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CUBFAN26
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 9/8/2009 12:51 PM (GMT -7)   
So again I say that i have been off work for 6 months wearing strechy waisted shorts or pants the whole time.  So now that I am back at work, 3rd day back, (i am a Lead Risk Assessor for children with lead poisoning) i wear jeans and nice shirt i have to tuck in and when i sit at my desk the top of my ostomy bag is always filled and uncomforable due to were my belt is.  As much as i want to i cannot wear the strechy shorts to work and was wondering how others delt with their bag at work?
 
thanks

28 yrs old
Crohn's since June 2005
Relapse/flare up since Oct. 2007
Been on Pentasa, Asocol. Prednisone, Entocort, Imuran, Protonix, various anxiety meds, painkillers
 
Humira for 1 month from July 2008-Aug 2008 then contracted histoplasmosis and was in hospital for 11 days in Aug. 2008

Surgery on March 6th 2009
 
Surgeon clipped my colon during surgery, in hospital for 14 days.  Fistulas formed with immense pain along scar line. Have ostomey bag for now until I get well enough to reverse the bag. (cannot come soon enough!!! I HATE THE BAG!!!)
 
Out of work from March 6 2009- Sept. 1 2009.


summerstorm
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   Posted 9/8/2009 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
If you tape the top of your bag to your stomach, then it wont balloon over like that. And it will keep it from hanging over the top too.
that has solved my problem with it all together, but you may also be having alot of gas thats causing a problem, so try a few gas-x in the morning then two more about 2 or 3 in the afternoon.

Chasblah
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   Posted 9/8/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
could you wear the belt right below the stoma and let the bag hang out in your tucked in shirt?
Or, if you don't have to tuck your shirt in, you could let it just hang out over your pants. I have been know to do that, and use a piece of medical tape to secure the bag to the shirt, so it doesn't pop its head out.
Try experimenting with different ways to wear.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
coumadin, prenatal vit.
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 9/8/2009 2:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey CUBFAN26, glad you made it! I found a link to one of the threads with some good ideas including suspenders:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=33&m=1336724

and this one has a link from Bennie but I didn't check it out yet:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=33&m=1299359

I don't know if you are familiar with the United Ostomy Association, but their website is www.UOAA.org and has a lot of really helpful information!

There are some wonderful people on this forum who will be glad to answer your questions...just be patient because they aren't on everyday so check back because you never know when the guys will be on!!!

CUBFAN26
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Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 46
   Posted 9/8/2009 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much OHIO76,

i didnt even realize(or look) for a forum on ostomies. I shall bring my questions here now, thanks again!
28 yrs old
Crohn's since June 2005
Relapse/flare up since Oct. 2007
Been on Pentasa, Asocol. Prednisone, Entocort, Imuran, Protonix, various anxiety meds, painkillers
 
Humira for 1 month from July 2008-Aug 2008 then contracted histoplasmosis and was in hospital for 11 days in Aug. 2008

Surgery on March 6th 2009
 
Surgeon clipped my colon during surgery, in hospital for 14 days.  Fistulas formed with immense pain along scar line. Have ostomey bag for now until I get well enough to reverse the bag. (cannot come soon enough!!! I HATE THE BAG!!!)
 
Out of work from March 6 2009- Sept. 1 2009.


awesomeame
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   Posted 9/8/2009 4:00 PM (GMT -7)   
i switched to suspenders. works great, don't know why anyone would want to wear a belt anyways....far more comfortable. pleated pants will also give more material where you need it when the baggie fills up. i wear the suspenders under my shirts, no one has a clue. i wear golf shirts most days. Add me to facebook if you want to see some pics of me, or i can throw some up 'matthias scholtes'

Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


flchurchlady
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   Posted 9/8/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome, CubFan!
You know how a lot of men wear a white tank top under their dress shirt? As a woman, I use that concept when I wear low rise pants or jeans. There's something about tucking a tank top in under another shirt that keeps the pouch from puffing up over my pants.

Glad to hear you're back to work! :-)

Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

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