ostomy bag and work?

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 9/8/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
So again I say that i have been off work for 6 months wearing strechy waisted shorts or pants the whole time.  So now that I am back at work, 3rd day back, (i am a Lead Risk Assessor for children with lead poisoning) i wear jeans and nice shirt i have to tuck in and when i sit at my desk the top of my ostomy bag is always filled and uncomforable due to were my belt is.  As much as i want to i cannot wear the strechy shorts to work and was wondering how others delt with their bag at work?
Crohn's since June 2005
Relapse/flare up since Oct. 2007
Been on Pentasa, Asocol. Prednisone, Entocort, Imuran, Protonix, various anxiety meds, painkillers
Humira for 1 month from July 2008-Aug 2008 then contracted histoplasmosis and was in hospital for 11 days in Aug. 2008

Surgery on March 6th 2009
Surgeon clipped my colon during surgery, in hospital for 14 days.  Fistulas formed with immense pain along scar line. Have ostomey bag for now until I get well enough to reverse the bag. (cannot come soon enough!!! I HATE THE BAG!!!)
Out of work from March 6 2009- Sept. 1 2009.

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 9/8/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you tried the ostomy forum? As a Crohnie who's had a proctocolectomy, I don't always post on the Crohn's forum, but work is slow! There are many threads that talk about what to wear with an ostomy (for men and women).

Personally, I haven't changed the way I dress. I usually wear jeans, and not the 'mom' kind, so one day it might be a low rise and the next a mid rise. I do wear a belt and some men find suspenders work better for them. Some days I tuck in my shirt but not always.

Do you use a pouch with a filter? I find that, with a filter, I don't usually have that problem. Are you eating foods that produce a lot of gas? Sometimes, when your bowel hasn't adjusted fully, it produces more gas with some foods.

Maybe a different brand of jeans, that sit just above your stoma, will prevent that poof...another thing to note is to make sure that the band/button area doesn't cover the 'circle' where the pouch connects to the wafer of your appliance since that could keep things from flowing down, and creating the bulge.

Glad to hear you are back at work and don't hesitate to post your question on the Ostomy Forum!
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