THICK ILEOSTOMY POOP!!!!

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esoR
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   Posted 4/14/2011 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
OK, this is getting ridiculous. I have major issues with ileostomy effluent going from near normal poop consistency (as with someone using their colon) to VERY liquidy consistency.

Today I had 5 crackers, 3 jars of baby food meat (pudding type consistency of the food I mean), AND one can of tomato juice with no pulp. I had drunk a LOT of water earlier in the day.

Three hours went by and NO poop was coming out of my stoma. I felt fine, but a bit bloated. SO I had gator ade, grape juice, and 2 york peppermint patties. Then this HUGE LOAD of cement type poop finally came out after I walked and drank all this. I had no pain, no nausea, just the bit of bloat.

Over time (have had my ileostomy 3+ years now) do we loose our digestive juices? or what? It's not like I had a turkey dinner. I will ask my surgeon about this but I think he will be at a loss. There was no blockage, this was clearly a consistency issue (I think anyway).

Anyone else have this issue and if so, combinations of food I guess would be the answer but jeeee! ?????

Rosemary

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   Posted 4/14/2011 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
J has always had variations in his stool consistancy. Some days VERY thick, some days VERY liquid. I just thought it was normal since that is the way it has been for 2 1/2 yrs. Most days he just has small amount of yellow/green liquid (almost looks like bile) in the morning and then most of the time doesn't need emptied until late afternoon with variations in the consistancy. His diet is basically the same everyday. His fluid intake can vary. He has a sippy cup full at all times, but some days drinks more than others. He doesn't chew so he can only eat foods that I can smash easily which makes it very limited in what he can eat. At least I don't have to worry about him chewing foods well to avoid blockages.
22 year old developmentally delayed son with ileo since 2008
Dx'd with UC 2007

esoR
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   Posted 4/14/2011 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks J's mom. Rosemary

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   Posted 4/15/2011 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
     Hi Rosemary!  A few days ago my output was really thick!  I even wondered how it managed to ooze out my stoma.  That day I ate chicken for dinner with mashed potatoes and string beans.  I chew well, as always.  I thought I didn't drink enough fluid.  Maybe it was the mashed potatoes?  Keep a food diary and see how certain foods affect the output.

esoR
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   Posted 4/15/2011 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Christine,

It was likely the mashed potato that thickened you. I once got a food obstruction on mashed potato and had to walk for 6 hours and drink literally a gallon of hot tea then the potato came out into the bag all at once. Thankfully. Food log, good idea, am keeping one. Rosemary

stripey
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   Posted 4/15/2011 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine varies from liquid with the consistancy of water to very thick where it needs to be pushed out of bag when I empty it. Depends on what I eat and what drugs I have taken. If I find it too thick then drink more, too liquid then take immodium and codeine.

Christine, chicken and mashed potato are both low residue foods so will cause output to thicken.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

esoR
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   Posted 4/15/2011 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Just had chicken noodle soup, very well cooked and strained summer squash and an egg beater. Prior to that I drank a quart of juice and all is flowing well so far. So barring any issues I have no control over, I will just have to monitor what and when I eat and take in liquid. There has to be a way.

Stripey,

One time I had severe diarrhea from too much fake sugar and was putting out bag after bag of bile. It took 5 immodium over 2 hours to get it calm down. THEN later in the day everything turned to absolute concrete and I had to drink a gallon of caffeine tea and 2 quarts of grape juice. THEN the poop came out as thick as someone's poop who is going rectally from a colon. I thank god that my ileo stoma could handle that.. That was SCARY! RJ

Christine1946
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   Posted 4/15/2011 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
      WOW Rosemary, that IS scary!!

esoR
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   Posted 4/15/2011 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I know, I told my surgeon about this and he did the CT enterography and said all is open which is good, but do I not any longer possess digestive juices. I mean the whole thing with an ileostomy is that the poop should be somewhat liquidy or pudding like not like some hard colon stool. Jeeze. But no answers, Rosemary

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   Posted 4/16/2011 4:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes, it's thick, sometimes it's watery and sometimes it's inbetween. Just go with the flow :) As long as you ARE outputting, you're fine :)
Ileostomy for 34 years due to UC. I had my surgery at 10 years of age.

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esoR
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   Posted 4/16/2011 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, I pray that outputting keeps up as it has been, like you say, thin, thick whatever. RJ
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