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bjm
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   Posted 1/29/2011 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my reversal 10 weeks ago and am having discomfort where my stoma was with diarreah. Is this normal??

Marsky
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   Posted 1/29/2011 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
By discomfort, do you mean at the site where your stoma was located? And by D do you mean D is coming out where your stoma was located?

If D is coming out the rectum, I can help you there. I had a temporary ostomy for 2 months and once reconnected, I experienced D. I eventually had to go on a low residue diet (still on it about 75% of the time, 11 years later). I discovered that high fiber was not good for my touchy gut and plain, low residue foods were good for my situation. My surgeon said it was fine to eat this way. I started a food journal and faithfully recorded every single thing I ate and drank for a 24 hour period. After a while I could pin point what were the foods that agreed with me the most and which ones to avoid.

But perhaps for now, more info from you might be needed to better help you. Lots of nice folks post on this forum. You'll receive answers.

Good luck to you.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg, twice daily + Probiotic: Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/Critical Care/80 Billion daily

bjm
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   Posted 1/29/2011 9:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Thanks very much for your reply. Yes the D is coming from the correct place and I am trying a low residue diet for the time being.

Marsky
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   Posted 1/29/2011 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Also, you might want to try very small, frequent meals, 4-6 per day and not 3 large ones. Try not to overwhelm your gut with large meals. I also recall reading that you should try to consume your daily liquids in between meals. Try just sipping water during a meal but not drinking a tall glass of water, etc.

I found that the LRD turned my situation around in 48 hours. Before that I was confined to my bathroom and bedroom. It was awful. I had been eating fresh fruit, high fiber breads, bagels, etc. and I was just a mess. Once I started eating white rice, bananas, cottage cheese, applesauce, plain roasted chicken, turkey, fish, I did much better. The stool was formed. I also recall my local bakery's white bread was perfect for my touchy gut. What I know we're not supposed to eat but my gut responded to it. To this very day a turkey sub on white sub bread can turn around D for me. It's as if my gut is telling me - I want white bread!

Over the years I have tried various things such as Fibercon (didn't help). A pediatric dose of Colace did and I'm still on it, it helps keep the stool to an easily passed consistency. I have to order it thru my local pharmacy (50 mg). I started taking a probiotic in pill form last May and highly recommend it. The one I am on and helps reduce D for me too, is Renew Life, Critical Colon, 80 Billion Count. Found at my local health food store in the chilled section (near organic yogurt and flaxseed oils). It's pricey, $47 for a bottle of 30, but worth it. You take this probiotic before bedtime, on a completely (this is important) empty stomach. The pill is encoated and will not open until it reaches the lower colon, just where I need it most and possibly you too. I read about the benefits of probiotics in pill form over on the ulcerative colitis forum here. Sure you can eat organic yogurt but you'd need to consume a gallon of it in one day's time to equal what you can take in pill form.

If I think of more suggestions I will post them.

I just learned that diet was the key to keeping my D down to a minimum. I never went back to my pre-ostomy bowel habits or diet (they removed 90% of my sigmoid and 15 inches of colon above it in my case, for cancer).

bjm
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   Posted 1/29/2011 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Many thanks again
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