liquid bags on 8 imodium a day

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   Posted 10/1/2006 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi - I am going in on Wednesday for my reversal so really want it to go ok. 
PLEASE can anyone give me some reassurance - the surgeon said the output of the bag should not be more than 1 litre (about 2 pints) a day and some of the days I manage that.  BUT if I drink any liquid it just seems to end up straight in the bag as if my stomach does nothing at all.  Now I know the colon absorbed the water and salts and that's not there any more but I am worried that it is so liquid.  I can't see that I will be able to hold it and will be back to where I was with the ulcerative colitis.
I take 8 imodium (loperamide) a day but it just turns it from water into slightly thick gravy consistency (sorry!).  I also now have thrush and wondered if that is due to the imodium or is it something else?  I don't take any medication since I had the first op in February.
Also at the moment I have a lot of mucous coming from my anus - I usually manage to hold it ok but sometimes a bit slips out.  Not a problem with mucous but it would be after I am put back together. 
Can anyone reassure me that they had anything similar and managed ok after reversal???
Thanks in advance, gillian

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   Posted 10/1/2006 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   

What you are experiencing is totally NORMAL.  The reason why your current output is so liquid is that your stoma is very high up in the intestine.  Once you have your reversal you will have more length for food and liquids to travel giving you intestine more time to absorb fluids.  You might also want to try bulking agents after takedown.  Products like metamucil (take the recommended dose in only 1/4 cup of water), citrucel, and metamucil wafers will help absorb liquids and firm up your output. 

The mucous coming from your butt indicates you have healthy tissue down there.  Once you have your surgery and you have waste coming out, the mucous will not be as evident.  Everyone, even those with colons, have mucous it's just normally disguised in the bulk of stool.  Don't worry, sounds like you are right on track.


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   Posted 10/2/2006 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sue - nice to go in feeling a bit happier. Will keep you all posted. Best, gillian

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