I had surgery for colorectal cancer on Aug 22
I recently heard about colostomy irrigiation and I am very interested. Should a macrobiotic diet prevent me from colostomy irrigation?
1) Because my rectum was removed, my behind was sewed up, that is, sealed. I feel constant low-grade pain when I try to sit or walk. My question: will my behind eventually stretch and adjust and feel completely normal?
2) I feel as if something is pulling me up front where my stoma is.
Welcome to Healing Well, Benjamin!
My APR surgery in Feb'06 for anal cancer, resulting in permanent colostomy, sounds very much like your situation - except I didn't need chemo/rad. I'm doing great - swam all summer, etc, much like before my diagnosis. I did macrobiotic years ago, but that was so long ago I can't attribute to it.
Your behind will be fine with a little more time. Make it a point to sit on flat, solid, surfaces ... no fluffy pillows or donuts, otherwise you could have too much stretch which would allow your innards to drop further into the new rectal cavity.
The only suggestions I would have about abdominal pulling would be #1, your muscles are healing, #2, you've gained enough weight to increase the distance between abdominal wall and stoma, and #3, the developing scar tissue inside is causing some restrictions.
I've purchased my irrigation kit, but have been travelling a lot this summer and haven't taken the time to use it. I don't know that your diet would be a major issue. There are a lot of irrigators on Ostomyland who could better answer your question; or perhaps Shaz, whose friend wrote the complete how-to guide. It's a matter of training your bowel with regular irrigation. Whether you'd get 24/48 or more hours without output is questionable - but 24 hours just wearing a patch (like a big band aid) or a stoma cap, would be a blessing!