have been struggling with bowel problems for a very long time. I have undergone several surgeries and other procedures to correct it. All of these have led me to become incontinent and I now have to wear depends. I have very little to no control of my bowels and suffer tremendous pain. I have elected for a colostomy hoping to get some sort of normalcy and control back in my life. I am finally scheduled to undergo surgery on the 16th and look forward to it. I have made this decision through much research and with advice from my medical care personnel, friends, family and this community. I have found a lot of great support and friendly, caring people here. I wish you well with whatever decision you make, but just know, you really have to do what suits you the best. Life is full of difficult decisions but there are many support groups when you can't find that support around you. Surround yourself with the support you need.