I guess I will wear stretchy pants forever

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jblue65
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   Posted 4/27/2009 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I am going back to work next week so I broke out my jeans and slacks. Well- they are so uncomfortable. I feel like my stoma is being squished and its kinda hurts -a little. Today when I changed my bag the stoma was bleeding a little- just when I wiped with the gauze and around the edge next to the skin.
Then, when I emptied my bag, it was a bit red>>> Now I had red punch. Is this connected?

To top it all off, even though I had initially lost weight after the surgery, I have gained it back and a few more. I want to be comfortable at work.

So my questions:

Is it possible to hurt the stoma with tight clothing? I know some of the ladies wear girdles or control top panty hose. Doesn't this damage the stoma?
If I drink something red, is it possible to have some red output?

Thanks guys
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06

Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix,
Tapering prednisone down to 10 mg

Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps


summerstorm
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   Posted 4/27/2009 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
the red in the output is from the punch! You will be suprised it only takes a tiny bit of red food or drink to get a bag full of what looks like blood. The first time i ate redvelvet cake i thought i was bleeding to death. My bag was full of red for hours and hours, lol.
as for the jeans and such it really has not been that long since surgery, that area is still tender. You wont hurt your stoma by wearing tight clothes, just make sure you change your bag more often.

sammies
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   Posted 4/27/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Jackie--we are on similar tracks! I took out my capris and shorts this weekend. I had lost a good deal of weight this winter. However, my abdomen is very swollen. Add the stoma to that mix with the low waists I bought before I knew about surgery and I have a squished stoma too--and clothes that kinda fit. I was wondering the same thing--as the output seems to get stuck above and around the stoma if my waist is tight.

Funny, I am eating a red popsicle as I type. I knicked the skin near my stoma when I changed the bag--had left a rough edge when I cut the opening.

good lock!
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.


summerstorm
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   Posted 4/27/2009 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
if you tape the top of the bag to your stomach, the output wont get stuck like that.

peggy113
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   Posted 4/28/2009 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, I don't know about you all, but I am all about COMFORT!!!!! I like being comfy, and their are some decent clothes out there that are really cute. Esp, with summer and little sundresses and all. They are really comfy. I wear my jeans and they are pretty snug, and I don't have a stoma issue. But I do wear a convex wafer so it is a little protected from that.

Beware of RED punch, RED velvet cake, ..... You will have red output and Yes, I did the same as summer the first time.... OMGosh, I'm dying!!!!!!! THat was my first thought. And to this day, it still scares the doowaddins' out of me when I forget that I have eatin' something red like that. Not everything will turn your output red, and I don't know why it is like that, but it is.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


jblue65
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   Posted 4/28/2009 5:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys-
Sure enough after about 3 hrs the output was back to normal. You are right about comfort, Peggy. I have a job that is flexible about what I wear. I am going shopping for comfy pants that have drawstrings instead of zippers and are baggy. I saw some in a catalog that I liked. With summer coming up dress will be more casual anyway and I am having second surgery June 23rd so I will need more comfy clothes anyway, so away I go to shop.....

What an excuse to buy clothes :)))
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06

Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix,
Tapering prednisone down to 10 mg

Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 4/28/2009 5:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Just remember...nutrients (and calories) are absorbed in the small intestine...so yes, it is easy to GAIN weight without a colon:( My doc always asks me if I have a problem with losing weight and then we both laugh!!! You'll find a way to maintain once you get to your 'comfortable' weight:)

I did the comfy clothes and slowly started wearing jeans again...you'll find a style that works best for you and then you'll have your reconnect and everything will go back to normal!!!

peggy113
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   Posted 4/29/2009 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I never did like clothes that were tight around my waist .. I think that all started when I had active CD and was miserable anyway. Now, I'm just old and there are plenty of clothes out there for ME that look fairly stylish without having super fitted waistlines. I still wear my jeans and they are about the tightest around the waist.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


jblue65
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Total Posts : 381
   Posted 4/29/2009 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
I went shopping for comfy pants with elastic waistbands, unfortunately, I couldn't find anything that didn't look like I was 85 yrs. old.

So I figured it out--- maternity pants. They are much more stylish now and no one can tell they are maternity pants. Very comfy.

:)))
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06

Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix,
Tapering prednisone down to 10 mg

Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps


peggy113
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   Posted 4/29/2009 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
PERFECT! Never thought of that.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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