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HisWill
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   Posted 4/15/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I am fairly new with having my illeostomy (April 3). I started to advance my diet to small amount of chicken, twiced baked potatoe w/sour cream..and pasta with a very small amount of sauce. Well..last night my stoma was very noisey!! lol and a large amount of output which still hasnt slowed down. Does anyone know if eating certain foods too soon since surgery could be causing this? I am guessing that it may be too soon to eat solids. The doctor from the hospital that released me told me to stay on a low residue diet for 3 days after leaving the hospital. Then he said to advance to a diet including chicken, fish, turkey, but not red meat. I am wondering if dairy foods may also upset my stomach. Yesterday, I had the worse stomach ache and felt miserable all day long. I had an appt with my stoma nurse and she said my heart rate was high. She thought I was dehydrating. I am drinking a lot of water but she said that I needed to switch from water to gatorade which I did. Hopefully, I will feel better today. I would love to hear your thoughts on how long one needs to stay on the low residue diet. Thank you, HisWill

justjenjen
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   Posted 4/15/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I was not given any such instructions but I will say for a long time I had a LOT of output. Eventually it slowed down to a more tolerable amount. Just give yourself some time and KEEP HYDRATED!

summerstorm
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   Posted 4/15/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
none of those foods are things that are usually associated with high output, but it may just be because your body is getting used to a new food. I ate cheese ravoli three times a day the first week i was home from the hospital, it was all i wanted, lol.
bad pains can come usually from gas at first that is probably what you had, and it's really common to get really bad gas at first, my second week home, i tried some pizza (dumb move, lol) and i thought i was going to die from pain! i just laid there crying.
anyway, it is very easy to get dehydrated, and if you have a high output it's obviously going to happen faster, if you are tired of water, try juice.
the low residue is supposed to be for six weeks. And then after that you should put in a new food one at a time, a small amount.

flchurchlady
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   Posted 4/15/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
It's normal to have a lot of output in the first couple of weeks, so that's nothing to worry about. It's also okay to eat solid food. Just drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Do you have any Gas-X on hand? You might want to take a couple of them the next time your stomach hurts to see if the pain goes away. Hang in there, you're doing great! :-)

Cecilia
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praying4healing
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   Posted 4/15/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
dittoing everyone else, u can expect high output for a while, watery too. Just to let u know, i didnt have any gas at all after my surgery until i got home. That was the horrible stomach and back pain i was having. Chewable gas x was extremely helpful, and walking around as well. Congrats on ur recovery
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HisWill
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   Posted 4/19/2008 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone..thanks for all of your advice. I was wondering though..how much fluids are we supposed to drink to stay hydrated? I am drinking G2 now. It is a low calorie Gatorade. I drink a 20 oz bottle of that per day, plus about 6 - 10 oz glasses of water. If that is enough for a "normal" output, would I increase my fluids more than this for a larger amount of output? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks to all. HisWill

justjenjen
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   Posted 4/19/2008 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
That really is an "every body is different" kind of thing. It depends on the amount of output and how much fluid your body is absorbing. Some days I need much more to drink than others. I haven't figured out why some days I'm perpetually trying to play 'catch-up' with my fluids but it's just the way it goes. It's been over 2 years for me and I still have issues with it.

summerstorm
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   Posted 4/19/2008 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah it's pretty much diff with everyone, a good thing to know is if you don't pee for a while, or if your pee gets really dark, or if you start to feel dizzy or short of breath, those are signs that you may be dehydated. Drink lots of water if that happens, and if you dont' stop feeling dizzy, go to the er or dr, to get iv fluids, but usually when that happens to me, i can correct it with lots of fluids.
Also, if you are eating fresh fruits and veggies they have a lot of water in them, and will help keep you hydrated. It's also a good excuse to have a milkshake or icecream, that's just frozen milk, lol.
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