Yeah I also did lots of research too but it is so good to know of others going through similar ordeals - it makes you feel less alone.
I had an open surgery back in March 2009 - my reversal was 23 sept just gone. Yes it is true people with history of colonic inertia may still lean towards being constipated compared with people with other diseases...but things are changing for me daily - only just over a week ago i was crying in despair... but you got to give your body a chance.
It took a couple of weeks before i was eating properly and I started eating anything i wanted at the weekend just gone - i dont see the point of restricting foods - i wasnt told not to. I know my bowel was very slow waking up and i still have a way to go. but i figure i eat what agreed with me when i had the bag. I am eating low residue diet i suppose. So white bread, vegetable soups, cooked veg, a little salad foods etc i dont eat fruit as again it bloats me - weird i know. so i try to get my nutrients from cooked veg.
Fibre - even with the bag - never really agreed - i would get bloated - that is all - and i HATE that feeling.. So, i dont think certain foods are constipating per se - you have to find what works for you - but i know raw foods can be a strain on a weak digestive system.
However, if you have a history of adhesions in the bowel then i know for a fact you need to be careful judging by past members' stories.
The bonus is i have no gas now - but i did A LOT with the bag - how strange. I suspect the extra bit of bowel absorbs it? I never do well eat a lot in one go.
I am still having probs with tummy ache since the reversal.
No i never had my small bowel tested for some reason.
You go girl !! you certainly told them - i understand about drs just not being bothered etc and not listening - i really understand about wanting to get the intestine out yourself!! What is wrong with these people?
It took four hospitals and 10 years to eventually find out what was wrong with me! I never heard of slow transit consitpation until 2006 when i was first diagnosed and then he said i was too young (what? to have a life?) for a colectomy.
Then that idiot referred me to a Professor who specialised in it and the rest is history.
Hope you are doing well today.
Karen 48 years old
1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Pelvic Floor repair
2006: STARR surgery for mucosal prolapse/Obstruction/diagnosed slow transit constipation
2007: Sigmoid resection-partial volvulus resulting in worsening of colonic inertia (cleared obstruction though)
March 2009: Loop Ileostomy
23 Sept 2010: Ileostomy reversal