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08-03-2012, 02:14 AM   #1
lotte26
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Constipation with a Stoma

Hey guys...
Just had to share this with someone, but have any of you had bad constipation with a stoma?

I've been getting constipated a lot lately, and MAN does it hurt when it is about to come out. Its like the worst crohns pain... but its not crohns pain... Kinda how i imagine contractions feel like. Is it like this for anyone else?

So lame! Not used to being constipated... Any tips?

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Crohn's disease since 2002, with multiple fistulae

25 May '11 : colostomy formed, 70cm bowel removed + 50cm ileum removed.

16 October 2015 - open parastomal hernia surgery to be performed

Past Failed Meds: Pentasa, azathioprine, methotrexate, Humira.

Current Meds: Humira, azathioprine, fluoxetine, Brevinor, Fish oil, melatonin
08-03-2012, 03:06 PM   #2
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Charlotte, I've heard of a few folks with constipation problems with colostomy's. You can 'irrigate' it actually. But, I think the stoma nurse will have to show you how the first time.

I bet that is painful!!! Damnation, I dont envy you.
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08-03-2012, 03:07 PM   #3
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Also forgot to add (not on my own computer here, sorry) stool softeners.
08-05-2012, 10:26 AM   #4
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Hi I didn't think you could get constipated with a stoma? I'm probs wrong again lol xx
08-06-2012, 02:46 AM   #5
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Nope you definitely can! And it SUCKS! I don't know if people with an ileostomy can get constipated but i have a colostomy which means i still have some large intestine. Oh and Misty, have you ever irrigated? It kinda freaks me out. blergh! lol
08-06-2012, 03:05 AM   #6
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Oh right thanks for that I have an ileostomy they removed all of my large intestine!:/ x
08-06-2012, 12:00 PM   #7
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No I havent irrigated! But I reckon it must be like just jetting some water in there. I'd try the stool softeners first! Did you ring the stoma nurse yet?
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