Colostomy problem: Rectal discharge 18 months out

Posted by bcstew @bcstew, Sep 29, 2020

My surgery was 18 months ago and I have had no rectal discharge in all that time. Yesterday twice there was a watery discharge.
I am now wearing a pad, Is this a common occurance? Should I see my surgeon?

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Hi @bcstew, Thank you for sharing your current experience with the group. I am sorry that you are currently having a watery discharge due to your colostomy. I would definitely contact your surgeon if this is a new symptom that is occurring, but I did want to invite a few more people to the discussion that may have knowledge of if this is a common side effect or something to be concerned with. Welcome @hodagw, @engelee, @susang2473 and @candywocrn to the conversation. Can you share any insight with @bcstew ?

You will also noticed that I altered your title slightly to address your question so members can see it from the group page.

@bcstew, I did read where if you have a colostomy and the anus is still in tact, there may be some mucus discharge due to the fact that the bowel lining still has the ability to produce the mucus that aids in defecating. Can you give us a little background regarding your diagnosis and your surgery?
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/colostomy/risks/#:~:text=Rectal%20discharge,no%20longer%20serves%20any%20purpose.

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@amandaa

Hi @bcstew, Thank you for sharing your current experience with the group. I am sorry that you are currently having a watery discharge due to your colostomy. I would definitely contact your surgeon if this is a new symptom that is occurring, but I did want to invite a few more people to the discussion that may have knowledge of if this is a common side effect or something to be concerned with. Welcome @hodagw, @engelee, @susang2473 and @candywocrn to the conversation. Can you share any insight with @bcstew ?

You will also noticed that I altered your title slightly to address your question so members can see it from the group page.

@bcstew, I did read where if you have a colostomy and the anus is still in tact, there may be some mucus discharge due to the fact that the bowel lining still has the ability to produce the mucus that aids in defecating. Can you give us a little background regarding your diagnosis and your surgery?
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/colostomy/risks/#:~:text=Rectal%20discharge,no%20longer%20serves%20any%20purpose.

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I have had a colostomy since 2012 this has occurred maybe 3 times. My surgeon stated it's normal. I replied, no fair! (little humor).

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@sher99

I have had a colostomy since 2012 this has occurred maybe 3 times. My surgeon stated it's normal. I replied, no fair! (little humor).

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New to this site. Please forgive if the incorrect reply.

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@sher99

I have had a colostomy since 2012 this has occurred maybe 3 times. My surgeon stated it's normal. I replied, no fair! (little humor).

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Hi @sher99, welcome! Wow, you're coming up on your 10th anniversary with a colostomy. Your experience and wisdom will be a welcome addition to the community. May I ask what led to your needing a colostomy?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @sher99, welcome! Wow, you're coming up on your 10th anniversary with a colostomy. Your experience and wisdom will be a welcome addition to the community. May I ask what led to your needing a colostomy?

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Diver which led to infection to burst colon. Emergency surgery. On prednisone for GCA since 2010. Able to answer and share on both issues.

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colleenyoung thank you for welcome. Trying to figure out the howto's on posting etc. I commented to your inquiry, so not sure you received my reply? Great site. Great respect for Mayo Clinic. Discovering this site was a blessing finding information on both issues mentioned.

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@amandaa

Hi @bcstew, Thank you for sharing your current experience with the group. I am sorry that you are currently having a watery discharge due to your colostomy. I would definitely contact your surgeon if this is a new symptom that is occurring, but I did want to invite a few more people to the discussion that may have knowledge of if this is a common side effect or something to be concerned with. Welcome @hodagw, @engelee, @susang2473 and @candywocrn to the conversation. Can you share any insight with @bcstew ?

You will also noticed that I altered your title slightly to address your question so members can see it from the group page.

@bcstew, I did read where if you have a colostomy and the anus is still in tact, there may be some mucus discharge due to the fact that the bowel lining still has the ability to produce the mucus that aids in defecating. Can you give us a little background regarding your diagnosis and your surgery?
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/colostomy/risks/#:~:text=Rectal%20discharge,no%20longer%20serves%20any%20purpose.

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This what happened to me. My annus kept discharging fluid into a surgical opening resulting from a staple falling out. The fluid then led to an abscess requiring the annus to be removed.

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After nearly 6 years after colorectal surgery, I still experience severe pain and pressure where my annus used to be. Is anyone else having the same experience?

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@sher99

Diver which led to infection to burst colon. Emergency surgery. On prednisone for GCA since 2010. Able to answer and share on both issues.

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Oh, a burst colon sounds very painful. Your experiences on diverticulitis will be welcome in the Digestive Health group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/digestive-gastrointestinal-problems/ and you may also wish to join the GCA discussions in the Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/polymyalgia-rheumatica-pmr/ Many people are talking about prednisone there.

Naturally, I look forward to your knowledge and support in the Ostomy group.

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@kenc

After nearly 6 years after colorectal surgery, I still experience severe pain and pressure where my annus used to be. Is anyone else having the same experience?

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@kenc, I'm sorry to hear that there has still been no resolution to the pain and pressure you're experiencing. What suggestions has your care team offered? What helps?

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Medication, exercise (which actually exasperated the pain). The doctor will be increasing the Cymbalta dosage shortly

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