Problems with stools

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   Posted 1/20/2007 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
 Can anyone help? Had an Illestomy in November still having some problems with stools. One day it will be liquid then the next pasty. Has anyone experienced this? Is there a solution.

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   Posted 1/21/2007 1:38 AM (GMT -6)   
If you have an ileostomy, what you're experiencing is perfectly normal. It really depends on what you've been eating and drinking. Stool with an ileostomy will be of a toothpaste like consistency at best. Mine can go from watery to pasty within the same day. I never worry about it. What will be, will be :)
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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   Posted 1/22/2007 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Shaz-

I get watery when I have salad or fresh fruit....and greasy, greasy food. Ask your ostomy nurse for a list of foods that will help thicken your stool. Off hand I know marshmellows will do this.

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   Posted 1/23/2007 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the information.
 Is there a secret to the days when it is too pasty? have tried fruit juices, increasing my fluid intake, and eating vegetables. Is there something else I could try?
This will be a permanent illeostomy so I would like to learn as much as I can.
It seems I empty a lot at night too. Is this normal? Sometimes it will be almost every hour to hour and half.
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