fasting with ileostomy?

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blueglass
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   Posted 9/12/2011 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
The high holidays (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) are coming up, and I was wondering about fasting on Yom Kippur. I'm thinking it's probably a bad idea with an ileo (this would be no food or drink for 24 hours). I am not super observant, and even if I were, you're not supposed to fast if it'd hurt your health. But I'm just curious if anyone else has more info or has thought about this issue more....

I used to fast, since I was a kid, but the last few years, I fasted from food, but drank fluids, as I was too easily dehydrated w/all the diarrhea.

Now I'm not sure whether it's even a good idea to go without food, although I know a lot of people have done that prepping for medical things.... how is that?

I will ask my doctor too, but interested in your thoughts/experiences.
49 years old, female. Sick for way too long with Crohn's (or possibly UC) Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in Feb 2011. Perineal wound taking its time healing, but otherwise feel better than I have in years. I only take vitamins now, no drugs at all!

80sChick
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   Posted 9/12/2011 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd say that with the risk of dehydration, I'd definitely still drink. Unsure about the eating though.
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

momof14ever
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   Posted 9/12/2011 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
i think you can definately go without eating....... but drink gatorade or similar to keep up your sodium intake. you can live without eating just not without drinking. good luck and enjoy the holidays!!

Jackie_0mg
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   Posted 9/12/2011 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I think 24 hours isnt bad i look at it as how important is this holiday to you.
have you ever skipped the holiday and ate. For the fluid part i think throughout the day you should just drink 8 glasses of water because its water and you can still be hydrated :)
i have UC and am mentaly preping to get a j-pouch and i want to do the vegan thing but my body physically wont allow me im doing vegetarian now but its a little of a strungle.
but i thinkyou should be fine . tell us how it goes!

blueglass
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   Posted 9/13/2011 6:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Jackie, I was a vegetarian for about 25 years but started eating fish due to IBD -- just so many things I couldn't eat anymore. I'm not sure how it will be with a j pouch, but w/the ileo, I am pretty much being back vegetarian. Although, i couldn't eat dairy when I was sick, and I really like cheese, so not vegan.... but I am eating beans again, veggie burgers, and all kinds of things I couldn't have for years.

Thanks for advice re fasting. I have to think of what I'll do. I find that I don't relate to the holiday so much anymore.... part of the point of fasting is to make you suffer a bit and empathize w/others who suffer, and well, I think I had that covered this year....
49 years old, female. Sick for way too long with Crohn's (or possibly UC) Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in Feb 2011. Perineal wound taking its time healing, but otherwise feel better than I have in years. I only take vitamins now, no drugs at all!

stripey
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   Posted 9/14/2011 9:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I have had to fast for what was nearly 24 hours for a MRI earlier in year as appt was so late in afternoon. I was allowed to drink though and my GI said drink clear fluids up to 6 hours before. So, I don't think fasting from food will be an issue but think you need to keep up fluids and actually drink more than you would normally as you won't be getting any fluid from food.

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   Posted 9/14/2011 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
hi blueglass,

last kippur i was 2 plus months post ileo op (ileostomy) and had no problems fasting, but i did drink! i do all 6 fast days, but i drink water. no problems. happy holidays and shana tova :):)
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy
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