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finallyfree
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   Posted 6/6/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm in desperate need of some ideas of foods that will bulk up the stool.  I had a subtotal last July the was textbook perfect.  My dr left 2 inches of my colon.  I suffer from chronic kidney stones and had to have some removed this spring through blasting; that removed some of them so my urologist wanted to remove the rest through an incision in my back and leave a nephroscopy tube in for healing for about a week.  To make a long story short, he over medicated me with antibiotics and I ended up with the c diff infection.  He called up & waanted me to come there right away & have the rest of my colon removed and get a permanent bag.  We told him no & drove 3 hours to my GI & surgeon who did testing and found the c diff.   I was hospitalized in isolation for 5 days.
 
I finished my first antibiotic and the c diff started back in full force the very next day along with an infection in my kidney with the tube.  I'm on two different antibiotics that don't cross over each other, ones for the intestine  & ones for the urinary tract, 2 probiotics, potassium, and 3 super yogurts a day as well as taking a half of an immodium before I eat anything.
 
What I need is some help with foods, everything I eat goes right through me within 5-15 min.  I'm eating bland, low residue foods but nothing seems to help.  I lost 7 pounds in the hospital and another 5 pounds this week which hasn't been a bad thing but I can't really afford to lose too much more weight.
 
If you have any suggestions I'd really appreciate them.
 
Thanks,
Judy
 
 
Judy
 
spleen/appendix/gall bladder  removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
 
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
 
There's always hope and things will get better :)


2 RIS K
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   Posted 6/6/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried peanut butter?? That always works for me. Oh and oatmeal!!
Amanda
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - March 13, 2007
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Temporary Ileostomy due to small bowell perforation Septepmber 29, 2008
Ileostomy Reversal - December 15, 2008
Multiple Small Bowel Abscesses-December 22, 2008
Leak at original Anastamosis -December 25, 2008
JP Drain removed - January 23, 2009
Still adjusting to life without my large intestine...
Surgery for kink in small intestine - Monday, June 8, 2009 
 
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2b ColonFree
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   Posted 6/6/2009 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
yeah!! i've heard peanut butter is great? i love it, but it constipates me real bad. i guess post op i'll be able to celecbrate with as much peanut butter as i want lol!

but how about lomotil/metamucil (sp?)

hope you feel better soon!
Hodaya
 
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure 
colonic inertia w/ pelvic floor dysfunction


flchurchlady
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   Posted 6/6/2009 4:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy,
I'm sorry to hear all you've been through. My GI said that it's okay to take up to 8 Imodium per day, so I usually have 2 before each meal.
 
Some bulking foods are potatoes, bread, rice, bananas, and peanut butter. You can also drink Metamucil.
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


Janiepain
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   Posted 6/6/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy,
I just started taking 1 teaspoon full (not tablespoon) of metamucil every evening. I was having 15-20 bms after almost 3 months, but the nurse in my doctor's office suggested I start with just a very small amount (too much constipates me!) and it works great. Most mornings I have a really really good BM...soft but not runny at all. I only have about 4 more throughout the day. A couple times I've even added another teaspoon in the morning, and that hasn't bothered me either. Start with a very small amount once a day and see if that works. It totally changed my life....last weekend I went out of town to a baseball game, was able to eat, and it was great. Friday I had to fly to VA from FL to a funeral, and I did fine all weekend. I couldn't have gone 3 weeks ago!!

good luck, let me know if this works!
Janie

Marsky
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   Posted 6/6/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   
You could try:

- instant mashed potatoes (instead of from scratch potatoes, don't ask me why instant works better, it just does for me!)
- applesauce
- bananas
- white rice
- chicken pot pies
- Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux cookies (again, don't ask me why but these cookies are good for adding bulk, they come in the tall bags, about 12 to a bag)
- Bay's plain english muffins (found in the chilled section near cream cheese)
- monterey jack cheese with club crackers
- club crackers just by themselves!
- marshmallows and/or rice krispie treats
- cottage cheese
- plain white bakery bread

Also, Caltrate chewable calcium pills with Vitamin D. Avoid the ones with magnesium, mag seems to irritate people having trouble with D.

You will notice that most of the foods listed above are white in color. My husband jokes I'm on a white diet. But it is true, most of my go-to foods are white!

Hope you find relief soon!

Mary
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!

