rock climbing possible or no??

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Numb78
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   Posted 6/21/2008 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all..

I'm still very new to my ostomy (2 weeks post op) so I I don't plan on hitting the cliffs anytime soon but I do have a question. I used to be a very active rock climber before I got sick and ultimately my ostomy. I'm wondering if there is anyone on here who climbs or knows if it's even possible to rock climb with this thing? I haven't tried my harness on yet but I'm pretty sure that the bag sort of sits below the waist strap but I'm a little concerned about causing any problems.

Also I'm an avid mountain biker and was wondering if anyone had any pointers on what type of appliance or accessories I should be using when I get healthy enough to get back on my bike.

I have read that many people are into the same sort of sports as myself, snowboarding, mountain biking, water skiing... I'm basically really into all extreme sports and I'm really hoping that I can get back into with the ostomy.

Back to my original question, I hope that there is someone out there who has done some rock climbing with the ostomy and can give me some pointers.

Thanks....
29 year old male, diagnosed after bad flare in Summer 2005, quickly brought into remission by pred and salofalk. 2 years symptom free after that!!
Currently in a flare since summer 07 - I desperately miss remission!!!

Current Meds: 40mg of prednisone after IV steriods during hospital stay, 4000mg salofalk, calcium supplements, Pantoloc, Buscopan, Clonazopam, Cortenema
Started 100mg Imuran Jan 15/08 - no noticeable effect yet... aside from nausea, vomiting, fatigue...
Started Remicade May 21/08... results yet to be seen, but hopefully this will do the trick..


summerstorm
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   Posted 6/21/2008 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
i have done no rock climbing way to scared of heights, lol. There is a girl who used to post on here reguarly who bikes alot and once she got hers system down, she had no problems with biking. I can't see any reason why you couldn't rock climb, just as long as you watched out for sharp places, to help protect from that,you could cover your bag with an extra layer of cloth. Everyone does everyone they used to do, infact most of us do alot more than we used to!

vette guy
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   Posted 6/21/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I've always been pretty active, and have done just about every outdoor activity you can think of with an ostomy. However, I've never tried rock climbing...not because I don't think I could with an ostomy. I'm not really even scared of heights. I just have a slight fear of gravity, lol! I'm sure there's someone here with experience who can chime in. But, I'm sure once your abs are healed you should be fine. You'll find that once you're completely healed, your only limitations will be the mental one's you place on yourself!

Shaz032
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   Posted 6/22/2008 1:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to be in the army cadets when I was at school and one of the regular activities was rock climbing (we called it rapelling). I really did enjoy it. I know of several ostomates who do it on a regular basis, as well as crawling through caves, mountain biking, parachuting, kayakking, scuba diving, etc.

Your ostomy won't stop you from doing anything you want to do - only your mind will!
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Numb78
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   Posted 6/22/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
thanks a lot for the replies... I'm really starting to feel better about this each day that passes. I was very afraid that I would never be able to get back to my former active lifestyle. I'm still a little unsure of the climbing just because of placement of the harness in relation to my ostomy but I think this is something i will bring up with the nurse once I start feeling better....

Another question I have for the active folks is how long after your operations were you able to start to get back into light physical activity. My docs are saying give it at least 6 weeks before I get back on my mountain bike but I'm wondering if anyone has gone any sooner. I won't be single tracking trough the woods any time soon but it would be really great if I could just go for simple around the block type rides with my little girl. But on the same token I don't want to push anything and end up damaging something. So should I stick to the docs recomendations and just walk for the first 6 weeks until I get some strength back? As you can see by my signature I was in a pretty awful colitis flare up for a long time and now I really ansy to get back into life.
29 year old male, diagnosed after bad flare in Summer 2005, quickly brought into remission by pred and salofalk. 2 years symptom free after that!!
Currently in a flare since summer 07 - I desperately miss remission!!!

Current Meds: 40mg of prednisone after IV steriods during hospital stay, 4000mg salofalk, calcium supplements, Pantoloc, Buscopan, Clonazopam, Cortenema
Started 100mg Imuran Jan 15/08 - no noticeable effect yet... aside from nausea, vomiting, fatigue...
Started Remicade May 21/08... results yet to be seen, but hopefully this will do the trick..


Arundinaria
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   Posted 6/22/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   

I used to do a lot of climbing. but long before my colostomy.Couldn't now if I wanted to.  legs are bad.  However I  don"t see too much of problems.  Keep the harness away from the appliance.  Don't go skinnying into narrow gaps.  Your waist line is biggerIt would be hell to be caught in a chimney half way up.

 

Like SAhaz says youy will find your limits.  Maybe not as extreme as formerly but what you want to do you can do.

Ralph


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summerstorm
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   Posted 6/22/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
i say do what you feel like you can do. But be very careful, because sometimes we feel like we can do more than we can, especially after being sick for so long, i noticed that i all of sudden felt so great and i just started doing stuff and i way over did it. I would say light physical activity would be fine after about three weeks, i wouldnt' run a marathon or anything, lol. Of course my lazy self would never run one, lol.
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