diarrrhea after ileostomy reversal

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/27/2009 12:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm posting for the first time and will appreciate some help. I just had
my ileostomy reversal surgery 1-22 and was released 1-25. Beginning today,
the 26th, I am having a lot of diarrhea. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you
it's been at least five to seven times an hour. I have taken Imodium to no
Could someone tell me if this diarrhea lasts a day or two or a week, a month?
I suppose it varies in each person but I am even afraid to go to bed because
I might not make it to the bathroom in time.
Thanks for any help you can give me. I thought the ileostomy ordeal was over
but this diarrhea is the worst I have ever had or ever heard of.
Thanks, Duryea9

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 125
   Posted 1/27/2009 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
i'll be watching for replies, because I hope to have mine reversed in the next couple of months.

Equestrian Mom
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 3115
   Posted 1/27/2009 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   

It will take a little while for your body to start working correctly again!  Sugar is one food that can increase D so make sure you watch your intake and that would include juices as well as food.  I always cut juices with water.

You will need to supplement whatever you drink, while you are going so much, with electrolytes (Pedialyte is good) so you don't get dehydrated...just like a high output ileo...Eating things like Bananas and instant potatoes can also help thicken stool if you can tolerate them. 

If things continue like that you may want to let your doc know and maybe he can give you an rx for something else...
And, welcome to the site!  Also, if you go back through some of the older posts, you'll probably find some good suggestions from people who have gone through the same experiecnes recently. I had a reversal once, sooooo long ago, it is hard to remember:-

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 367
   Posted 1/27/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi! I had my reversal December 15 and I was going about 15-20 times a day and sometimes I swear even more. I could hardly stand it. Now I'm down to about 3-4 times a day. It's much better now and I haven't done anything different except have a JP drain removed, but I can't see how that would be related. The Immodium didn't do anything for me either, I only took it once and when it didn't work I stopped taking it.

The important thing is to drink, drink, drink!!! You will get dehydrated quickly and that puts you at risk for lots of things including gallstones. I read that a lot of us who've had this surgery are at an increased risk for gallstones now because of dehydration which is a number one cause of gallstones and the cure for that is surgery. Whatever you drink though, drink things other than water or you will lose your electrolytes.

Welcome to the site and keep us posted on your progress. Let us know if you need anything else.
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - March 13, 2007
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
Temporary Ileostomy due to small bowell perforation Septepmber 29, 2008
Ileostomy Reversal - December 15, 2008
Multiple Small Bowel Abscesses-December 22, 2008
Leak at original Anastamosis -December 25, 2008
JP Drain removed - January 23, 2009
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