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    Constipation with Colostomy

    It seems to be an ongoing battle. About every other month I seem to plug up. I have tried irrigating with little to no luck. Nothing seems to come out. I watch what I eat. I don't eat any bread or cheese. I keep track in a daily chart of my intake and output. I take a stool softener after every meal. Ostomy nurse suggested trying Metamucil once every other day. That seemed to work for a while but now not so much. I have also started taking Align probiotic about a month ago. That seems to help a little bit. Anybody have any suggestions?
    Thanks, Clint
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    Senior Member pfcs49's Avatar
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    Recently that started happening to me.
    My pharmacist suggested suppositories which seem to work well.
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    keeping well hydrated works for me, I noticed when I'm not things dry up.
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    I take Metamucil twice a day, after lunch and after dinner. It causes a little more gas but bowel routines are no longer a problem and I rarely have accidents.

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    Two things yo might want to add or try are - 1. making sure that you are upright when you irrigate or use a suppository and 2.) try to keep as active as you can. I know your injury level may make that difficult, but any activity is better than none.


    Another thought that I just had is to look at your medications and see if the cumulative side effect of constipation is there.


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    My only medication is oxybutynin (Ditropan). Would that have any effect?
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    Ditropan definitely could impact your bowel program. One of the side effects is dryness. There are other medications out there that are not considered anti-cholinergic without that side effect but a similar effect on your bladder. I would check with your urologist to see if there is something else that you could try.
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    I talked to my urologist and he is switching my medication. While waiting for the new prescription my guts started working more normally. So I believe it was the Ditropan that was causing my problems. Thanks.
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    I thought the whole benefit of having a colo include no constipation ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim C. View Post
    I thought the whole benefit of having a colo include no constipation ?
    There a whole lot of benefits but I've never heard that as the "whole benefit". Constipation is rare and easy to deal with. Diarrhea with a colostomy is SO much easier to deal with than without, no comparison. Regardless, we'll never convince you of any of the benefits.
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