My stoma is 2" right and 1" below my belly button. I fought with the how to wear my pants issue before returning to work 8 weeks post-op. Top half of the bag is under my shirt and the bottom half is below my waste line. The top half just fills up and bulges slightly and I occasionally throughout the day push it down to the lower half (if output is thick). When the lower half is full, I can feel the bulge, then it is time to empty. If output is more watery, then the bottom part of the pouch fills up automatically. I can notice the bulge under my shirt, but nobody else seems to. My stoma and belly were sore for about
3 months after surgery, not bad, but noticeable. I'm now 4 months post-op and have no pain at all.
I would just buy pants that are a size larger than what you wore before and wear a belt. I did buy the special ostomy support underwear, but don't waste your money. I just tuck the bag under my pants and on top of my regular underwear. Works fine for me. I also wear baggy cloths and shorts/pants when I'm not at work. At work, everyone knows my condition (over 500 people) so it doesn't bother me that they notice anything. At least nobody has said anything.http://www.healingwell.com/community/emoticons/smile.gif
Age 0 to 30 - 100% healthy, no meds, no doctor visits, no hospital stays
Oct. 2006 - Symptoms of UC began
3/5/2007 - Diagnosed with UC - Pancolitis (entire colon involved)
20mg-40mg/day Prednisone, 4.8 g/day Asacol - didn't work at all
10/12/2007 - Steroid Induced Osteoporosis from Prednisone and Anemic
add Actonel (75mgx2 pills/month) and daily iron pills
open Subtotal Colectomy with Temporary Ileostomy Surgery
Off all meds including iron pills except Actonel and feel normal again
9/25/2008 - J-Pouch Surgery and possible Ileo Reversal Surgery Scheduled
"When life gives you lemons...make lemonade"