Originally Posted by themisses
Briefly - since having a hysterectomy I have suffered from bowel problems. Have to digitate to have a BM and suffer daily from pain. I can not work due to these problems and dont have any quality of life. Due to a blood disorder, I can not have the necessary bowel surgery (rectoplexy) to fix these issues.
So my consultant has now suggested that I have a temp colostomy. It is so hard to make this decision myself. He has given me the necessary information and I have met with the stoma nurse as well. But I just want to hear from people who have been through this and are living with an ostomy.
Should I just carry on and try to live with the bowel problems I have or would a colostomy give me back my life (to a certain degree).
Please give me some help and advice so I can make this huge decision.
I don't have an ostomy but I have been a home health aide for 20 years and see clients with colostomies and ileostomies. They have their own issues to deal with like skin irritations from where the adhesive is against the skin, leakage around the ostomy,blockages at at stoma and infections around the stoma.
I do suffer from chronic constipation and IBS. The constipation has been a part of my life since I was a young child. I do understand the pain and discomfort from being constipated all the time. I now have changed my diet and bowel habits drastically in the last 10 months. I now make sure I get at least 64 oz. of water a day, 20- 30 grams of dietary fiber a day, a scheduled time to sit on the toilet every day for 30 minutes a day. I use slow deep breathing exercises which helps to make going so much painful than the constant straining forcing hard dry stool out. I also take Citrucel twice a day, eat 6 stewed prunes and a bowl of oatmeal with ground flax seed every day for breakfast. This daily routine does work but it does take extra time,patience, and vigilance on my part to keep the bowels working on a regular basis. If I go more than 24 hours without a bowel movement then by the end of the first day i use a glycerin suppository to make the stool softer to make it easier to go.