Ostomy output while sick?

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   Posted 11/13/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been fighting a bad cold with a fever since Monday. I saw my PCP on Monday night and flu tests came back negative. But here I am, 4 days later STILL fighting this nasty cold. And throughout this ordeal, my output has been pure liquid - a dark, disgusting smelling, green tinted, liquid. And I'm emptying it at least twice as often as before. Is that because I am sick? Or should I be more concerned about my change in output over the last week?
Diagnosed w/IBS: Oct. 2006  Diagnosed w/UC: Jan. 2007 (proctitis), July 2008 (pancolitis)
1st Surgery for J-Pouch: May 22, 2009 - need 2 more surgeries, dates TBD
Medications: Canasa Rowasa enemas; Lialda; Prednisone; Protonix; Remicade; Zyrtec-D; Toprolvarious pain meds post-surgery;
Supplements: Women's One-a-day multi-vitamin; Super B-complex
Current Status: Aug, 2009 - Recovering from the 1st stage of J-Pouch surgery; temp ileostomy; 2 more surgeries to go as there was too much damage to create a J-pouch

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   Posted 11/13/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   

Green is usually bile and just means you've not been eating much. Or it could be coloring from a cough medicine or cold med you are taking. Call your doc if you are concerned. Feel better. Best wishes, Rosemary

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   Posted 11/13/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a cold this week. Exact same thing happened to me.

vette guy
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   Posted 11/13/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you taking green colored Ny Quil for your cold?  If so, I will bet you that is the culprit.  For whatever reason, that stuff goes right through me, and my output will be VERY liquidy and green. 

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   Posted 11/13/2009 5:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Yeah and also when you are sick that nasty stuff drains into your stomach, and that always upsets my stomach. Plus if you are dehydrated you will have a lot of bile.
I also would think the cold medicine could be to blame.
Feel better!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-

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   Posted 11/13/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry you feel bad gemini sounds like the cold thing is making your output green. I use M9 drops for odor control and it turns green in the pouch but goes in blue so I bet it is bile or the meds you are taking for it.


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   Posted 11/18/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   

This is exactly happening to me, but I am not taking cold medicines for it.  My output looks sort of like mucus and is liquid consistency - but the odor is very different in a bad way.  It is amazing I can get through 14 surgeries, a MRSA infection, and lots of pain - but this darn cold is making me just so cranky!

love to all here,


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   Posted 11/18/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL Bob, i heard a thing on the radio the other day, about colds, and about the worst type of cold, the MAN cold, lol. It has much worse symptoms than the regular cold.
But really, i would rather throw up all day than have a sore throat or an ear ache. I hate that!!!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-

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