Had my first blowout

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   Posted 9/24/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
9 months after my colostomy. I never had a problem other than a little leaking under the wafer before I found the proper wafer. But omg, I ate a whole avocado the other night, had no idea it had given me the flying poopies and woke with a pouch about to burst. I barely made it to the loo and when I unclipped it at the bottom KABAM, it exploded. I was up for a couple of hours cleaning the bathroom, throwing away the rug, doing laundry, cleaning myself up. I feel so proud to belong to the club of those who experienced icky blow outs!

I know people have said don't take immodium when you have a colostomy but I had miles to go before I slept (again) yesterday and needed not to be sick so I took one. That was 24 hours ago and I've had zero output. Should I be worried or is that about normal??

I'm also having low level 'menstrual' cramps which is a mild version of the excruciating cramps I had which led me to the ER in december for emergency surgery due to perforation caused by diverticulitis. Has anyone had this sort of mild pain down there. Is it cause for alarm?? I'm way past the menstrual cramp age so dat ain't it. cool

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   Posted 9/24/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
i have never heard of not taking immodium some people take it everyday. 
As for the output thing, if you have no output for more than 4 hours you are supposed to call the dr. 

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   Posted 9/24/2008 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know alot about colostomies, but is your appliance one or two pieces? When I eat later in the evening, I can usually wake up with a VERY inflated pouch, but with my two piece I can open the pouch from the top to let the air out so it doesn't explode...I only had one of those experiences and that was ALL it took to go to the two piece:)

Definately call the doc if it continues...better safe than sorry.

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   Posted 9/25/2008 12:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you had any output yet? Are you drinking plenty of fluids? Since the immodium slows down the digestion, more liquid is absorbed therefore requiring additional intake if your output is slowed too much. Usually a cup of coffee or caffeine will help to "wake" it back up for me. Yes, I take immodium on a daily basis - right now, I am only taking my morning dose mostly to counteract the latte I drink in the morning I guess. Or if I know that I will be eating fried foods, I take them.

Please update us.

Good Luck.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

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