Diarrhea and pain in my stoma? Worried.

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80sChick
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   Posted 3/31/2010 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I'm kind of scared to even post this because sometimes these replies freak me out...but...
 
I had my surgery almost 2 weeks ago so I'm VERY new to the ostomy world...caught a cold about a week ago and all that mucus has caused diarrhea (which is so weird when you have an ostomy!) and my stomach feels yucky. Just the past few days my stoma has been hurting as well. It kind of feels like gas passing through or a pinching feeling. Is it related to the cold, or should I be worried? My stoma has never hurt before. I have my post op appt with my surgeon in a few days so I will definitely talk to him about tit then, but in the meantime I'd just like words of advice from those of you who have been there. Should I be really worried? God I hope not. I just want to recover from this surgery without complications!!! shakehead
 
Thanks in advance.
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10!
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently on: 20mg Prednisone, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D, Calcium, Vesicare (for urinary retention). 


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
the pain is from the muscles, not the actual stoma, its weird feeling. i didnt like that at all!
If you are still having plenty of output, just keep the fluids going in and it will be ok, colds sucks!
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-


Allison77
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   

What colour is Zoe? If the pain dosen't go away in a few days, talk to your surgeon, in the meantime, drinks lots of liquids...gotta keep your fluid up!!! *hugs*

 

-Allie


RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
 
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."


80sChick
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   Posted 3/31/2010 6:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you guys for putting my mind at ease a little!! Yes, I figured it could be the muscles around the stoma--I have been coughing a lot and that isn't easy on my tummy muscles since they just got disrupted from the surgery. :( Thank God it was laperascopic!!

I will look at Zoe tomorrow when I change her outfit...if she's not pink/red I'll worry. I have been drinking lots and will continue to! This is no fun!!
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10!
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently on: 20mg Prednisone, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D, Calcium, Vesicare (for urinary retention). 


esoR
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   Posted 3/31/2010 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
80's

When you cough gently press in on the ring to give that area a bit of support. I have to do this 2 and a half years after surgery. An ostomy is actually, as you know, a "made" hernia. So coughing and so on does hurt those muscles, especially so soon after surgery. Too bad about the cold right after surgery. Yes, the stoma should stay a beefy red appearance. Any change in color should be mentioned to your doc the minute you notice it. They kept tabs on mine for a couple months post-surgical. The thing that is possible to happen is to have it lose blood flow and turn colors. This is why they have likely told you about checking the color. It's a LOT to take in, then the changing, now your cold. WIshing you well and hope you have a smooth recovery. Rosemary

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 4/1/2010 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
You can put a small pillow over your tummy when you cough, too, to help with the soreness. I'd guess that it's all the coughing:( Are you running a fever? If not, I would hang in until you have your post op appointment...but if things get worse, call and get in before!

I hope you feel better soon!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


80sChick
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   Posted 4/1/2010 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have a fever...just coughing and runny nose. I'm not super duper sick--just mucusy enough to rile up my stomach. Gross.

I just looked at Zoe and she's totally red and regular looking, so that's good.

I'm still having twinges of pain around my stoma but not as much as before. They just feel like pinches and then sometimes an ache...maybe my muscles are just getting a little freaked out cuz of all the coughing. I will try the pillow idea! Can coughing injure my stoma since it's so new?

Stupid cold.
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10!
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently on: 20mg Prednisone, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D, Calcium, Vesicare (for urinary retention). 


summerstorm
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 6571
   Posted 4/1/2010 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
i wondered about coughing too, i had this god awful cold a while back and coughed violently for like 3 weeks,but it didnt seem to cause any problems with mine. I was worried i would cough my bag right off!
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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