Skin Bruises around stoma???? Worried!

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Wild Meeca
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   Posted 5/29/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, recently I've been becoming bloated once in a while and the skin under my flange hurts. When i change it I sometimes notice little bruises on the sides of where it hurt the most. It goes away but when I clip my bag to my flange I can't press to hard because on the top skin there's a spot that is sensitive if i press on it. So I'm scared I've read about adhesions or hernias and I have no clue of what this could be....I haven't lifted anything heavy so i wouldn't know why I would be sore around there or why the bruises appear...
Please help!

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   Posted 5/29/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
How long have you had your ileostomy? Do you think that you are still just adjusting to pressing in on that area to attach your pouch to your flange?

If you have a blockage from adhesions, you will definitely know it. Adhesions alone should not make the area around your stoma look bruised. I will have to say that I have had several "partial" blockages over the many years I have had my ileostomy but none that have required surgical intervention, thank goodness. Once in a while after I have a blockage, I too notice that the are around the stoma actually looks bruised, but I certainly can see why it would on me. If you have not had any pain, you may want to check with your ET. I just can't think of any reason your skin would discolor for no apparent reason. Sorry I can't be of more help.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 5/29/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Does your flange have any convexity to it? Maybe with the changes to your stomach, you need a different type of flange. I would check with and ET nurse to be sure. Good Luck
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