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   Posted 2/9/2011 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had my colon removed in Jan. and have an illeostomy,what colors do you experience from the waste in pouch?

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   Posted 2/9/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
All colors...brown, green, red, yellow...just depends on what I eat.
Diagnosed 2006. 1st step of 2 step j-pouch 1/3/11. 2nd step will be in April! So done with this disease.

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   Posted 2/9/2011 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I had green at first before I was eating solid foods. I was told that that was normal. Since then, they've mainly been normal brown stool color, except...
Anyone have blackish output?
I have and my nurse is convinced it's due to my taking iron, however I've been taking iron for weeks and the blackish stools just showed up in the past few days, so I don't feel so reassured.
Diagnosed with UC in 2007
Flare in 2007 causing anemia requiring blood transfusions, eventually controlled by asacol and 6-MP.
Flared again in 2009 as 6-MP lost effectiveness, went on TPN and received more blood. Started Remicade, which induced remission.
Flared 2010; Remicade no longer effective.
Had 1st surgery of 3 step j-pouch at CC on 1/19/11. 2nd slated for April, and j-pouch in July!

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   Posted 2/9/2011 3:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Green and yellow at first. Anything with red will look like blood. Don't worry. Raspberry sherbet makes it psychadelic green! I kid you not. As you adjust, it is mostly brown depending on what you eat.


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   Posted 2/9/2011 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
black can be from chocolate or lots of dark food, ice cream, regardless of the flavor (except strawberry) gives me black output. So does coke or BBQ sauce.
blue food coloring gives me this neon green stuff that smells horrible!!!
cake or doughnuts is this light yellow pasty mess, and m&ms and frootloops are a mystery, you never know what you might get! :D
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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   Posted 2/10/2011 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had a variety of colors....grape juice makes it even smell like grapes......the colors of the Trixiemom
have loop ileostomy
diagnosed with colon inertia
2 mo out and feeling great

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   Posted 2/10/2011 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel bad that I dont get all those fancy colours !!!

elddiReMsihT - my experience is that taking Iron does yield a black result - just checked the bumf with my iron tablets & dark output is listed as a possibility for everyone not just us priveleged few

UC since 1990, not a lot of fun
Qualified as ileostomate May 2010, a much happier boy now
panproctocolectomy, abdomino perineal resection, perm ileostomy
am older, wiser & healthier for this second chance at life & am not gonna mess it up
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