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Numb78
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   Posted 7/17/2008 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all, I'm about 6 weeks post op and I would really love to get back on my bike. Does anyone have any suggestions or offer some advice on cycling with the bag. I've been sick for about a year so I'm really out of shape and it's going to be a long road to get back into shape but I'm really looking for ideas on bag placement or clothing options. I do all varieties of biking including X-country racing, dirt/urban jumping (it will be a while before I do this again), and some road biking. I plan to start with easy road biking on my commuter bike and take it from there.
29 year old male, UC diagnosed after bad flare in Summer 2005, quickly brought into remission by pred and salofalk. 2 years symptom free after that!!
Bad flare started summer 07 and led to emergency surgery June 08 after ruptured colon.

Previous UC meds.... Salofalk, Imuran, Remicade, Buscopan, Pantoloc, Prednisone, etc...

Currently living with and ostomy and completely med free!!


summerstorm
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   Posted 7/17/2008 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
i dont have any ideas so much, but a girl who was on here was really into that and she had no problems. She wore spandex shorts and they seemed to work for her. I dont' do real bike rides, way to clumsy, but i have been on the bike at the gym and had no problems!
or are you talkign about like a motor bike? if you are i really dont' have any idea, lol.
But i hope all goes well!

headphones
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   Posted 7/24/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
wow, we have very similar journeys as far as when we were sick and the whole 'ruptured colon' deal. glad you are feeling better and ready to start biking. i have bike shorts that i wear under baggier shorts for the butt padding. they work fine, i think you'll just have to make sure you empty frequently enough so it doesn't bug you to have a filling up bag. the bike shorts kind of keep everything tighter though, so that helps. all the sponsored rides i've done have places to go to the bathroom throughout so it's no problem, and when your on your own, all the better! drink lots of water because we get dehydrated easier, and have fun:)
headphones
29 yr. old female
diagnosed with pancolitis uc 7/05
emergency ileostomy 11/07

vitamins, TPN
pregnant~ due in march


jacksns4
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   Posted 7/29/2008 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Numb78, I took longer to get back on my bike! I love it when it is not so hot. I use the Sure Seal Rings to keep real secure and no leaks from melting. Their website is http://www.alpglobal.com/ so call and get samples.
They look like this at edgepark: https://www.edgepark.com/shopCatalog/ShowItemDetails.cfm?PSKU=ALRS0110&PageRef=ShopCatalog&nm=SURE+SEAL+RING,+SMALL I actually use the small and Medium together and can go about a week if they my wafer doesn't melt. I sue a smaller round wafer so I use the 2 seals. I made a barrier of exercise cloth from a cheap exercise shirt to put under the bag. I look for rides with bathrooms. We joined the Houston Bike club and go on long 25 to 40 mile rides in the country so far. We are slow but have fun mooing at the cows. It feels so good to not have to go to the bathroom so much. On the maps they put a happy face for a rest room stop. Ebay has many good outlets for bike clothes! Have fun riding!
Ileostomy April 26,2006
Ulcerative Colitus 2x 2001 & 2005
Want to get J-Pouch eventually!


lacey55
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   Posted 7/31/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't bike but go to the gym and haven't found it to be much of a problem. To keep things from moving around, I just put the end in my undies...although this has put an end to any g strings. Oh well...they aren't comfortable anyway! Spandex is the best thing to keep things from moving around as well...you shouldn't have any problems.

Numb78
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   Posted 7/31/2008 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the replies... The main thing I'm really worried about is distance riding. I'm definitely not up to this right now but back when I was healthy I would go on 30-40km rides through the woods where there wasn't really any bathroom stops. I'm mostly worried about emptying the bag if required. I know this sounds a little gross but is there anyone who spends time out in the woods that just empties the bag in forest and carries on with activities? I was thinking about carrying biodegradable TP and when the bag gets full just dump er out and carry on with my bike ride. The other issue I'm worried about is hydration. I used to be able to get by with about a litre or so of water but now I'm thinking I'm going to need 3 times that!! I also want to get back into dirt jumping (most likely next summer) but I'm afraid of crashing... How much does it take to do damage to the stoma? When I crash I don't usually land on that part of my body but you never know. Usually I land on side or back.
29 year old male, UC diagnosed after bad flare in Summer 2005, quickly brought into remission by pred and salofalk. 2 years symptom free after that!!
Bad flare started summer 07 and led to emergency surgery June 08 after ruptured colon.

Previous UC meds.... Salofalk, Imuran, Remicade, Buscopan, Pantoloc, Prednisone, etc...

Currently living with and ostomy and completely med free!!


lacey55
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   Posted 7/31/2008 10:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I read somewhere that there are covers to protect from injury if you're doing contact sports. Might be something to look into since you are quite adventurous!! Haven't tried emptying in the woods but it is nice to know that if you ever did, you wouldn't even have to expose your backside!!

flchurchlady
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   Posted 8/2/2008 2:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Numb,
They have stoma guards, which protect your stoma from injury. In fact, Matt (a.k.a. awesomeame) just posted a thread on here that says he has one for sale on Ebay! His topic is "stoma gard", and he said you can find it on Ebay, if you do a search for "stoma gard". He's from Canada, so maybe that's the way they spell it up there.

When it comes to cycling, you shouldn't have any problems at all. I do a one-hour aerobics class twice a week and sweat a lot, and my wafer stays on just fine. I would recommend that you start out slow and build up your stamina, since you're only 2 months post-op.

Have fun! :-)
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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