I'm Dehydrated (What Can I Drink?)

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august snow
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   Posted 12/20/2008 1:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been drinking alot of water lately, because my Dr. said I was dehydrated.  However, all this drinking of water is causing my bag to fill up too often with liquid stools. Does anyone know what I can drink to keep me hydrated (and tastes decent), and won't have me emptying my bag every 10 minutes?
 
Thanks!

Charlotte Gilman
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   Posted 12/20/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Plain water can be more harm than good; it washes the electrolytes right out of you if you're already in bad shape. I did well with Vitalyte:

http://www.vitalytestore.com/

Lots of electrolytes; low in sugar. You could also cut Gatorade with water if you can't get your hands on Vitalyte fast enough.

Some people say that eating stool-slowing foods helps; I never found that it did, but it may be worth a try. A couple of capsules of Imodium definitely did help me, though. There are harder-core medications too; I was lucky that I never needed them. Don't hesitate to go back to the doctor if nothing seems to be working; dehydration is dangerous.

peggy113
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   Posted 12/20/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Trying to slow your output will help with the hydration process immensely. Like Charlotte said, if eating the foods to slow output (ie rice, oatmeal, potatoes) doesn't help, try imodium... cutting gatorade is usually what I do, or Pediatlye (1/3 pediatlye 2/3 water - it's really sweet.)
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


suebear
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   Posted 12/20/2008 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Try eating more salty snacks too.
 
Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


flchurchlady
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   Posted 12/22/2008 2:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Bread, peanut butter, and bananas will slow the output, too. Put a little honey on top and it makes a yummy sandwich. :-)

There's an electrolyte infused water called Smart Water that you can buy in the water section of the grocery store. It's inexpensive, has no sugar in it, and tastes just like plain water. You can mix it with Crystal Light, if you want to add some flavor to it.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


peggy113
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   Posted 12/25/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
August Snow --- how are you doing?
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


august snow
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   Posted 12/26/2008 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey Peggy,

I've had a tough past couple of nights, I ate way too much of the wrong foods for Christmas Eve and Christmas dinners (I couldn't help myself the foods and desserts looked too good).  I've been drinking alot of Powerade and Grape Kool-Aid (it fills my bag quite a bit).  I think it's helped, I've had quite a bit more energy.  I'm actually going in for my reversal surgery on Tuesday.  I hope recovery from this one will be easier than the first surgery.  Thanks for asking about me, I'll let you know how my reversal surgery goes.  Hopefully I'll be in and out of the hospital quickly and successfully. 

 

vintageman
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   Posted 12/27/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Perhaps liquids in combination with certain foods will help ? Bananas as previously mentioned work very well to thicken up the output, as does regular eating of the active culture yogourts, Activia is a popular brand here in Canada. Whole wheat/grain breads, or heavy breads like sourdough are great too. Peanuts will thicken you up big time, just be careful you don't blow your pouch off, cause man they are thick goin through !  :) Drink lots of liquid with them, and chew em really well.
All this stuff is highly individual, so a lot is trial and error.
 
Interesting comment on water from Charlotte Gilman.....I've never heard thet before. Makes sense though...
 
Good luck with the reversal surgery.
 
MIke

finallyfree
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   Posted 12/27/2008 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   

August Snow,

I wish you the very best with your reversal; for the dehydration, you can drink coconut water, it's the best natural source of electrolytes you can get.  I usually get mine at Wegman's or any health food store; I have to dilute mine half and half w/ water due to what my system tolerates, but usually you can drink one container a day; I see a nutrionist, that's who got me started on drinking it, it's much better for you than the other drinks with sugars , etc.

Blessings and prayers for your surgery,

Judy


peggy113
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   Posted 12/30/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -6)   
finallyfree --- Coconut Water? Is that the same as coconut "milk" as it is sometimes labeled? I like coconut but stay away from eating it due to issues for me with hard to digest nuts - it is one of the worst for me. But, I am curious about the electrolytes issue and am always trying different drinks that are good for me. Tell me more about this product....
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Marsky
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   Posted 12/30/2008 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Back when I had my temp colostomy I was advised to drink white grape and apple juice, along with lemonade, water and iced tea.
Marsky/Mary's story.....
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!


finallyfree
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   Posted 12/30/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Peggy,

I see a kinesiologist who also specializes in nutrition; she teaches classes at a local university.  She advised me to drink the coconut water instead of gatorade and other 'sugar' drinks due to it being the best natural source of electrolytes available.  It is actual coconut water, not milk and it doesn't contain any 'pulp' as I am on a low residue/fiber diet.  I dilute one container half and half with water because I have a very sensitive intestinal system, but most people can drink one container a day or more if needed; it comes in containers like juice boxes-just a little bigger.  You may purchase it at Wegman's or most health food stores, you can ask at these stores their recommendations for the amount to drink or my husband will be seeing our kinesiologist tonight and I'll ask her recommendation, but it's usually individualized; I'll let you know.  I've never had any issues with dehydration and I've had up to 20+ bms a day so something is working smilewinkgrin .  Let me know if I can be of any more help.

Blessings, prayers, and peace,

Judy


peggy113
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   Posted 12/30/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -6)   

Judy,

Thanks for the info.  I too usually dilute my drinks with water.  I've been drinking cranberry/black cherry juice for the past couple of years and dilute it.  It's a good way to get lots of water... I like the flavor a lot.  We have a couple of health food stores here in our town.  We also have a couple of ethnic food stores.  I will have to keep my eye open for this coconut water and try it.

Any other hints up your sleeve?!  Always looking for new stuff to try...

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


finallyfree
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   Posted 12/30/2008 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Peggy,

I talked with my friend & she said anyone who has had a colectomy should only be drinking one diluted container daily.  She also has me drinking a half of a packet of Emergen C ... it's loaded with vitamin C and the B vitamins, but I can only drink half a day...you can get the best deal on this at Sam's Club or you can get it at a health food store or Wegman's...I also take a half oz of Sea Aloe...it's loaded with many vitamins and minerals...you can read about it on-line...that's where I order mine...I drink that because it absorbs better into my system especially since I frequently go to the bathroom and most things don't stay in my system too long.

I use several essential oils...but that's another story...I've gotten into a lot of natural healing and health things since my surgery...if you want to know more just let me know.

Blessings, prayers, and peace,

Judy


peggy113
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   Posted 12/30/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info Judy.  I visit the health food store at least once every other week to get juices and supplements for my DH (he has ALS).  I will look for the coconut water the next time I am there.  And I actually have some of the Emergen C - bought it just in case we started feeling like we were getting a cold - haven't used it yet this winter.

Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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