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Old 10-04-2012, 04:14 PM   #1
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Total Colectomy hydration

Over the last several years, I have been unable to maintain a healthy balance of moisture in my system. My skin gets sooo itchy(especially my legs), my eyes require frequent moisturizing, and I'm fatigued more than usual.
I'm aware of the extra task forced upon the small intestine to absorb moisture when the large intestine has been removed, but I just can't get my system to retain the moisture to be comfortable. It's almost at that point where I may need a specialist.
But, before I go to that extreme, I thought there may be someone out there who can relate to this condition, and provide recommendations. Drinking alot of water has not worked. Nor has applications of at least 10 different types of topical lotions(including goats milk soap, and oatmeal baths).
-any suggetions?

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Re: Total Colectomy hydration

Perhaps you can coax your kidneys to conserve more water by increasing your salt intake a little. Your intestine may be absorbing all it can. If you have no reason to avoid salt, like high BP or heart failure, that may help some, as water stays where salt is. Another thing that may help is to increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids either thru foods or taking fish oil supplements. Adding some fat to your diet (the good kind) may help your skin be less itchy. Also avoid wool and lanolin, if you have a tendency to eczema, as that will aggravate it. You might want to ask your Dr to check your electrolytes just to make sure they are not off balance.

 
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Old 10-05-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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Perhaps you can coax your kidneys to conserve more water by increasing your salt intake a little. Your intestine may be absorbing all it can. If you have no reason to avoid salt, like high BP or heart failure, that may help some, as water stays where salt is. Another thing that may help is to increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids either thru foods or taking fish oil supplements. Adding some fat to your diet (the good kind) may help your skin be less itchy. Also avoid wool and lanolin, if you have a tendency to eczema, as that will aggravate it. You might want to ask your Dr to check your electrolytes just to make sure they are not off balance.
Thank you. We(it's always my wife and I) do make a conscious effort to eat a healthy, balanced diet. However, living without a colon tends to make me think twice about following suggested diets for those with their colon intact. I don't have high blood pressure or any form of heart issues, so I will increase my salt intake, as suggested.
Every friday is our fish night. I also have been taking 2000 mg of cod liver oil daily. Would you recommend that I increase my intake?
We both avoid wool and lanolin.
Leg cramps have been annoying me for years. I didn't realize I had an issue with potassium until I was hospitalized before I had kidney failure(dehydration caused by a flu). The cramps in my arms and legs were so intense it would cause me to pass out. Anyway, it was suggested that I drink Gatorade and take a potassium supplement. I take 99mg in the morning and again at night. Would you recommend that I increase my intake of the potassium?
This is the first time I have reached out for advise. It's not easy for me. (I've re-written this several times, already).
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Old 10-05-2012, 06:54 PM   #4
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Re: Total Colectomy hydration

You don't need to worry about making your posts perfect, as long as you get the point or question across. I am glad you reached out. The potassium question is tricky, because if your kidneys are not functioning well now, high K+ can occur. The amount you are taking is low, and more could be taken if 1) your measured K+ runs low in blood and 2) your kidney function is ok. The most I would take is 4 a day (99mg=2.5 meq) so 4 would be 10 meq. without having a K+ check done on blood. Up to 20 meq /day is used sometimes, but the Gatorade has K+ too, so don't want to overdo it. The other minerals that can be deficient and cause cramps are calcium and Magnesium. Up to 1200 mg Ca++ a day can be safely taken as long as you haven't had kidney stones, and up to 800mg MG++ a day. As for cod liver oil, I would not increase that as you are taking a more than adequate dose. I hope others with more nutritional ideas for you chime in.

 
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