Can Ostomates get constipated? Can it cause a blockage?

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   Posted 6/24/2010 2:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I just got on a new medication for my bladder problems that lists constipation as a side effect. I have not had much output today and am feeling a little bloated, though not as bad as when I had my obstruction a few weeks ago. I was just wondering what constipation would be like and what the risks are with it...obviously with Crohn's disease I never experienced constipation in my life! I'm kind of nervous and unsure of what I should do.
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 6/24/2010 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Stephaine!
Drink lots of water! As a former Crohn's sufferer I never knew what constipation was either...hahahaha.
With lots of fluid intake you and Zoe should be great.

RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."

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Date Joined Feb 2007
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   Posted 6/30/2010 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Grape juice; grape juice; grape juice is what my ostomy nurse recommended and it's always worked for me. Drink eight ounces the first and second hour and then wait about an hour and a half to see if you get results. It's a balancing act not to get yourself into a situation where you're sitting on the loo for an hour draining the bag the whole time but it has never not worked for me. Good luck!

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 7/1/2010 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, grape juice is THE laxative for ileostomates. Like Cleo says, don't over-do though, have a glass then see what happens. I get nervous if effluent even thickens then I slug grape juice and end up outputting bag after bag; no nutrients have time to absorb and I dehydrate. Chocolate has the same action for me as does gator ade. I sooo know what she is talking about. Rosemary
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