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I had  my takedown just 5 days ago (I know, it is still very early to be writing about this) but the past 24 hours I have had zero control over my bowel movements that are coming every 30 minutes. With my ostomy I still extracted multiple times a day from my rectum and had all the control over that.  Diet is pretty simple, just like how I did it for step 1 surgery.   So far I have a 50% chance of making it to the bathroom. Does this sound par for the course, or should I be concerned? 

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Thank you for the advice. With my ostomy I was still expelling waste through my rectum multiple times during the day with complete control (after practice) so I felt like that should have helped prepare for this step. The past 24 hours I would say  I’ve had 14 bms and I’ve maybe controlled half.  I think at first I was missing the signal thinking it was gas, but now I’m just sprinting to the bathroom after any feeling. Sometimes I make it, and sometimes just standing up makes it come out.   No medications, but I’ll put more of a reign on my diet. I think part of me realizes this is normal I just wasn’t mentally prepared for it. . To be back in diapers ... or close to it. 😩

JPouchMom posted:

I am seeing Scott suggest psyllium and other members use Metamucil. We were encouraged to use Benefibre.  I honestly don't think Benefibre works.  Anyone with great knowledge on the differences between the three? 

Just to chime in – Benefibre is not made from psyllium husk and I found it did nothing to cushion BMs.

Smooth Metamucil (i.e. finely milled psyllium husk) is definitely the way to go. It doesn't help everyone but it saved me from "butt burn".

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