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Colostomy And ‘Popping’

Hi all

was wondering if you can help me, i have a colostomy now for 3 months and will have it for a further 3 months and then will have it reversed.  I have been off work for these first 3 months but will be returning next week and am absolutely terrified of my stoma ‘popping’ at the wrong moment like in a meeting etc – how does one prevent this from happening ??? No one knows at work about my stoma as dont feel confident enough to explain it all to them as they all my age and guys.  Food wise what should I avoid for gas or are there tablets etc that you can take to control it?  any tips or advice would be lovely.  PS have heard that peppermint tea is good?

Saffa

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Colostomy And ‘Popping’

Considering A Colostomy And Have Questions

Hi!  I am considering having a colostomy and would like to know the good, the bad and the ugly.  I have a spinal cord injury at the C6-7 level so have no control over my bowel.  It has been 16 years now and I have been manually evacuating my bowels, but now things are changing and I am considering a colostomy.  Right now I do manual evacuation every other night and it can take up to 2 hours to complete so it really cuts into what I can do socially.  I am hoping that the colostomy will give me more freedom to go out and do things, but I am also afraid of the unknown.  I see a surgeon on Monday to discuss the surgery, but I know that the best source of info comes from the people that have been there and done that…so I am hoping you will give me feedback and let me know all the good, bad and ugly things that can come from having a colostomy.

Thanks!

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Irrigation With A Colostomy

I was very unwell yesterday. At midday I started having terrible contractions and my stoma stopped working. Then the pain increased so that it was a constant pain for 1 hour. Then I threw up and the pain  lessened only to increase agin within 10 minutes This went on till 9pm when air finally escaped from the stoma and the pain stopped.. This scenario happens every month or so. I use to go up the hospital where they put me on morphone and keep me in for observation in case the bowel bursts but I no longer do that. I keep my fingers crossed the blockage will unblock itself. It always has unblocked itself. My surgeon said I had a lot of adhesions and there is nothing surgically they can do for me. I have palpatations anyway at the thought of any more operations. I take buscapan for the pain but it did not help at all yesterday.
Does anyone else have this problem. ??
I was thinking of trying irrigation. Before I make an appointment with my stoma nurse I would like to know if other people irrigate and if it works. I am frightened of doing it but I am terrified each time my bowel plays up.
I appreciate any help you cvan give.
Thanks
Maureen

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Colostomy

Do you ever forget you have a colo
sotmy?  Mine seems to hurt all the time.  I sseems to burn and bleed a lot.  Is that normal?  I have had it for about a year and a half and I still have trouble with.  Can you be allergic to the thing that sticks to your stomach?  Thanks

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Colostomy Reversal

Hi Everyone. I had my colostomy reversal on Jan. 30th and am still in the hospital. All indications so far are that it will be successful. The pain isn’t as bad as the initial surgery in October so I am hoping my recovery will be better as well.  I had a low sigmoid ostomy following a diverticular abscess that would not respond to draining or antibiotics. It has been quite an ordeal. I will keep you posted on my daily progress if that would be helpful to those of you who are scheduled for this. Three days out I am on full liquids, IV’s, ambulation as tolerated and very little pain medication. Small amts of stool today that were bloody but was told this is normal at first. I am looking forward to better and better days.

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Colostomy Reversal

Colostomy Reversal

I have a colostomy and have had it now for about 2 months.  My surgeon said it can be reversed and I have a follow up with her in January to hopefully begin the process of testing for the reversal.  She said at my last visit though that sometimes they have to do an ileostomy because things need to heal.  I am so scared that I will go into surgery and wake up with this.  I also am fearful that even though she said it can be reversed what if they can’t do it?  I am only 42 and this has affected me greatly.  I am so depressed and anxious all the time.  I just want to be myself again without the bag.  Has anyone with a colostomy went in for reversal and had to have a temporary ileostomy?  Any advice would be helpful.  Any tips on accepting this until the reversal?  I ahm so depressed and don’t want to go anywhere or do anything.  I am happy to be alive but I can’t seem to shake this depression.

Thanks 

Lori

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Colostomy Reversal & Hernia Repair

Hi , my name is pippa and I am looking for advise and other people’s opinion on colostomy reversal & hernia repair it will be getting done all at the same time, which I think is good.

I had a colostomy last July through emergency surgery its a long story so will get to the point I had septicimia, septic shock, all my major organs were starting to close down lots and lots of complications anyway am having my reversal in october. Not to mention I am very scared about the whole thing but realise it has to be done I have had  the nescessary tests and am good to go. My questions are:-

1. How long does it take to recover ( I think around six weeks but not sure )

2. What is the success rate of colostomy reversal but more important the Hernia repair.

3. My surgeon has said he is going to do a Pig Mesh ( Laboratory Grown ) over my hernia. Please understand I am soooo nieve to all this and when he explained things I thought I was taking it all in but you come out thinking " I dont remember what he said " so if anyone can shed some light on my questions especially this last question would be ever so greatful. Anyway information about this mesh would be so helpful .

Once again thanks in advance Pippa .

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