Post Edited (Marsky) : 6/6/2009 6:31:39 PM (GMT-6)


suebear
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   Posted 6/6/2009 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   

Well I think  you will find that bulking foods are different for everyone.  Have you tried lomotil or imodium to slow your transit time down?  Have you tried taking metamucil?  If so mix it with only 1/2 cup of water, do not make it to directions on the can.  Foods that slow things down for me are tortilla chips and popcorn.  In fact anything with corn brings my digestion to a screeching halt.  Things that make things move quicker are anything with sugar in it including fresh fruit.  It's trial and error.  Keep a food log and measure your transit time to get an idea of what works for you.

 

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


finallyfree
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   Posted 6/6/2009 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for all the replies.  I've received several things to try that I haven't yet. I do take a half of an imodium before I eat anything but I'm going to increase it to a whole pill and I also take one fiber capsul but I'm going to change to metamucil.  Also some good food ideas too.

I really appreciate all of your help.  It's so comforting to know that I always have a place to go where people understand just what I'm talking about and can offer me sound advice.

Thank you; blessings and peace,

Judy


 
 
Judy
 
spleen/appendix/gall bladder  removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
 
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
 
There's always hope and things will get better :)


suebear
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   Posted 6/7/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   

Wow, 1/2 of an imodium!  That's like not taking anything!!  You can take up to 8 per day and I would recommend that you increase your dosage to 2 pills after meals until you find the right balance.

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


Janiepain
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   Posted 6/7/2009 7:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Sue,
 
I think Judy is like me, and may have some motility issues with the small intestine also.  I take 1/2 lomotil with lunch and sometimes with dinner, but if I take more than that, I'm completely stopped up!  Can you believe it?  When I told my doctor, he said that made him pretty sure my small intestine might be affected as well.
 
 

peggy113
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   Posted 6/7/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Judy,

Though you received a lot of good ideas, try them one at a time so that you don't cause yourself any motility issues. That would be the last thing you'd need to do now. Do let us know what you try and how it goes for you, k? Your posts may help others in your shoes too. Thinking of you,
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Roddiesgirl
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   Posted 6/7/2009 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I found that when I had an IBS flare of diarrhea, what worked for me was either Metamucil, or plain psyllium husks.  The psyllium was really great at bulking my stool and it is one of the ingredients in Metamucil I believe.  You can google all sorts of info on it and it's completely natural...nothing added like Metamucil if you prefer that.  You can purchase it at any health food or bulk food store.....great stuff!....Hope you feel better soon!~~~Cheryl

Hysterectomy 1998
Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
3 Hernia Repairs, 2004
Repeat Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2006 (the mesh from previous prolapse surgery had let go and fallen into my bowels)...
Removal of mesh from bowels (it was piercing holes all through my bowels and appendix and cecum, causing 2 fistulas and heavy bleeding vaginally and rectally)...mesh was removed, two pieces of large bowel removed and resectioned with a loop ileostomy. 2008
 
I have underlying connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danloss Syndrome) which is the reason for the two failed surgeries)
 
Ileostomy Reversal March 9/09


Roddiesgirl
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   Posted 6/7/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Oops..forgot to add...you just add it to water and drink....it's especially good if you don't like taking medications like me...I prefer natural all the way!
Hysterectomy 1998
Diagnosed IBS 2000
Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2001
3 Hernia Repairs, 2004
Repeat Vaginal Prolapse Surgery 2006 (the mesh from previous prolapse surgery had let go and fallen into my bowels)...
Removal of mesh from bowels (it was piercing holes all through my bowels and appendix and cecum, causing 2 fistulas and heavy bleeding vaginally and rectally)...mesh was removed, two pieces of large bowel removed and resectioned with a loop ileostomy. 2008
 
I have underlying connective tissue disorder (Ehlers Danloss Syndrome) which is the reason for the two failed surgeries)
 
Ileostomy Reversal March 9/09


Marsky
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   Posted 6/7/2009 1:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes by all means don't try everything all at once. Certainly not all the foods I listed! I developed my food list over time, not all at once. I also kept a food journal. That really came in handy when I would eat an offensive food or drink a beverage I shouldn't have (be careful with dark beer!). I could refer back to my food journal/diary to determine which foods agreed with me the most. In time I perfected my diet from faithfully keeping the journal for 2 years.

