Many rectal movements

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SocalJohn
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   Posted 9/11/2009 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
I have an ileostomy. My doctor told me that I will get rectal movements from time to time because the rectum still has glands that produce wax and such.

It took about a week after my surgery before I got my first one, then I got another the following day. After that I got them every few days. Now a month later, I have been having several a day. I probably had 5 yesterday. Its 8:00 am, and I had 2 already today, and feel another one coming. Has this happened to anyone else here? I wonder if this is a problem.

suebear
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   Posted 9/11/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm assuming you have a loop ileostomy? If so, yes this is completely normal. Picture you intestine as a garden hose. To create a loop the surgeon cuts the intestine halfway through. One half exits as the ostomy, the other half continues down the old route. So it's easy for food to bypass the ostomy and continue down through the normal exit. Don't be surprised if you see ocassional blood either, it's just a sign of healthy tissue.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


SocalJohn
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   Posted 9/11/2009 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I dont think so. I had a total collectomy. My rectum was left so I can eventually get a JPouch.

suebear
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   Posted 9/11/2009 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, then you have a temporary ileostomy which is just another name for a loop ileostomy. This is normal.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


spiderman
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   Posted 9/12/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Sue,
I disagree, if SocalJohn has not had a pouch formed then he will not have a loop ileostomy but an end one. If surgery is done as an emergency or that patient is very ill it is common to remove the colon and leave the rectum in place with an end ileostomy (and depending on the surgeons technique he may have a mucous fistula too) until the patient is healthier and can make the decision whether to opt for a pouch or not. Not that this matters though, passing mucous from the rectal stump is common and expected the type of ileostomy is irrelevant.

Peter
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