Eliostomy Reversal with diarrhea

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trooper82
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   Posted 9/23/2009 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
( Forgot to post subject in previous post )

I had a reversal on the September 9, 2009 of my iliostomy and have continuous diarrhea. What is best to eat to avoid this problem, or does it go away on it's own....HELP...

Trooper82

Trigirl
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   Posted 9/23/2009 11:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Besides what you eat, Metamucil will often help the D too. Hope you can find something that works for you quickly.

Marsky
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   Posted 9/24/2009 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Quickly would be a low residue diet. Ask your surgeon if he/she approves of this diet. See my response on your other topic trooper82, I posted about this diet. My surgeon gave me the go ahead to be on it and I'm still on it, 10 years later. Fiber supplements just didn't help me. But they do help some of us.

It's a real trial and error too - with diet, with possibly fiber supplements.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


suebear
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   Posted 9/24/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
It would help us to know why you had surgery. UC, cancer, FAP, CI, or Crohn's?

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


trooper82
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   Posted 9/24/2009 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   
To Suebear, from trooper82. I had cancer of the rectum and had my reversal 4 months later. I shall try low residue diet. Can't take this much longer. Not much help from surgeon, but will see him on 9/28/09

Trooper82

Marsky
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   Posted 9/24/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Good question - bumping up this topic.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


suebear
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   Posted 9/25/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Trooper,

Okay, did you have your rectum removed and the colon attached to the anus, or was there some other surgery? I hate to pry but it will help in determing solutions.

Some things you can try:

1. Metamucil wafers. Everyone swears that the wafers work better than the powder or pills. Eat them before your morning meal.
2. Lomotil or Imodium. Both work to slow down your transit time. With the additional fiber from metamucil and the slowing action of the imodium or lomotil you should see more bulking of stool. Imodium is OTC, lomotil takes an RX. Some find one works better than the other so try both if you need to, not together of course!
3. Things to Avoid. Do not eat or drink anything with sugar in it. Sugar makes for looser stool, even fruit juice. Of course you only need to limit sugar until you get a handle on things.
4. Try to eat bulking foods; oatmeal, rice, pasta. Stay away from fried foods

And my personal favorite, although you may want to try this in small portions, is stove-top popcorn. Nothing brings my system to a screeching halt like popcorn!

With the fiber and imodium/lomotil it will take some experimentation. You might find that you slow things down too much and get uncomfortable, it's all trial and error.

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


trooper82
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   Posted 10/9/2009 1:18 AM (GMT -7)   
My loose stools have generated to Constipation. The surgeon suggested miralax, but no change. I have taken two Fleet Enemas, but cannot do this much longer. The cancer was in the rectum and the surgeon removed part of the rectum and reattached the large intestine to the rectum. There is now a smaller area where the rectum is attached to the large intestine and the matter gets stuck in this area. I will see my surgeon the 14th of October, but need some advise prior to my next visit.

Trooper82

Marsky
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   Posted 10/9/2009 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
trooper82 - I also had rectal cancer, 90% of the sigmoid area removed, 15 inches of my colon above that and then my large intestine connected to the rectum. I had your initial symptoms - D and very loose, multiple in amount bm's. Still do but at least now I have things figured out for the most part. Took me a long time though, it's now over 10 years later. Still cancer free in case you're wondering. It never came back!

That said since you've now switched to constipation, if you are only eating foods on the low residue diet, then this isn't good. LRD only works well if you are experiencing D and very loose bm's.

What sort of diet are you on at this current time?

It sounds to me as if you need more water, exercise (just simple walking, even around your house, inside or out or going up and down steps several times a day) and fiber.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening

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