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   Posted 3/12/2009 12:22 AM (GMT -6)   
 Is it harmful to your stoma if you don't eat for a period of time, like maybe 5 hrs or so? Whenever I am out with others or shopping or church or meetings, etc., I don't eat because i don't want the bag to balloon out and embarass me.My tummy looks almost like I did before the ostomy-with a flatter stomach. Of course, I do get hungry but i just wait until I get home to eat and then the bag fills upppp. I guess it is just vanity to pretend. rolleyes

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   Posted 3/12/2009 1:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think it hurts anything, I wouldn't worry about it too much.
thanks, Dusti

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Diagnosed with small bowel inertia at 18 years old, and got an ileostomy wich I still have. I am 27 now.
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   Posted 3/12/2009 5:09 AM (GMT -6)   
It won't harm it, but I will warn you that not eating can actually cause more gas. Those digestive enzymes will keep working whether you eat or not. If there's nothing solid to work on, excess gas occurs, therefore not eating will probably be counterproductive in this case.
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   Posted 3/12/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -6)   
no it wont hurt you but shaz is right, not eating gives you more gas, esp when you do eat again! like if let myself get hungry, like when you are growling and carryign on, and then i eat i get gas like crazy!
So even if you only eat a few crackers or something, or a candy bar that will help a lot! You can take some immodium to slow the output and you can also take some gas x BEFORE you get gas to help from getting as much!
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