going even after colostomy!

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   Posted 9/10/2009 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I got a colostomy about three months ago and lately I am going to the bathroom just a much as before but now I am just pooping large amounts of mucous.  I do have a few abcesses that are still draining and I know it is common for people with ostomies to still poop mucous.  But whats the point of a colostomy if you are still going to the bathroom a lot.  I am just frustrated I was never one of the most confident people then I got crohns and I just started to get confident with myself.  Now I have to learn it all over again because I have this stupid bag hanging from my stomach that collects poop for the world to see because I refuse to wear clothes that are haning off of my and make me look bigger that I already am just to cover the thing from hell.  I know I just started rambeling about something completely different but cant I just say I hate my life and not have people tell me to suck it up, look on the bright side, or hey at least your not dead.  Do you know what I want to tell those people go **** themselves.  All I want is to be confident and if I have to have this god forseckin thing then I shouldnt be going to the bathroom like I used to. 
Diagnosed with Crohns Oct. '07.  Have had 9 abcess/ fistula surgeries.  Colostomy 20 March 2009.
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 9/10/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
It takes some getting used to. I have illeostomy. The viscosity of the stool is that of water. It is like pea soup, unless there is something in my diet which contains fiber, (metamucil or natural fiber such as from a raisin), it doesnt get to a formed consistency whatsoever. Perhaps a colostomy forum person can answer if the stool characteristics change (become more formed after colostomy surgery and if so, when.
yes the bag can protrude somewhat when its full. I sometimes put it below my underwear, but I am more comfortable with it just under my pants. Mine is in a spot where, wearing a belt sometimes will irritate my stoma, so I generally wear a looser pant with the belt below stoma, more comfortable in loose fitting stuff anyways. An illeostomy is not controllable. So stool generally flows continuous in a very small amount. So you go more but the result is you dont hafta run to the bathroom. You can empty your bag as often as is comfortable for you. I find this as the biggest advantage from surgery.
Granted there are intimacy issues. I use a ace bandage in such instances.

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   Posted 9/10/2009 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I just replied to your post on the ostomy board saying u couldnt poop. Both were posted today so im not sure if u are going to much or constipated? Hope u find some help soon but would suggest u call your doc
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