help me please this amount of output is slowly making me depressed

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   Posted 2/13/2010 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok hi to all, i have an ileostamy bag that i had re-reversed last December i have had 2 previous as the reversal operations did not work and they have told me i would have a better quality of life with the ileostamy, but so far............. all i seem to be doing is the same as before with out the stoma and that is spending most of the day and all of the night stood at the loo emptying the darned thing and to be honest i thought the output should of slowed down by now i have tried numerous things, such as lopermide tablet and liquid form witch do not take any affect and i have also tried codeine phosphate and this powder thing that turns in to a thick sludge like thing when mixed with water and that is disgusting but the doctors and surgeon say their is nothing else they can proscribe apart from over night bags and to be honest at the age of 19 nearly 20 its not my ideal thing, i mean sleeping with the girlfriend and staying away from home would also complicate things, i haven't been able to stay away from home since the operation and its starting well it has for a while really annoying me as i cant sleep at all so im constantly tired and im constantly dehydrated and hungry but the more i drink/eat the more im at the loo and that is not what i need so i was wondering if any one could suggest a few things i could inform my doc to prescribe as its driving me crazy and i feel like ripping the thing out, thanks to all that have taken the time to help skull smhair confused shakehead shocked mad cry Tom x

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   Posted 2/13/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   

is your ostomy a loop, or temp osotmy?  What is your diet?



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   Posted 2/14/2010 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried thickening foods like bread, toast, bananas, rice, applesauce?? I heard some ostomates have good luck thickening output with eating marshmallows. Have you tried taking immodium in large doses? Surely somebody will come along to offer you more advice. I hope this gets better for you. How long have you had the ileostomy? I read it can take up to a year for your body to adjust.

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   Posted 2/14/2010 7:52 AM (GMT -7)   
What section of your small intestine is your ostomy from?

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   Posted 2/14/2010 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, the way I cope is to eat little and often rather than big meals,also I don't eat after 6pm so I don't have to get up in the night to empty. I use moreform sachets which you put in the bag which soaks up the liquid and forms into a gel so the liquid is not sloshing around I only empty twice a day then, you can get them from your supplier. If the output gets really watery i eat foods as suggested by answers4meTDR hope this had helped good luck and hope you get it sorted soon Bev x wink
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