I had an end ileostomy performed 2 years ago after having the j-pouch for 19 years. Though the pouch worked well for the first 16 years, I began experiencing constant lower abdominal pain after eating, extreme urgency as well as moderate fecal incontinence which became unacceptable. Apparently the entrance to the pouch became strictured and could not be safely expanded. Having the ileostomy changed my life for the better nearly 100%. No pain and the ostomy is pretty easy to handle and I am totally pain free; I fee so much better now that I am j-pouch free.
The one problem I have is the constant drainage of mucus, causing me to change pads about 6 times a day. It is odorless and non-irritating to my butt, but still is very annoying and causes additional trips to the bathroom to change the pads. I looked into the Barbie-butt surgery but it seems complicated and with a long recovery. Some of the studies I've read also say it has a fair amount of complications.
Is there anyone with an end-ileostomy who has had success with reducing the amount of mucus discharge? I can't tell if it's diet related, but then I haven't tried to change my diet. By the way, I can eat ANYTHING without a problem.
Any thoughts or recommendations would be appreciated!