Probiotics

September 2017 – Probiotics Question: Thank-you for being available to take questions. I am 65 and have had an Ileostomy for 6 yrs. I have had Crohn’s for 35 years and Ankylosing Spondylitis for 5 or more years. So, I face many indirect over-the-counter pharmaceutical costs that I try to struggle to manage. There has […]

Bowel Movement with a new Ileostomy

August 22, 2017 Question: I just had an ileostomy three weeks ago and just had a bowel movement (only one turd) plus brown, poopy mucus. Is this normal? Response: You and your body are only 3 weeks post surgery, it will take awhile to adjust both physically and psychologically to your new body function change. […]

Ostomy Bulge

July, 2017 Question: My colostomy bulges out like a large breast from my stomach. Is there a product made that can hold in this bulge even for an hour or so when I am out doing errands? Is there any harm in wearing such a product? Response: When you mention your colostomy bulges out like […]

Blockages

July, 2017 Question: I have an ilesotomy and do have a hernia, have had 4 blockages this spring and am nervous about diet and different food’s effects with regard to blockages or diarrhea. Response: Illeostomy – Dealing with a potential blockage: After an ileostomy is created, it may be harder to digest foods that are […]

Stoma Length Change

July, 2017 Question Is it normal for a stoma to change in length over time? Response No two stomas are exactly the same. But, all stomas do share similarities. They have the same basic shape – round or oval, and most stomas either protrude from the skin several centimetres, or are flush with the skin. […]