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2much2bear
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   Posted 6/22/2009 7:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all
 
I have a temporary ileostomy and have 3 questions.
 
1.   Can I take Immodium or lotomil to slow down bms?  I want to see test myself on it before i get reversed in a few months' time.  I can have quite waterly bms depending on what i eat, plus also it fills up at night even though i dont eat late, and i dont want to be up at night .
 
2.  What can i wear over the bag to stop it getting wet and for added security when swimming?
 
3.  My bag fills up with air overnight and is fit to burst in the morning, and fills up with air a lot.   is that normal?  i took wind capsules but that doesnt help at all.  any advice?
 
thanks guys!


Karen 47 yrs
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery (rectocele/cystocele)
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction
2006: Diagnosed with slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection because of partial volvulus resulting in immediate colonic inertia
 
15 JANUARY 2009: scheduled for T/C
12 FEBRUARY 2009 - Re-scheduled T/C- (postponed as the Professor is away)
10 MARCH 2009 - T/C HORRAY FOR A CANCELLATION!
Loop Ileostomy - Due for reversal around June 2009
 

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RobinByrd
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm really not sure about the Immodium...however I do really like GasX.  You could try that at night, hopefully it will work for you.

As for the watery output, I sometimes prefer it that way b/c it's easier to empty.  I try to drink as much as possible during the day so I do have it that way.  : )

There are covers for your wafer but not necessarily the bag.  I haven't used the wafer covers, but some really like it for showers and what-not.  I've considered getting them for swimming b/c it seems the chlorine is hard on my barriers. 

Sorry I'm not much help.  Good luck with your future surgeries!

smurf
: )  Robin
 
28 year old Mommy of an amazing 1 year old and Wife for 2 years!
Dx-May 2007 Moderate/Severe Pancolitis - failed all medications
 
Proctocolectomy w/ permanent ileostomy on 02/06/09!!!
 
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summerstorm
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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
1. Yes you can use immodium. I often take 2 if i am going out somehwere and don't want to have to empty often, and then take 2 more a few hours later. Now this doesnt' happen to me, but when i do it, after the immodim wears off, about 8 hours or so later, i get a bunch of output quickly, lasts about 30 minutes or an hour. I guess it's got to go somewhere, lol.

2. When i go swimming i usually put on a sure seal, its very hard for me to explain these, but it's like saran wrap stuff that goes over the wafer part. As for the actual bag i dont know of anything. But i tape my bag up on itself, then sometimes put my belly band on, then i safety pin my bathing suit top to my bottom, on the LEFT side, lol. Not putting a pin near there, lol.

3. Alot of gas in the morning is normal. I dont have that problem so much anymore but there are some mornings i think i could float away. You could try some gas-x before bed and see if that helps. I have found that the gas-x only works if you take it before you get gas.

hope that helped some

2much2bear
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   Posted 6/22/2009 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks a lot for the advice guys i appreciate it.
 
its good to know i can try out the immodium then - yes i have tried gas-x but the english version lol.  it just makes the gas go through quicker but my bag is still xtremely full and fit to burst. i just cannot keep taking it as it is soe xpensive.  i must just make a lot of gas. at least now it can go through me! before it was trapped inside becasue of colonic inertia.
 
its good to hear from those with years of experience. thanks.
x
 
 
Karen 47 yrs
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic floor repair surgery (rectocele/cystocele)
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction
2006: Diagnosed with slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection because of partial volvulus resulting in immediate colonic inertia
 
15 JANUARY 2009: scheduled for T/C
12 FEBRUARY 2009 - Re-scheduled T/C- (postponed as the Professor is away)
10 MARCH 2009 - T/C HORRAY FOR A CANCELLATION!
Loop Ileostomy - Due for reversal around June 2009
 


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 6/22/2009 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you sleep with your mouth open (mouth dry in the morning)? That always makes my pouch fill with air overnight...I've retrained myself to keep it closed but that is easier said than done!!
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