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Colostomy help?

lmliess's picture
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Joined: Dec 2008

Hello - I was wondering if any of you out there with colostomies might have any hints on avoiding gas pain and constipation? I thought I was doing fine then I woke up Tuesday feeling constipated so I took some Milk of Magnesia. Then the cramps came like crazy. I ended up calling the dr and they had me go in for an XRAY. Which just showed constipation. But the pain was actually unbearable so they admitted me and gave me morphine and Miralax. I was let go today but I never want to get that pain again!! I am thinking more water, prune juice and walking, but wanted to check if you all had any hints?

lizbiz's picture
Posts: 121
Joined: Aug 2008

I use Miralax pretty religiously; it's kind of expensive, but it works better than any laxative I've ever tried - and I've pretty much tried them all. I also so some yoga/pilates stretching (that seems to get things "flowing"). And, yes, be sure to drink plenty of water.

There was something else I was going to post, but I can't remember what it was. Chalk it up to chemo brain.

When I remember I'll be sure to post...stupid chemo!

Hugs and prayers,

Posts: 1961
Joined: Aug 2003

Lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet? Real dried prunes rather than prune juice?

I think the lots of water and walking are also great suggestions.

Unfortunately, there's some trial and error involved.

Good luck! Hope you never have to experience THAT again.


Buzzard's picture
Posts: 3073
Joined: Aug 2008

I was having trouble for 4-5 days with it and my onc gave me a prescription for "Polypropolene Glycol" in the powder form and I used a cap full 2 days prior and 4 days post chemo..It smoothed me right out. It is undetectable when mixed with orange drink or any other beverage and it works great and it not very aggressive. It was about $8 co pay and well worth it. It took about 2 days to start working but all is well now.................God Bless ya

tiny one
Posts: 467
Joined: Jan 2009

Yogurt is supposed to be good for anyone who has had colon surgery. I try and eat some every day. I have heard others talk about flax seed being good too. It takes awhile to get used to new plumbing. I had an ileostomy, I was pretty lucky in that I didn't have many problems with it. The reversal was another story though. God bless.

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