A question about mornings with an ileostomy

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earthgirl
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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 7/25/2006 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello,
 
I reading another post earlier today and something in there caught my eye and got me thinking!  I was wondering how people's ileostomies function when they wake up in the mornings.  Ever since I had my surgery I wake up in the morning and as soon as I get moving my bag will fill up two or three times with just straight liquid.  I always thought this was weird since mornings are supposed to be the quietest times for ostomies.  And once this happens mine usually is until I eat breakfast.  I am wondering if this is a normal occurance or whether I might have some kind of excess stomach acid that I could get under control through medication.  It sure can be annoying since it happens every morning and I am concerned about going back to teaching and having to deal with a full bag every morning unless I get up super early to try and get it under control before I leave my house.  And who would I ask about this...could i ask my surgeon who I am seeing on thursday for a follow-up or should I ask my family doctor?  Any thoughts??
 
Earthgirl :-)

Post Edited (earthgirl) : 7/26/2006 2:31:18 PM (GMT-6)


Suzy2
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   Posted 7/26/2006 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi earthgirl.

Mornings are a busy time for my stoma too. Like you .I have to empty as soon as I get out of bed. Very often as soon as I have had my first cup of tea I need to empty again,and then once again after breakfast. After this I find it all goes quiet on me for quite a few hours. I wouldnt say mine is straight liquid like you describe but it is usualy thinner than when I empty at other times through the day.

What colour is the liquid earthgirl? Sometimes I do get a yellow frothy liquid first thing in the morning which I presume is to do with stomach acids,its only a very tiny amount when that happens though.

If you are seeing your surgeon on Thursday it cant hurt to ask him about it. Let me know what he says.


earthgirl
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   Posted 7/28/2006 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   

Bag lady,

I saw my surgeon yesterday and he said that my stomach/ostomy should not be that active before eating in the mornings so he prescribed a drug called Ranitidine.  It's used to reduce the amount of acid secreted by the stomach.  He said to try it out to see if it might help.  I took one last night just before I went to bed and have already noticed a big difference.  I only emptied my bad twice before I left for work, which is 2 times less than yesterday! 

Earthgirl :-)


Suzy2
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   Posted 7/29/2006 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad you got a good result with the Ranitidine earthgirl.


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