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      Check all advice with your medical team! Plus, quoting medical sources (HON code requirement)   08/25/2015

      Here at Ostomyland we are a patient run community - meaning we have learnt what we know as a result of being the patient and 99% of our members have got no medical qualifications whatsoever, and so any support replies are usually based on personal experience or friends/family-members personal experience. As a result Ostomyland strongly recommend that all members should check the accuracy of any support/health advice they have been given here with a member of their own medical team (GP, ET/Stoma Nurse/ Surgeon etc) BEFORE acting on it. This is for your own safety, as all our bodies are very different, and what works for one might not for the other, and for another it might even be dangerous! Ostomyland is not responsible for the content of the posts made, each member is responsible for their own posts. So if you ever did get any duff advice (unlikely, but could happen one day....) then blame the person who posted the message, and not Ostomyland. We are proud to be HON code certified and work very hard to meet the requirements of their principles. As such, and as requested under principle 4 of the HON code guidelines we must ask that members of the forums please quote sources for any medical information they give which is not based on personal experience.   Thanks.
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Hello All,

New here. I'm scheduled to get an ileostomy on My 4th due to chronic constipation. I was hoping to get insight from others who had this surgery due to the same situation. I'm scared I could be jumping the gun and was hoping to see how severe the constipation was for others before taking this route. And then once taken, how has the outcome and your quality of life been?

Thank You so Much

Mandy

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Hi. First I am not a medical and so you must of course go on the more decisive interpretation of the medicals. This said, my own experience is that you ought to have tried all other options before going for an ileostomy for this purpose. I think sometimes they can jump the gun. But, if your symptoms are severe - you have to weigh the possible worst case situations such as blockage? ... against the difficulties which you will find with a stoma. I have had a stoma twice on a temporary basis in my life and it is not a plus. This said, the equipment has improved to handle a stoma since I first had one on a temporary basis as a child.

So, get a really comprehensive view here; maybe a second opinion if this elective and non-urgent especially, in my view. In my view underlined. 

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