Oh, one more thing - my mom used to give me straight prune juice as a kid (I was a very picky eater and would occasionally get constipated). It always seemed to work.
Leslie - as you know I did have a temporary colostomy for 2 months. I had less trouble then than I do now. My diet wasn't as restricted either (they tell you to avoid gum, using straws, a few groups of foods that produce gas but other than that, it was easy to care for). If you are this miserable and have good insurance, I say go for it. The ostomy forum here at HW is comprised of a great group of caring folks.
Finally, we do not have great insurance, not even good insurance anymore. That's a thing of the past now. Anyway, my surgeon recommended I end all of my multiple bm's and get a permanent, inverted colostomy. It would be placed as low as possible on the left hand side of your body (you know the lay out of the GI tract by now I'm sure). Stool would still be formed. By having an inverted colostomy, the theory then is I would irrigate (fancy word for daily enema) it once within a 24 hour period. You use special tubing to do this, infusing water into the colon and waiting for it to return to the toilet, via the same tubing (I think). In between irrigations you are supposed to be able to just wear an AM Patch (large bandaid). Of course you would carry with you an ostomy bag, etc. in case your ostomy started having output. But in theory for those that do irrigate, they have a 23 hour period without any output.
Again, we are strapped for extra cash and couldn't afford this surgery. Our insurance only covers office copays (at $30 to 60) and Rx copays (at $30 to 50). They would balk at this elective surgery, they wouldn't cover my last colonoscopy, my husband's in '07, my daughter's MRI last year. Of course it all goes towards our ind. deductibles of $2500.
So again, don't look at a colostomy as the last resort. It may just free up your day (even if you wear a bag). And you'd be out of pain.
I do hope you figure this out.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening