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Numb78
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 7/7/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Gentlemen....

I'm new to the ostomy world (4 weeks post op) and I'm trying to figure out the wardrobe situation. First of all do most of you wear boxers, boxer briefs, or regular briefs? How many wear the bag outside of the underwear? Are you able to wear all of your old clothes again? My stoma is located a couple inches below my belly button so I'm thinking that I'll have to hike up my pants a little bit but I'm hoping that it won't be to obvious. How long after surgery were you able to wear clothes with a belt? All I've been wearing since surgery is track pants and baggy track shorts.

For those of you that are athletic, do you were spandex shorts to keep the bag from moving around while jogging or cycling? I'm thinking of getting some cycling shorts and wearing them under a pair of regular shorts for mountain biking. I just don't want my ostomy bag bouncing all over the place while I'm riding through the trails.

Thanks in advance for the help, I know it's a lot of questions but I'm trying to learn as much as I can about this new life...
29 year old male, UC diagnosed after bad flare in Summer 2005, quickly brought into remission by pred and salofalk. 2 years symptom free after that!!
Bad flare started summer 07 and led to emergency surgery June 08 after ruptured colon.

Previous UC meds.... Salofalk, Imuran, Remicade, Buscopan, Pantoloc, Prednisone, etc...

Currently living with and ostomy and completely med free!!


Glad Bag
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 699
   Posted 7/7/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
It's kind of in a tough spot, officially, my pants should ride on my hips right where the ostomy is, but since it is in the same place as yours, I let them sag most of the time.

as for underwear, I wear boxer briefs, most days, and i leave the end with the clip or closure outside my underwear, between the underwear and the pants. You always have to make sure you have an under shirt tucked in, or a long enough shirt on top, or people will see your secret when you stretch or life your arms.

I am fairly athletic, but most of the time, my bag setup the way i described above is just fine, only thing is, when I am doing stuff like that, I drain often so I don't run the risk of extra pressure on the seal, and also since it is easier to hide an empty or barely full pouch.

Good Luck and come again....
"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together!" - The Beatles

doesn't that just sound cool when you sing it?


Ohio43
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 212
   Posted 7/9/2008 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not a guy, but I will tell you this, if I'm out jogging, walking or using the treadmill, I find a belt is very helpful for support. Also, put some type of cloth between your skin and the pouch so you don't get sweaty. (The belt can hold a small piece of cotton cloth tucked under it. Take an old t-shirt and cut a strip that will go from one side of your pouch to the other.) Guys can develop yeast infections and irritations just like women.

Good luck!

awesomeame
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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 625
   Posted 7/11/2008 8:58 PM (GMT -6)   
hey!  my stoma is the same place as yours.  i have changed my dress pretty much completely.  i wear pants with a deep crotch, so they ride pretty high...no belt-suspenders.  seems to work great.  just wear something that drapes over the pants a bit so it doesn't look like you're wearing them so high.  IE vest, tshirt, golfshirt, buttonshirt, etc. i wear regular briefs and let the bag hang over the briefs.  no probs...you'll look respectable too, here's a pic of me
 
 
--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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