Mashed Potato Clog????

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esoR
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   Posted 10/29/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

Have had ileostomy 2+ years due to an injury (no underlying disease). Last night was a first! At 5 p.m. I had some mashed potato and 2 jars of baby food lamb (I know sort of conservative; but been through tooooo much to risk a food clog.)

Anyway, I passed some waste into the bag after I ate, but not as much came out as usual for after a meal. I went for a walk and on about my day. Went to bed around 11:00 and felt awful. Not much passing. Cramps, bloat; I was scared (no nausea though).. But I finally got up and had hot tea, grape juice and all the "go" liquids. Finally about 3 a.m. this huge amount of waste the consistency of mashed potato made its appearance in the bag and I felt OK again.

Could gushy food like I ate have caused a food blockage for 10 hours? Normally poop goes into the bag gradually; doesn't virtually stop for 10 hours then come out all at once.

Anyone with an ileo have any clue what that was all about. Will be avoiding mashed potato for awhile.

Rosemary

XtremeMisery
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   Posted 10/29/2009 10:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a blockage for 12 hrs without relief until it finally passed with little to know output......it can happen and is awful. I ended up in the ER with pinapple that had swelled my stoma to 4 times its normal size and they had to unplug it. I was always nervous of mashed potatoes, but maybe in small amt would be ok.....so sorry. thinking of you.
Chronic Lifetime Constipation, Dx IBS-C for 7 yrs
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008, ended with four abdomal abscessses and 2 drains
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008, Dx Rectal Inertia (Anismus)
Admitted with Small Bowel Obstruction April 4, 2009 and emergency ileostomy 4/13
Re-admitted with abdominal abscess. Released 4/24
Cleveland Clinic twice for 3/4th referral. Anismus undetected (no medical explanation)
Retracted stoma-infection/skin breakdown.
Ileostomy Reversal- Oct 8, 2009. Ileus, Dehydration-Ongoing, but resolving 10-15
 
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Trigirl
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   Posted 10/30/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I find too much of mashed anything and not enough water to push it thru causes discomfort. So far so go on no blockages. I took get nervous about that have changed my eating alot. Couldn't image eating some things yet. Lots and lots of water with everything I eat works for me and I kind of like that it runs out of bag instead of having it too solid.

Good luck in the future. THere is quite the learning curve here huh?
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esoR
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   Posted 10/30/2009 9:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Lizzie and TRigirl,

Sort of relieved to know it was likely only a temp food blockage. As food blockages can be avoided. I'd not drunk a LOT of water with the mashed potato. Yesterday and today am back on my rice cereal, yogurt routine and LOTS of liquids.

Thanks, Rosemary.

PS. The learning curve is SOMETHING ELSE!!!! AUUUUGH! :-)

P.P. S. S. Lizzie, hope you're continuing to improve.

esoR
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   Posted 10/31/2009 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
XtremeMisery,
I meant to ask you after you replied to me about the pineapple clog you experienced, how did they unplug your ileostomy stoma?


Did a Dr. Specially trained in it do it? or a stoma nurse?


I can picture some sort of mini-vacuum cleaner :-) They would have had to suck out all my mashed potato. I've been extremely careful since, too careful, but that would not be a do-at-home procedure. Let me know how they did it.

Thanks, Rosemary

XtremeMisery
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   Posted 10/31/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Haha....it was the colo-rectal fellow who did it in the ER and they had to put a long catheter in there and almost flush it and then he put his finger in there....it hurt like the dickens......I can imagine your visualization. Never eat pineapple!!!!
 
Lizzie
Chronic Lifetime Constipation, Dx IBS-C for 7 yrs
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008, ended with four abdomal abscessses and 2 drains
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008, Dx Rectal Inertia (Anismus)
Admitted with Small Bowel Obstruction April 4, 2009 and emergency ileostomy 4/13
Re-admitted with abdominal abscess. Released 4/24
Cleveland Clinic twice for 3/4th referral. Anismus undetected (no medical explanation)
Retracted stoma-infection/skin breakdown.
Ileostomy Reversal- Oct 8, 2009. Ileus, Dehydration-Ongoing, but resolving 10-15
 
"The Greatest Healing Therapy is Friendship and Love"


esoR
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   Posted 10/31/2009 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Lizzie,

Thanks for satisfying my curiosity! AUUUUGH! I wouldn't go near a piece of pineapple! Am not planning to go near mashed potatoes again! For 2 years I've been living on egg, yogurt, protein powder, Centrum vitamins, juices, milk, puddings, crackers, cereal, toast, jars of baby food meat and veggies, and ice cream. So far my blood labs are normal and I regained 35 lbs from my low of 99 prior to the ilostomy. Am not a bundle of energy, but am looking like the living :-) All these people with ostomies that say, Oh I eat whatever I want....well what do they want? :-) hahahaha! I eat everything I want too. Sorry just had to share some ileo humor. Thanks again.

Hope you continue to improve. Rosemary

summerstorm
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   Posted 10/31/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
i eat pineapple all the time! i just spit out the tough parts. of course i only eat it when noone is around, lol.
But that keeps you from swallowing the hard to chew parts.
Someone on here, ate an orange and she took her bag off and looked and a one of the pieces of orange was sticking out whole!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
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