Leaking from back passage

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   Posted 8/4/2010 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I had an ileostomy last Tuesday and have been leaking mucusy stuff and very light blood from my back passage since Sunday. (Usually only when I go to pee.) I was just wondering if it's normal to be leaking for this long (about four days so far) and how long you'd be leaking for it to not be normal anymore? Thanks!

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   Posted 8/4/2010 1:41 PM (GMT -6)   
If you have a temporary loop ileostomy it is normal. The diverted colon will produce mucous (and it could be tinged with blood) on a continual basis...some go daily to pass it and others can go a week or more before they feel the pressure to 'go'.

It's only been a week and you should find that it slows down.

Other than that, how are you feeling?
Crohn’s dx 1989
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Proctocolectomy in 2008

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   Posted 8/4/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
It's been five weeks since my ileostomy and I am still leaking. I saw my surgeon today for my post op visit. I thought I was leaking from my vagina and had made an appointment with my gyn doctor scheduled for tomorrow. My surgeon said it is very common to leak, sometimes for several weeks, and NOT to go to the gyn doctor because it is too soon after surgery and I don't need that extra probing around...YAAAA...I hate gyn visits anyway.
We may have had different operations. I had a total colectomy with permanent ileostomy. I have total confidence in my surgeon. He is head of the colorectal department of the University of Pa. Hospital in Philly and served his residency at the Cleveland Clinic and has been in practice for over thirty years. So do NOT fret....this is a common occurance

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   Posted 8/4/2010 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your replies, I feel better now! :)

I'm a bit uncertain of the actual name of my operation because I've heard a few words being thrown around. But basically, I had my entire large colon removed, but I'm having it reversed in about three months. So, I had a total colectomy with a temporary ileostomy, I think.

I'm doing okay, mostly just feeling tired, and walking hunched over like an old woman. :P Can't walk very far or stand for too long without it hurting, and don't have much of an appetite, but that's all to be expected. Had a bit of a hiccup with my pouch because the stoma is leaking from the bottom instead of the top, so the day i got out of hospital I panicked when I found my bag was leaking, and had to go back to the clinic to get a different kind of bag, one with a different shaped flange and a belt to hold it, and a washer if I need it. I'm changing it tomorrow morning so I'm a bit nervous about that, but my mum is going to help me, and my stoma nurse is wonderful, so we can always call her again if we have any problems. It's just getting used to it all, I suppose. :)

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   Posted 8/4/2010 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
total proctocolectomy with an ileoanal anastamosis is most likely what you have. The last term is just a fancy word for j-pouch.
21 y/o male livin' in Georgia. Diagnosed with Left-Sided Colitis in 2002; re-diagnosed with Pancolitis in Nov. 2009.
June 2010 I beat UC by having surgery.
Drugs tried: Just about every 5ASA medicine, enemas, prednisone, turmeric, fish oil, Remicade, psyllium seed powder, Metamucil.
Unable to take 6MP.
Step one of Jpouch surgery - 6/2/2010
Readmitted back to hospital because of blockage (my fault cause I ate Steak n Shake 3 days after being released from surgery) - 6/10/2010
Step two of Jpouch surgery - 9/?/2010
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