Weak stomach muscles

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   Posted 6/5/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I've had my colostomy for 13.5 years now due to bad fistulas in rectum caused by Crohn's.  Never had any major problems with the colo except for 2 years ago.  Had my first parastomal hernia which was causing blockage problems so I had it repaired and a year later had another small hernia again.  This time my intestine was looping causing it to bulge out the side of the opening causing the stool to back up and then release itself like a water pistal.  Had this one repaired on March 30th of this year and now having some problems again.  When I pass my stools (always liquid), right under my stoma gets real hard, feels like a ball then it softens up after the stool passes.  I've also been having real bad back pain on my left hand side that shoots right to my stoma.  My surgeon says that the abdominal wall is getting too weak for my colostomy and is saying that we will probably have to move it to my right side.  Has anyone had this kind of pain due to a poor colostomy sight?  And what happens when that side gets too weak, where does it go then?  I am only 45, have a lot of life left with this THING!! 

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   Posted 6/6/2010 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sorry I cannot help with your question, but I wanted to bump it up...someone should be along:)
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
Proctocolectomy in 2008

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   Posted 6/6/2010 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow that sounds bad.

I read someone say they worked their abdominals by pulling in tranverse Abdominals at intervals lots of times during a day until they were stronger and flat.
Crunches not good idea with your problems but there are strengthening exercises you can do.

See a physiotherapist who can give you good ideas and then stick with it for at least 4 months. If a surgeon has damaged the muscle it all takes longer to work.
Those things we keep trying to do get easier not because the feat gets easier but our ability to "do" gets better.
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
6 Grown kids, grandkids and a great husband to keep me busy

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