Post Edited (2b ColonFree) : 4/23/2009 1:17:31 AM (GMT-6)
Thanks for your suggestions!
Peggy, I would take one at night, and sometimes I do if I don't take them during the day....I've been trying every combination! When I said 2 or 3, I meant one at each meal, not 2 or 3 at a time....the most I've taken in one day is 3 total. The problem is that if I take them during the day, I don't go much at all and I feell like I need to go. Then I finally go alot at night. Does that make sense? It just seems like taking the lomotil slows things down, but it still needs to come out, doesn't it? When I go, it's such small amounts at a time, so that's why I go so many times. I've even cut the tablets in two, but they're so small that's difficult!
I see my surgeon next Tuesday. I will definitely ask him about the tests. If I take fiber (which makes going much more uncomfortable) I do have some formed stools, but only very tiny, or very skinny (sorry to be so graphic). I think part of the problem is that I just don't know what to expect anything to look like!! All I know is that I'm jealous of those who go 8-10 times a day. I wonder if they go alot more each time? Running all day long gets pretty weary...not to mention I'm tied to the house! Hope you're feeling better, too. No news from your Dr. yet??
Post Edited (2b ColonFree) : 4/23/2009 2:32:03 PM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (2b ColonFree) : 4/24/2009 3:26:41 AM (GMT-6)
Janie sorry to hear about the problems with being tied to the house. Has it changed since surgery as i remember you said you were going out and about etc.?
I think Hodaya has a point, but i think alchohol does cause looseness - when i drink straight juice it all becomes watery. Also i think i will be going just a little a lot as i only empty my bag about 5 or 6 times a day and it is usually only half full plus air.
I suppose i am 'lucky' in as much as i can roughly see what causes it to become watery. Fish does, yet spinich takes ages to come through. I think my transit is roughly 3 hours. itsi s weird trying to get used to it. I am also a bit worried about having it reversed but whatever happens happens.
You have probably done it, but have you increased your low residue carbs? When i eat bread, rice, spaghetti and haribo sweets it makes it a lot thicker and harder to push out of the bag! I suppose you have tried increasing carbs though. its early days for us both i know.
Hodaya go for it - i would much rather have this bag than what i was going through before. I do wish you well my dear.
Hi Mary and Karen and Hodaya,
Thanks for responding. Yes, I still go out of the house, but only in the mornings before I eat. I just got back from having my hair colored, and it's 2:30. I didn't eat before I went out, so I got home and had a turkey sandwich, which is still there!! I took 1/2 lomotil at 9:30 this morning, hoping it would keep me from having to go, but hopefully won't stay with me all evening.
OK--so yesterday I didn't eat breakfast, and I took a lomotil at 1:00. I went out to lunch for the first time since surgery (only 5 minutes from my house) and when we got home, I went once just a little. I only ate a little rice for dinner, because I wasn't very hungry, and around 7:00, I went about 3 times over the next hour...very little. Then I felt awful--like I needed to go and it was stuck in my rectum. I probably ran to the bathroom 8 times from 8-midnight,and a little came out each time. Then at 1:00am, 3:00 am and 5:00am, I had loose stools again, and quite a bit each time. It seems the lomotil just puts off the inevitable! That's why I only took 1/2 of one today, and took it early this morning. We'll see how tonight goes!
I am eating lots of rice, potatoes, white bread and cream of wheat works well. I seem to be able to tolerate turkey sandwiches, so I usually have that for lunch. I'm trying to do the low residue as much as I can. Like with the wine, if I cheat, I can really tell!
Mary, I'm so sorry you didn't have your current Dr. 10 years ago. As much as I hate surgery, if things change and you get better medical coverage, maybe the new surgery is still a possibility? Do you, or have you ever, taken any medication to slow things down? I really dread thinking this low residue diet might be my life...going out to dinner was always a big thing for my husband and me, and this has really cramped our style a little. I knew to expect this for several months, maybe even a year, but I will be really sad to think my old lifestyle is really gone forever.
Yep, alcohol definitely causes looseness!!!! That's good to remember if we ever get stopped up, though.
When are you having your reversal? I hope you don't have any problems afterwards. I'm not really having any major problems, just major inconveniences, that's all. I told myself I wouldn't freak out about anything like running to the bathroom, etc. until it had been 6 months and I wasn't any better, but when you're stuck home most of the time, 5 weeks can seem like 6 months!
Even though I'm having some issues, don't let that scare you. I'm not having any big problems, surgery went well and I have recovered amazingly well. The poop thing will work itself out, I'm sure. THIS is still so much better than being constipated all the time. So yes, call your doctor and get started. You can't live like you are forever. I'm hoping I won't need a bag ever, and I haven't had one to see how difficult it would be, but honestly, constipation was the worst thing I can imagine. A bag might not be great, but I'm willing to bet it would be better than the way most of us were before!
Thank you all for your suggestions...hope everyone is having a good day!
Post Edited (Marsky) : 4/25/2009 9:03:01 AM (GMT-6)