I have been a c5-c6 quadraplegic since 1978 and all these years have used Duculox suppositories to have a "predictive" bowel movement. Unfortunately, for the last year or so, my body has gotten "immune" to the laxative whereby that I have now what the doctors are stating as "lazy bowel syndrome". I no longer have predictive bowel movements, a mess here, a mess there, no fun. I have a family and work full-time and it is causing very high family stress on the wife and kids and my quality of life is not where I want it to be. I refrain from going anywhere, work included.
I am beginning the research to see if there are GI doctors that have had experiences with paralyzed patients with this syndrome, but no success yet.
If the research with GI doctors is not a success, I must consider a colostomy. I have no colon cancer, so I would be taking a healthy colon "offline" to a colostomy solution located on the ascending colon.
My question is: What is the quality of life with a colostomy? I would still have to have someone like my wife to care for the ostomy and change the bags as I have limited use of my hands. What are the pros (greater quality of life, etc) and cons (infections, messes, smell, sounds, expense, etc)?