Suggestions on how to tuck in shirt with pouch?

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Jacob Fred
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   Posted 11/19/2008 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I finally made it through the pain and headache (hopefully) so I get to start work next week after 2.5 months of being sick.  I've never been so excited to go to the office and sit in a cube.
However, I still haven't figured out how to tuck in my shirt with the pouch.  I need to wear button up collared shirts and dress pants/kakis.  I thought about just buying bigger pants, wearing suspenders under my shirt, and tucking the pouch into my pants.  It has seemed to work at home.  However, not sure if any more experienced folks have thoughts.  Please let me know.
As an aside, I hope one day I'll have enough experience so I can provide advice back to "newbies" like me looking for help.  I really appreciate everyone's support.

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   Posted 11/19/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
well i am a girl, so i don't have exactly the same clothing as you. But this is probably what i would do. I would wear pants that are a littel larger, and i know you are a guy and probably don't want to do this, but i would wear either a belly band or a tube top to keep it flatter. Then i would just pull the shirt out a little farther down than usual.
If i wear a shirt that is shorter and doesn't come down to compeltly cover the bag area, that's what i usually do.
also if your pants are pleated that may help too. although i normally can't stand pleated pants, the way they bunch up naturally would help hide it i think.

I hope that helps.

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   Posted 11/19/2008 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a guy who posts on (his username is ucvlog). I'm not sure if he posts here also. He has a blog and uses videos for some of them. The site is I remember seeing him talk about how to tuck a shirt in. You may want to check it out. Hope it helps.

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   Posted 11/19/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I read in one of the ostomy magazines, that men should try buying pants a size bigger and use suspenders. The support group that I attend, their are three males with double ostomy one on each side. I haven't seen them with suspenders and they wear their shirts in and or out. If it wasn't cause I know them, I would of never known.
Cancer Survivor - Colostomy '06, RA, Sjorens, Fibro, Depressed, Hashimoto's

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   Posted 11/19/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it's a lot easier for you guys to pull off having a big bulge in the front of your pants than it is for us girls. smilewinkgrin So, congrats, you're lucky that way! My suggestion would be to wear pleated pants and a t-shirt under your dress shirt.
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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   Posted 11/20/2008 11:38 PM (GMT -7)   
i would get some tight wife-beater tank-tops (sorry, i don't know what else to call them!) to keep your pouch close to your body under shirts.
30 yr. old female
diagnosed with pancolitis uc 7/05
emergency ileostomy 11/07 while 5 months pregnant
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   Posted 12/8/2008 8:31 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey Jacob Fred,

I've had my ileostomy for 11 years, and wear a dress shirt/pants to work. What works for me is :

First, pull your shorts/underwear up over the top edge of the pouch ( I had to switch to boxers ), shirt on, then pants on last. Tuck the shirt in carefully while you pull basically your pants up over the shirt. Keeping your shorts pulled over the edge of the pouch helps protect the flange and pouch from belt wear etc, especially if you are mobile at work.

Be careful of the old pre ostomy method of quickly shoving the shirt down in the pants, ya might catch the edge of the pouch and rip it off...which sucks when you are getting ready for work in your nice clean clothes !  :)

And yeah, no way I can wear my pants as tight as I used to, need a bit of room at the waist now.  :)


Good luck..


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   Posted 12/9/2008 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I just don't understand why you guys can't tuck your ostomy pouch inside your underwear. I'm female, but that shouldn't make a huge difference (unless your ostomy is now below your belly button). I tuck my pouch inside my underwear and fold up the bottom of the pouch just a little so it doesn't ride down my leg. Now I will admit, I wear my blouses/shirts untucked, but my slacks I wear just below my belly button - more of the modern style. I also wear modified (very up-to-date) underwear (for women) that offer firm support to support a hernia I have. This eliminates the need for a belt.
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