More Frequent Bowel Movement after Colostomy

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   Posted 3/11/2006 8:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I had some frequent bowel movement before my Colostomy,sometimes after lunch meal. After having the Colostomy (three weeks ago), I am having more frequent bowel movements. It feels like some burning or irritable feeling in the Anal area. Then I will be fine, if I stand up and walk, then when I sit down, it has that same irritable feeling in the Anal area.
I had two polyps removed, one was near the Anal opening and it was pre-cancer.  The Doctor said that there was no problem and it was completely removed.
He told me take WelChol, before meal. He said this would help curb my bowel frequency.  It helps some, but I still have the irritable feeling, especialy after a bowel movement.
Thank you for any help.

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   Posted 3/11/2006 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Doug, welcome to HealingWell! :-)
I don't think there are any members here in the IBS forum that have had a colostomy. Your best bet would be to visit the Ostomies forum. If you don't know how to access it, here is the link:
You can also go to it by using the "Forum Quick Jump" and selecting Ostomies.

With that said... We do, however, have a couple members here who take Welchol. The ones that are on it have been prescribed it after their gallbladder was removed. It helps to bind up bile and reduce the number of D attacks. If I remember correctly this med can be taken in varried amounts - if you still have D you can take another pill to try and control it (don't quote me on this, as I am not a doc - always check with your doc before altering meds and/or doses).

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   Posted 3/11/2006 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your reply.  I was in error in the surgical procudure I had.  It was a colonoptomy.  Everything else remains the same.

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   Posted 3/15/2006 11:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you mean colonscopy. Sometimes I think it is just a shock to the system and I always have a problem for a while after but I think it is that the prep takes all the good as well as the bad bacteria out of the body. You might think about trying a probiotic and see if that helps in a week. I doubt there is any physical reason.

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   Posted 3/16/2006 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Doug,
I want to make sure that I am understanding. Do you know if it was a colonoscopy (scope of your colon) or was it a surgical procedure? If it was a colonoscopy, Canyonbabe is correct that it does make you go for a couple of days however this has been going on for 3 weeks for you which is not normal (unless you had a lot of diarrhea prior to the scope). One of the things on the discharge papers of a colonoscopy states to call your doc if you have any changes to your normal bowel movements. You may want to call him/her.
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   Posted 3/20/2006 8:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I did go back to the Doctor who did the Colonoptmy.  He found that I had an Anal Fissure and he has gave me anti-botics, hydrocortisone creme.  I hope this will clear this problem.  I am having to take ibophemn in the morning, along with the anti-botics, three times a day.
This really makes me leary of another Colonoptmy, but I guess that is life.

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   Posted 3/21/2006 10:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Make sure you ask your doctor about taking probiotics along with the antibiotics so that you can replace the good bacteria that the antibiotics are killing off (along with the bad ones).

I just read yesterday that major bowel cleansings like you do before a scope and major enemas can flush out a lot of your good bacteria and that it's a good idea to take proibiotics for a little while afterwards to make sure you reestablish the balance in your guts. So between the colon cleaning and teh antibiotics, you especially need some probiotics. Just ask your doctor how many he thinks you should take (I have read a website by another doctor that said he recommended several times the daily dosage when his patients were on antibiotics because the antibioitcs kill off most of what you consme as well). If he says it's a bunch of hooey, I think you should look for another doctor.

I take the Welchol myself because I have no gall bladder and so have an excess of bile in my intestinal tract. I usually can get by with just one a day, but sometimes I'll eat something that will set me off and I'll need to take two or even three a day (my dr. told me to take them as needed). My basic rule of thumb is I take one in the morning, and, if 30 minutes or more later my guts aren't perfectly fine, I take another one. I give that one 30 minutes to work and then see how I am. You've taken enough when you stop having bile diarrhea; you've taken too much when you get constipated. Sometimes my dosage needs adjusting on a daily basis depending on my stress levels and what I eat, just as a diabetic has to adjust their insulin dosages based on what they eat and what actitivity they've done for the day.
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