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Ash83
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   Posted 12/20/2007 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
When you feel like things are moving slower than normal, what do you do? What foods/drinks promote quick movement that are okay to consume with an ileostomy?  Prune juice is not palatable at all for me, so that's out. Any suggestions?

Bagarama
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   Posted 12/20/2007 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Drink some coffee. My favorite is the caramel macchiato at Starbucks. yeah

summerstorm
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   Posted 12/20/2007 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
i just chug water like a crazy woman!

peggy113
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   Posted 12/20/2007 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
A couple of things work for me...
-- caffeine - usually strong coffee or strong tea;
--believe it or not, black licorice (probably the sugar content!) and
--grape juice or cider or anything in the vinegar family (yuk) but it works.
And lots and lots of fluids - sugary stuff helps things move on thru for me.

Hope this helps... let us know what works for you.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


Bagarama
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   Posted 12/21/2007 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   
... or eat a big bowl of navy beans with ham, that'll clean anybody out!! tongue

Amey
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   Posted 12/21/2007 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I have tried many different items ... apple juice, grape juice, tea, carrot juice..and so on. The only thing that works for me is prune juice (which I know you said is not an option) and anything that contains sorbitol or any other alcohol sugar. Alcohol sugars are found is sugar-free items and end in the letters "ol". I ate sugar-free gummy bears and drank water and my bag filled 3 times (it was a small mini bag). I would eat these more often to help me "go" but I do not want to eat empty calories everyday. However, once in a while is not too bad. So, go get some sugar-free candy and enjoy the benefits.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


Tom1
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   Posted 12/21/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Red wine, but make sure you are within 45 minutes of a loo.

JudyK89
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   Posted 12/22/2007 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
We eat at an Italian restaurant once in a while that is delicious, but I think it's because they add about a pound of butter to all the sauces, lol. I know when I eat it I'm emptying my pouch all night long.
Judy
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 12/22/2007 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Ash,
I'm glad you found out what the culprit was! Peanut butter is known to thicken the output, so that makes sense. It was fun chatting yesterday!
:-)  Cecilia

Amey
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   Posted 12/22/2007 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Ash,

I am glad you got things moving again. It is no fun living in my world - were your ostomy takes 5+ hours to work and then it takes another 3+ hours to empty. If I ate peanut butter, I would probably be clogged for a month LOL.

Happy to hear you figured things out. Next time try raisin cookies :o)
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


summerstorm
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   Posted 12/23/2007 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
here's an idea, eat two apples! that got it going, good! i don't think i will be eating two apples at the same time again, lol.

Amey
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   Posted 12/24/2007 7:20 AM (GMT -6)   
My ostomy nurse told me to eat marshmellows or peanutbutter 30 min. prior to changing my bag to esure that nothing (or at least very little) comes out of my stoma. Since, my stoma is slow, I try to aviod anything that will contribute to my problem.

Ash, I think you just proved that my nurse was correct.
Amey
 
 
Ileostomy 8/2007
Revised Coletomy/ Reset Anastimosis 2006
Revised Colectomy/ Obstructions 2005
Sub-total Colectomy 2001
 
Prov. 16: 20 Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
 
Zelnorm, Colace, Motilium, Citrate of Magnesium, Nexium, Amitiza, Potassium, Magnesium, Miralax, Milk of Magnesium, Corgard, Glycerin Suppositories, Sorbitol, Bentyl, Senokot


ME!
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   Posted 12/24/2007 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have a bag but I have found stool softner to really help me. 
 
That's great you figured it out.  It's all trial and error. 
 
I do very well with salad.  But I had a really grainy whole grain bread with a sandwich the other day and was in a lot of pain.  The doctor said I could eat normally now and eat whole grains, but I guess it was too much.  I'm two months out from surgery. 
 
Merry Christmas!

awesomeame
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   Posted 12/26/2007 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
when things are moving too slowly (ie cramping) i go for a walk around the neighbourhood. always gets the output goin'. but sometimes it's just slow...i've given up on trying to find a pattern!!!

--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


donut
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   Posted 1/6/2008 4:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I saw the post about having some red wine to promote "movement". My dr. never said anything about not having a cocktail or glass of wine. I had my iliostomy 5 weeks ago. Any reason that one cannot have alcohol with an ostomy?

bunny19
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   Posted 1/11/2008 12:02 AM (GMT -6)   
donut - i had a few glasses of sparkling white wine on new years eve and it was fine with my ostomy. it produced a lot of output tho...basically like drinking a lot of juice or something. i had to empty my bag a few times, but other than that it was fine!

OhSal
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   Posted 1/11/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All........Prune juice, black coffee and water keep my little guy moving on schedule..........( wellllllllllllllllllll pretty much. anyway :-) but when he's really having a lazy day, chips and Salsa works wonders! LOL!
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