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beachtrip1
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   Posted 7/25/2010 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
 
This is probably going to be a little graphic, but I decided I could be graphic with my new friends here so here goes...
 
On Thursday, I had diarrhea... when that subsided, things seemed to begin to go back to "normal".  I think I may have given myself a blockage because on Wed night, I had salad for dinner; then on Thursday I ate rice and some applesauce, then ate the rice and applesauce  leftovers on Friday.  I have had no output since yesterday, so I have taken a light laxative as instructed upon my release from the hospital last month.  The belly is growling like it is about to start something, so I am hopeful...
 
Has anyone else had this problem and how long before you called your doctor or ostomy nurse?  This is the only surgery I have ever had other than a tonsilectomy at the age of 6, so I'm trying to deal with things and not be such a baby calling the nurse all the freakin time.  Any advice?
 
Thanks!
~ Anne

answers4me2
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   Posted 7/25/2010 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you have an ileostomy or a colostomy?
Diagnosed w/colonic inertia, obstructive defecation syndrome, anismus, rectocele, and intussusecption
2005-hysterectomy w/pelvic prolapse repairs
2006-sacralcolopopexy
2010-subtotal colectomy, rectopexy, and temporary diverting loop ileostomy
Take-Down-TBA
 


beachtrip1
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   Posted 7/25/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a colostomy.

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/26/2010 4:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't use laxatives and was not given instructions for them...but I have an ileo.

What I do when I suspect a SBO is drink either Ginger Ale or a VERY strong coffee. That usually moves things along. Some on the forum swear by grape juice.

I hope you are feeling better!
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008


beachtrip1
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   Posted 7/26/2010 4:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the tips, OHIO76... I will keep them in mind in case this happens again! 

Allison77
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   Posted 7/26/2010 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a colostomy as well and will go a day or so with little to no output. If the tummy's growling just drink some black strong coffee and things start moving! I was pretty constipated for the first few months after surgery. Lots of hard "nugget's of goodness" Now however it's mostly very soft stool and if I have something going on during the day i'll take a codiene (the plug you up kind, not the pain kind!) to firm everything up otherwise I just let Oscar do his thing.

-Allie
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."


beachtrip1
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   Posted 7/27/2010 10:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Allie!  I have been experiencing those "nuggets" too, and have been concerned about the "no movement" days.  Everything I read told me if I didn't have a stool for 5-6 hours that I needed to call my nurse or doctor... I just thought it would be silly... so I am really glad to hear that it can be "normal" to NOT go.
 
~ Anne
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