If you wanted to just try a few foods from the BRAT or low residue diet list, eat the foods those letters stand for - bananas, rice, applesauce and toast. These 4 would not overwhelm your gut.

You could still try Metamucil as well.

I'm missing the bottom part of my colon, called the reservoir/sigmoid and 15 inches above this area. So stool has literally nowhere to back up and collect. I go all the time. But by eating this plain food way I can keep my stool formed at least 75% of the time.

I gave up the hopes of 1 to 4 bm's a day (this range is considered normal I was told by a doctor). I have at least a dozen a day, sometimes 15, sometimes 20 or more. My bm's come every 10 minutes sometimes, just when I think I'm done in the bathroom and stand up, I can feel more slide down and then the pressure I have is painful. I can hold it but it's painful. I was told this is because they pulled my colon down and attached it to my rectum and it doesn't stretch like the old sigmoid/reservoir did.

So once I accepted the fact that I was stuck with multiple bm's everyday, as long as I continue eating, then my goal switched to: how can I keep this stool formed, easily passed, here at home or in a public bathroom and not D or messy like.

I've learned the hard way, that diet affects my situation the most.

But each person is different. You did receive good advice about going slowly with all of this and keeping track of what you're eating.

Good luck!
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!


suebear
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   Posted 6/7/2009 2:36 PM (GMT -6)   

Janie,

Yes, she might have had motility issues that affected only her colon.  Now without her colon and having food travel through her system in 15 minutes it seems that her motility issues are not affecting her small intestine.  If she still had motility issues her transit time woudl be much slower. 

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


finallyfree
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Total Posts : 470
   Posted 6/7/2009 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for all of your help.  Before the c diff infection I did have motility issues, if I took just a half of imodium I wouldn't go to the bathroom for a couple of days. But c diff is infectious colitis and causes severe diarrhea.  My first bout left me severely dehydrated; I'm able to eat this time because the pain and diarrhea is somewhat under control but I'm looking to bulk up the stool.  I have been following a low  residue diet and I did increase my imodium to a whole tab before I eat ANYTHING, but the D continues.  I know it's part of the c diff but would really like it to slow down to keep nourishments in my system.  Have also been put on potassium because it's low but noticed that it's coming out undigested, will have to call tomorrow to get that changed.

I appreciate all of the suggestions and realize not to do everything at once.  You guys are the best; thank you and I'll keep you updated.

Judy


 
 
Judy
 
spleen/appendix/gall bladder  removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
 
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
 
There's always hope and things will get better :)


Janiepain
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   Posted 6/7/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Judy,
Good luck. I know it's just all trial and error. Just keep a journal, which I think we talked about, and you do keep.

Sue,
I'm just 3 months out from my total colectomy and I was going at least 20X a day easily. My doctor gave me lomotil and cholestyramine powder, which is like metamucil but rather than just adding bulk, it actually acts as a binding agent. If I took 1/2 pack of the cholestryamine once a day, instead of 2 full packs twice a day like directed, I just stopped going. If I took one lomotil, I stopped going completely for a couple days. Because of that, my doctor said obviously there is some motility issue with my small intestine. He said he has some patients who need to take 6-8 lomotil twice a day just not to have diarrhea all day. If 1/2 lomotil stops me for several hours, my small intestine isn't working as well as he thinks it should.

I'm taking just a teaspoon of metamucil and 1/2 lomotil a day and things are so much better. Even went to Olive Garden for dinner tonight!!

Janie

flchurchlady
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   Posted 6/8/2009 7:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Regarding pills coming out whole, those of us without colons cannot digest Extended Release pills. Sometimes, it will just have the letters ER (Extended Release) on the bottle, so look for that.

Some good food sources for potassium are potatoes, bananas, and orange juice.
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.


Surfr
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   Posted 1/19/2010 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone... Last year I had an Ulcerative Colitis and this year I got 3 operations the first one was the Ileostomy, then the rectal removal with j-pouch and the last one, ileostomy reversal... but since I get the last one I take immodium and Metamucil... but I always have acid stool (very liquid) and about 15 times a day... I take 8 immodium a day and 2 times Metamucil ... what I don't understand is when my doctor gave me Flagyl and Cypro I only need to take 3 or 4 immodium and 1 Metamucil... and when the flagyl and cypro is over 3 or 4 days later... the diarrhea came back and my butt is burning ...

So I want to know what can I do with that ??
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