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Arundinaria
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 9/5/2007 3:47 PM (GMT -7)   
HiI have been doing pretty well with my colostomy until the last few days.  Now all of a sudden I am getting a great deal of gas.  I have had three burst bags in the last few days.  Fortunately it was between pouch fillings and they were mostly gas.  I have been eating dry cereal for breakfast, generally a fruit shake for lunch and for dinner usually a fruit plate and cottage cheese and occasionally, chicken vegetable and small potatoe
 
But my diet hasn't changed much for quite a while.  The problem is not too bad, because other than a little discharge on my clothes  I am not making messes, but the gas fills up the bag so quickly that I rarely have time to burp it beefore it auto destructs.  Any idea why ?
Arundinaria
When there are no more choices, tha decision is easy!


flchurchlady
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 9/5/2007 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Arundinaria,
I'm sorry this is happening to you all of a sudden. When looking at your diet, the fruit shake jumped out as something that might have a lot of bubbles, since it's been whipped up in a blender. Also, do you drink any carbonated beverages? You can try eliminating or cutting down on the shakes (and the sodas, if you drink them) and see if that helps.

You can also take Gas-X or Beano to diminish gas. What size pouch do you use? If it's a mini pouch, it won't be able to hold as much air as a larger one will. I use a maxi pouch at night, and it's full of air when I wake up in the morning. I've never had one burst, but I've come close several times.

Good luck!
Cecilia
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


Arundinaria
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Total Posts : 160
   Posted 9/5/2007 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Cecilia

I don't drink soda very much. I do like Diet Tonic, but I don' consume much of it. The fruit shakes are nothing more than a little milk and a few pieces of frozen fruit. I am using a hollister two piece system and the bag is pretty good size. The thing that puzzles me is that I have not changed much of anything. It just started.. The only thing new is a ostomy hernia belt.. It does put some pressure on my abdoman

Saw your picture the other day. You look like someone who is enjoying life. Thanks.
Arundinaria (Ralph)
When there are no more choices, tha decision is easy!


flchurchlady
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   Posted 9/5/2007 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Ralph. I do enjoy life and even more now that I'm not sick. That picture was taken at the Nickelodeon Hotel in Orlando. There was a family up on stage about to be covered in green slime, and we were cheering them on!

If the belt is the only thing that's new, maybe it's the culprit? Could you try a day without it and see what happens? Could it be faulty bags? Another thought is that milk products can make some people gassy and so can fruit.

Good luck, and keep us posted on what you find out.
Cecilia

peggy113
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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 9/6/2007 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Ralph,

Are you chewing any gum? Are you using a straw to drink your fruit shake, or any other beverages? Gum and straws can also cause gas. Just a thought,
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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