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New member / ileo problem

Postby Garyh4700 » Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:29 am

Hi , I had a ileostomy on the 28th of November had a few post op issues with my bowels not waking up then a bad infection that put me back in hospital for a week .got home a couple of days before Christmas and been recovering fine .over the last few days I've been getting the phantom poops and normal discharge but yesterday morning I had a real bad urge so ran the loo and passed a little wind and what looked like stool but later in the day it was back to normal discharge but still the bad feeling of needing to go .then this afternoon same again passed some wind and very little stool like coloured discharge .is this normal for a loop ileostomy? I'm obviously going to ring the stoma nurse tomorrow but for now my head is battered and confused.

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Re: New member / ileo problem

Postby KimT » Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:17 pm

You might try the discussion boards at

This board is not super active anymore and not all of us have ostomies. A former member who passed a couple months ago used to direct people here for ostomy questions and concerns. Best of luck.
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Re: New member / ileo problem

Postby tminor5 » Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:48 pm

Yes you can still have movements with a loop ileo. My husband had more with his ileo then with his colostomy. Don’t know why. But it is normal.
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Re: New member / ileo problem

Postby Rock_Robster » Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:47 pm

Yes this is generally considered normal, provided the movements aren’t bloody or overly painful. The “inactive” portion of colon you have can still produce its own mucus (looks a bit like a pale gel), that can need to be expelled. I also get gas with my ileo - both in the bag and passed normally. Finally there is also the small possibility of some stoma output re-entering the opening into the lower colon (as both ends of the ‘loop” stoma are diverted into your bag). This may end up looking more like a normal bowel movement, but should be modest in quantity.
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Re: New member / ileo problem

Postby NHMike » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:06 pm

The ilesotomy is a cut and fold so one tube turns into two tubes, one upper and one lower. The idea is that waste flows into the bag from the upper tube into the bag. Waste can flow into the lower tube and then go through your large intestine and then out your rectum. This can happen when the level of waste rises above ileostomy. So making sure that it doesn't get too full can reduce the odds of this happening. What I used to do is to sleep on a memory foam triangular wedge which kept my upper body higher than my waist so that waste didn't flow back to the top via gravity. I also set alarms to wake up in the middle of the night twice to empty the bag.

I found that some things can encourage mucous - for me it was dairy.
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