Ostomates....NEED ADVICE AGAIN :(

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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   


Hi all......So I need you advice.

So, my weekend, pretty much sucked. I went over to my inlaws and ate a half a piece of chicken and some cooked pinapple off the pizza they were eating. I felt really sick a couple hours later and felt pain and incredibale nausea. I figured the pineapple I had eaten was probably given me a obstruction. I had very little to no output out of my bag from 3 pm to 10 pm and hardly any overnight. I woke up in the morning and a chinck of pineapple was just sitting just on top of my stoma. I freaked out and though "oh thank God it passed" well I was still having very bad nausea. I was also having new stoma pain and intense. I took off my bag to find my stoma was nearly three times its normal size. I called the on -call surgeon and he said to watch ot for a couple hours. It decreased a little, but five hours later I was still having nausea. I went into the ER as they suggested. By this time my stoma was slightly purple on the bottom and had white patch areas (not its notmal and was still double in size). They gave me vicodin and zofran and took an xray and the colorectal resident stuck his finger in my stoma ( I thought I was going to scream) and they said everything looked ok. It is still double its size and very painful today......not sure what to do.

Has any of this happened to you before or experienced this???


Chronic Lifetime Constipation, Dx IBS-C for 7 yrs
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008, ended with four abdomal abscessses and 2 drains
Four abdominal abscesses- Feb 2008
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008, Dx Rectal Inertia
Admitted with Small Bowel Obsruction April 4, 2009 and eremgency ileostomy 4/13
Loop ileostomy April 13, 2009 and still recovering woth abdominal abscesses out 4/24
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 6/22/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my goodness, how scary! I've had partial and full blockages before, but my stoma has never swelled up. I hope they find out what's going on, so you can get some relief from the pain.
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again.

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 6/22/2009 8:20 PM (GMT -7)   
call your ostomy nurse.
mine told me to never let them stick anything into your stoma!
Also, lay down, massage your abdomen, and drink soda.
Good Luck! I hope you feel better soon.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 6/22/2009 11:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Man that sounds terrible. So I will remember you in my prayers tonight and hope they get their act organized and can help you.

Liza D
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Date Joined Apr 2009
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   Posted 6/24/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my goodness! I am so sorry to hear that! It is my greatest fear with this thing.

I have eaten pineapple without any problems. I was feeling pretty gnarly yesterday but I just had a lot of watery output. I am always worried it's a blockage.

I can't imagine someone sticking their finger in my stoma! I agree with the laying flat and rubbing around your belly and I even rub my stoma with the bag on... It makes me feel better and seems to get things pumping.

I hope you feel better.
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