Common Ostomy Problems and Their Treatment

Common Ostomy Problems and Their Treatment

Man-having-a-stomachache.jpgAn ostomy is a surgically created opening in the abdominal wall and the intestines. The most common forms of this opening connect either the large intestine or the small intestines to the abdominal wall. There are several common ostomy problems including the following:

  • Mucous and bleeding from the rectum
  • Odor
  • Bleeding
  • Food blockages
  • Phantom rectal pain
  • Mucous and bleeding from the rectum

Though this problem can be annoying, it is a quite normal if the rectum is still intact. A possible solution to this problem might be wearing a sanitary napkin to avoid soiling your underwear. In case the problem becomes profuse it’s advisable to see your doctor.

Odor
Foul smell emanating from the opening is another ostomy problem. This can, however, be remedied by placing mint mouthwash or tic tac in your bag. Deodorants, either placed in your bag or taken orally are available from your local or online stores. However, do, not place any aspirin in your pocket or bag in an attempt to get rid of the odor. If you do so, the aspirin can damage your stoma.

Bleeding
It is vital to first determine if the blood is coming from the surface of your stoma or the bleeding is internal. If the latter is the case, it’s advisable to seek medical help. But if the blood is coming from the
surface of your stoma, it should stop rather quickly.

Food blockages

Here, symptoms may vary; they may include no output from your stoma for a duration not exceeding four hours. You might also experience cramping of your abdomen, vomiting or nausea and high watery output. To deal with this problem, it is advisable to drink hot tea and enhance your fluid input. Doing so will help your muscles to relax. You can also try going down on all your fours with your backside facing up; it helps some people to get rid of the blockage. But again, if the blockage goes on for more than a couple of hours, seek medical assistance.

Phantom rectal pain
In this case, you are unable to go to the toilet the usual way because your body your needs to adjust to the new reality. You can try sitting on the toilet as usual though, of course, you know the actual biological function of relieving yourself won’t work. However, to some people doing this alleviates the pain. The good thing about phantom rectal pain is that over time it will subside and disappear altogether.

Though this list is not exhaustive, it covers the major ostomy problems but more importantly it shows clearly that it is possible to manage these problems. However, just like with any other medical conditions, if a problem persists consult your doctor immediately.

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