Question: I recently had a complete colectomy
and now have an illiostomy. I was being treated for chronic pain
with ms contin extended release tablets. after 2 to four hrs, the pills are showing up in my drainage
bag and they don't look like they have even changed much in size. also, my pain is no longer very well controlled. ive been told that extended release medications will not work correctly with an illiostomy, but when I told all of this to my physician he is very insistant that im receiving all of my medication and what im seeing in the bag is just a shell of the tablet. the tablet is a 100 mg time release tablet and I cut one in half just to see, and it was not hollow. so is my dr correct and im getting the medication like he says and what im finding is nothing to worry about? if that is the case, why is my pain not controlled anymore? is it just psychological from seeing the tablet exit into the bag?