Rectal cancer surgery 5/7/08 with temp ileostomy
Ileostomy is an "innie" 1 1/2 inches wide
June 2 passes a large painful stool anally. Continued to have output in my ostomy and anally.
3 weeks ago, my stoma starts shrinking rapidly. Down to 1/2 inch. I start having bms every day. Sometimes several in a day. Output into bag declines to less than a cup a day.
After last week's chemo, I felt constipated. Output in stoma goes up a little, but not much.
I've been taking 3-4 Imodium daily since surgery. I cut this back with the constipation and then got the diareah. That seems to be better today. I change my bag a while ago and now my stoma is right at 1/4 wide. It aches when output comes out of it.
I have a doctor's appt on Tuesday. Just curious if anyone has had this happen or heard of it?
My oncol thought I was crazy. When I told him I was having bms, he kept saying "From your bottom?" He'd never heard of it. My ostomy nurse said she's never heard of such a thing.
Am I even more of a freak than I already thought?