Tummy exercises?

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   Posted 12/17/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
Yet another question....
What are some good tummy exercises we can do when we have a colostomy? Mine is on the lower left side. I've never had a "flat" tummy but would like to tighten up the muscles. I just had surgery on Nov.23 and have been switched to a concave device.
Thanks a bunch!
RX Crohn's 1999, over 30 surgeries, 3 strokes, permanent colostomy and rectum removal.
"The most unfortunate thing that happens to a person who fears failure is that he limits himself by becoming afraid to try anything new."

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   Posted 12/17/2009 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
well its a little too early now for you to be doing anything.  it would probably hurt anyway, lol.
But i have done situps, and i was using this thing at the gym, when i was going. just go easy at first, and wait until its been about 2 months at least so that your inscision heals all the way.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-

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   Posted 12/17/2009 11:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I couldn't do much until 3 months and then I am still being careful.(Aug 4th, 09) Who wants to get a hernia!! Yikes.

Laying on your back, legs straight out, practice pulling the muscles down, into your back.
Laying on back, legs out, lift head and curl up just a little and then rest.
On side, elbow and knees on floor but hips up, and hold and then release.

Good luck. This whole adventure does give you a new lease on life,huh?
This heights by great men reached and kept, were not obtained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.
H.W. Longfellow
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009

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