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Jackie_0mg
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   Posted 11/6/2011 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
so i justwas getting ready to empty my bag because it felt full only to look and see that it's only 1/3rd full and it was all gas. any ways to prevent gas inflating in my bag.

Blueheron
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   Posted 11/6/2011 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I have found the filters on the pouches to be useless. Mine clog within hours of changing. I don't even buy pouches with filters anymore. I like this little vent that you stick on the bag called the Osto EZ Vent. You can very discreetly let the gas out just by opening the flap. You can do the same thing with a two-piece appliance just by cracking the tupperware-like ring, but I find the EZ vent less risky. Sometimes if I wake up in the middle of the night I will just sit up and open the vent to let the gas out and go back to sleep without having to empty.

I actually joke sometimes when my pouch is full like a blimp in the morning that it is my "fart collector". I sure never have to worry about making a smell unexpectedly from gas in public anymore. I get to choose when I release the valve:) Not so true with the noise part though. My stoma is a noisy little bugger.
-39 years old
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, symptoms since 1999
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and various rounds of Prednisone, tried 1 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had mild/moderate UC continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which led to permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/201
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blueglass
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   Posted 11/7/2011 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
You can eat less gassy foods, and you'll have less gas, but no way to prevent it, it's a natural thing (especially at night).... I didn't have good success w/the EZ vents, but my gas problem is not that bad -- so yours might not be either when your stoma settles down (and I eat beans, spicy foods etc..... never have to worry about stinking up the room).
49 years old, female. Sick for way too long with Crohn's (or possibly UC) Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in Feb 2011. Surgery for lingering perineal wound on Sept 26. Other than the wound, been feeling healthier than I have in years.

polishdan
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   Posted 11/7/2011 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I used to use EZvents. Never failed me. I now wear convatec convex two piece with a filter. They work. The filter usually works for three or even four days. They have these little round sticky covers for when you shower. THE FILTER DOES NOT WORK IF YOU FORGET TO TAKE THE COVER OFF!! The filter is right on top of the stoma. Bad place. I contacted convatec about this and they told me that they have repositioned the filter away from the stoma. New pouches will be available in January. I sent them an email and they called me on the phone to reply!!

Dan

summerstorm
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   Posted 11/7/2011 10:01 PM (GMT -6)   
take some gas-x when you get up, then some more about lunch time. also watch the things you are eating and drinking.
I used to burp mine like Blueheron suggested, until it had more in it than i thought and i burped it and it went all over! it was horrible, lol. but then when i started taping it down i can't do that anyway.
I don't see that the filters do much either.
The gas should settle down in a few weeks.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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esoR
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   Posted 11/9/2011 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
multiple mini meals through out the day cuts down on gas. If you get too hungry gas will fill the bag. One time on vacation, it was such a long day and I can eat only certain things. We were in a movie and my bag puffed up like the hindenburg. I had to open it and let the air out but with mine it clicks on so tight I can't just get if off the wafer at the top so I have to go to the bathroom and unroll. I did so after the movie and almost missed the bus. Rosemary

babygirl10150
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   Posted 11/10/2011 12:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Mine have filters more towards the top which work well. If they get clogged, I'll take the bag off (2 piece) and wipe it off with a q tip. I know it says not to get the filters wet so I have one bag for when I shower, get out, change into the dry one and hang the wet one to dry.
Michelle

~Diagnosed with POTS 10/11~
~Nissen redo #3 coming soon~
~Nissen redo again 12/13/10~
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Jackie_0mg
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   Posted 11/10/2011 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
i have hollister bags and i noticed there is a white thingy at the top of my bag (it's kinda shaped like a rectangle) but if you look inside my bag it's a black thing right next to it and there is elestic covering booth the colors does anyone know if it does anything or is it part of the material design ?! thanks jackie

babygirl10150
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   Posted 11/10/2011 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
That is your filter. The ones I have are slightly curved like a big kidney bean. I have Hollister too. The black thing is the actual charcoal filter.

Allbetternow
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   Posted 11/10/2011 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
jackie,

I have the same bags, and it seems that with the plastic covering the filter, it does absolutely no good! Nothing can pass thru the plastic to get to the charcoal filter and it definitely won't let any gas pass thru. They seem kind of useless, or maybe there is a trick to make it work that I don't know about.
17 years of UC and tried every drug available to control it.
Finally made one of the best decisions of my life and had a Total Colectomy with Ileostomy in Sept. 2011.
Now living UC free and loving it!

Jackie_0mg
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   Posted 11/10/2011 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
so are you supposeto peelthe charcoal filter off?
UC for 6 1/2 years
had colon removed Oct.10,2011 a laproscopic incession w/ ileo loop (2 surgeries in 1) , temp. ileostomy bag, due for final surgery in December but am going to get it at the end of the school year. use to take 12+ pills a day down to temp. imodium pills :) stoma named Mr.Wiggels

summerstorm
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   Posted 11/10/2011 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
you don't peel anything off. But i thought that when i first got my bag too, i tried to pull it off actually, lol.
The filters are pretty much useless.

babygirl10150
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   Posted 11/11/2011 1:27 AM (GMT -6)   
The ones I use have the new style filters. I don't like them. I had no problems with the old ones. The gas that does manage to come out of these is def not filtered!!
Michelle

~Diagnosed with POTS 10/11~
~Nissen redo #3 coming soon~
~Nissen redo again 12/13/10~
~Nissen redo 05/10/10~
~Nissen 12/14/09~
~Colostomy 07/30/06~

Allbetternow
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   Posted 11/11/2011 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
so...how do the filters work on the Hollister bags? Mine NEVER let any gas thru...are they just there to help with the smell?
17 years of UC and tried every drug available to control it.
Finally made one of the best decisions of my life and had a Total Colectomy with Ileostomy in Sept. 2011.
Now living UC free and loving it!

blueglass
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   Posted 11/11/2011 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
From what I've heard, filters work with colostomies but not with ileostomies.... the output from an ileo is more liquid and clogs the filter .....
49 years old, female. Sick for way too long with Crohn's (or possibly UC) Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in Feb 2011. Surgery for lingering perineal wound on Sept 26. Other than the wound, been feeling healthier than I have in years.

Allbetternow
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   Posted 11/11/2011 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
blueglass said...
From what I've heard, filters work with colostomies but not with ileostomies.... the output from an ileo is more liquid and clogs the filter .....


Well, I guess that might make sense. I just know that mine never works!
17 years of UC and tried every drug available to control it.
Finally made one of the best decisions of my life and had a Total Colectomy with Ileostomy in Sept. 2011.
Now living UC free and loving it!

Jackie_0mg
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   Posted 11/11/2011 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
i think i figured it out :) ....... i moved my white filter on the outside and teased it and ihavent had the inflation or maybe i just didnot have any gas today lol.
UC for 6 1/2 years
had colon removed Oct.10,2011 a laproscopic incession w/ ileo loop (2 surgeries in 1) , temp. ileostomy bag, due for final surgery in December but am going to get it at the end of the school year. use to take 12+ pills a day down to temp. imodium pills :) stoma named Mr.Wiggels
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