Diverticulosis is a condition, which for most people, will not show symptoms. It can be diagnosed in a routine colonoscopy. Diverticula, or small sacs that emanate from the intestinal wall, sometimes bulge and break through the muscle tissue of that wall. Inflammation may result.
There are basically two types of colostomy bags, the disposable types and the re-useable ones. This article is about the disposable bags and the advantages and disadvantages of using them.
Appendicitis can be deadly, and what makes it scary is that it isn't always obvious that you have it. I didn't exhibit the usual signs of this condition—and I almost didn't get treatment in time.
As a colostomy patient, you will experience a few challenging situations that are best described as minor mishaps. What are they, when do they occur, and how can you overcome them or keep them to the barest minimum? Find out in this article.
This article discusses the signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction, what you can do to treat it on your own, and how to know when to seek help.
For your stoma care, there are some important colostomy supplies you cannot do without, that is asides colostomy bags. There are some other products you’ll require, without which proper management of your stoma will be virtually impossible. What are these supplies and how important are they?
TPN stands for total parenteral nutrition, and it is used when the body cannot get nutrition from foods because the food doesn't get absorbed in the body. Some people get TPN for extended periods—or even for a lifetime.
If you are living with a colostomy, bags ballooning out, caused by gas build up, is one of the most common problems you’ll encounter. How can you avoid this? If it happens to you often, what are the possible ways to reduce its occurrence? Find out how I coped with my ostomy bags ballooning issues.
Once you advance through the stages recommended by your surgeon and/or dietician post-op, many patients find that they don't get much guidance other than protein first and drink between meals. Here are some tips on protein rich foods and recipe sources from a bariatric patient.
Some colostomy patients wonder if they can travel with an ostomy without having unpleasant occurrences but having an ostomy shouldn't stop you from travelling long distance. Find out how you can travel without worry, how to prepare, and why you don't need to cancel a holiday because of your ostomy.
Diverticulitis is easy to confuse with other health issues, such as food poisoning and the common stomach flu. This was my experience with diverticulitis and how I was able to identify it and seek treatment.
Taking antibiotics can make you very sick, and even kill you. After taking clindamycin for a oral infection, I developed a rampant C. diff infection that landed me in the hospital.
Is there a special colostomy diet for stoma patients? If you have an ostomy, you probably want to know if you have to make major changes to your regular diet, or not. As an ex-colostomy patient, I can only tell you of my experience and the nutritional pattern I followed.
I’ve probably had reflux my entire life. I’ve taken reflux medication, and I’ve done natural alternatives. One surprising and very important strategy in my arsenal is my adjustable bed.
"Gastroparesis is treatable," said the first website I found. I was so relieved—now I would find the answer to my suffering. Unfortunately, it was not going to be that easy.
How does one cope with wearing colostomy bags? If you asked me a week after my procedure, I’ll tell you I wish I were dead! But then, a few weeks down the line and I soon became an expert at managing a stoma. It’s not so bad after all.