I started out with UC, then was diagnosed with both UC and Crohn's. Currently the GI concentrates on the Crohn's. I now have a colostomy.. I have had 3 colostomy surgeries. (2 were for obstructions) And yes...having a stoma improved my quality of life and helped alleviate some if the pain. Even with a colostomy My output is still very thick. Thankfully I now process each bite separately and it does not stay in the sigmoid or rectum where the water is reasorbed by the body... I still have to watch what I eat...low residue diet. Drink a gallon of water a day. I take Milk of Magnesia every 3rd day. I still keep a daily food journal. I now know what foods slow or speed things up-and I adjust my diet every meal to compensate.
Once my medical team helped me figure out what to eat, what signals from my body to watch for and a dosing schedule for the laxatives--it became much better. I have always fluctuated between D and C. Waiting until I hadn't gone caused so many issues--by that time your body is already in stress....and then trying to get your body to go....and then recovering from the laxatives with follow up D.... Shudder. Knock on wood. I hope I can avoid that as much as possible. I feel for you and totally understand some of your challenges.
I have only had my GI try to attribute something to IBS one time. I challenged him on it and he changed it back to IBD. So unsure on that part.
I hope you feel better soon.
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