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knahs1
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   Posted 4/5/2011 2:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I was using an otomy belt but would rather not, whats everyone else preference?

villager
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   Posted 4/5/2011 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, i have never worn a belt, i'm not sure what the purpose is of the belt. for me the wafer seems to holdfast enough despite the weight in the bag. ? does the belt aim to give support to muscle around the stoma and so prevent hernia; on this score i've done heavvish work without problems so far

will be interested to hear the use others have found for a belt

knahs, ? what benefit did you gain from the belt

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elddiReMsihT
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   Posted 4/5/2011 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
It depends on the state of my skin.
When my skin was irritated and weepy, the wafer's adhesives alone didn't feel secure. The belt helped there, although I don't know if it actually helped much or just made me feel better about it.
Now that my skin is doing well, I don't use one. Everything feels very secure, so I feel fine without.
The belt is vital to the adhesiveless system that I had to use for awhile while my skin was healing up.
Diagnosed with UC in 2007
Flare in 2007 causing anemia requiring blood transfusions, eventually controlled by asacol and 6-MP.
Flared again in 2009 as 6-MP lost effectiveness, went on TPN and received more blood. Started Remicade, which induced remission.
Flared 2010; Remicade no longer effective.
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stripey
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   Posted 4/5/2011 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Never used one or found need to use on. Think I would find it annoying to feel it under my clothes but can understand people who use them to make the bag feel more secure of they are having issues with the adhesion of the wafer.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.

run4pancakes
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   Posted 4/5/2011 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Right now I wear the thin one from Hollister. It's mainly just because I feel better when the bag is more full. I don't know if it's actually doing anything or not, but it doesn't bother me and mentally I feel more secure, so why not?

My new big discovery is using the belly bands that I used early in my pregnancy as a belt/cover. I pull one on under my clothes and tuck the bottom up a little bit and it holds the pouch nice and flat against me. I've even been wearing it when I sleep and it's great!
UC dx 2/08

Done with the drugs. Step 1 (of 3) J-pouch surgery 3/22/11, Steps 2 & 3 TBD
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summerstorm
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   Posted 4/5/2011 8:31 PM (GMT -6)   
i havent worn one, i dont really understand them.
i do like the belly bands for some outfits though.
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smackie
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   Posted 4/5/2011 9:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I think it depends on stoma location.

Mine is quite high and due to this I have to wear my pants below my stoma. I wear a lot of jeans and belts and if I don't have some form of belt the weight of the jeans on the bag is quite uncomfortable when the bag starts filling.

For this I have tried two things.

1) Using a simple thin ostomy belt attached to the bag. (Hollister gave me a sample to try with their one-piece bag) This provides some relief but I had to do the belt so tightly to provide support that it wasn't really a solution; and
2) Putting my bag sideways and using a belly band / wrap / phoenix or stealth type belts.

I've found 2) is more useful as I can wear my normal clothes without excess pulling on the bag / wafer. Except it is a bit annoying sleeping with it sideways and it gets annoying having to wear a belt at all times
Jul 06 - Dx with Coeliac
Sep 06 - Dx with Crohn's
Oct 10 - Pancolitis subsequent to a campylobacteriosis infection
Dec 10 - Dx Crohn's (GI) / Dx UC (Surgeon) / Dx Indeterminate colitis (Pathologist)
Dec 10 - Subtotal Colectomy & End Ileostomy [complicated by high dose IV steroids]
2011 - The year of recovery
2012 - Ileosigmoid anastomosis? J-pouch? Total proctocolectomy?

RiddleMeThis
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   Posted 4/5/2011 11:53 PM (GMT -6)   
The few of you that have posted regarding using an ostomy belt...could you provide a link to it? I think I may want to try one. Never used them but I wouldn't mind feeling like I have extra security. I bought a belly band but I can't really get used to it. I like how it holds the wafer against my body, but then it cuts off the bottom of bag, which really annoys me and I worry that output is unable to get to the bottom of the bag.

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 4/6/2011 2:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Riddle, here's the link to the belt:
 
 
i've never even gave it a try, i don't feel i need it. i wear exactly these kind of undies, but mine is not lacy:
 
 
i feel that's all i need and it's comfy and gives me the best support. i wear a size that is not too tight and not too loose, just exactly as i need it to be :)

run4pancakes
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   Posted 4/6/2011 7:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Riddle: that Adapt belt is the same one I wear. With the belly band: I fold the bottom inch or two up under so it creates a little lip inside along the bottom. I then put the end of my bag inside that lip so it's not falling out of the bottom. That seems to work for me.
UC dx 2/08

Done with the drugs. Step 1 (of 3) J-pouch surgery 3/22/11, Steps 2 & 3 TBD
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stripey
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   Posted 4/6/2011 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I wear shorts style undies (like bikini style height) and have higher stoma so that the top of the undies elastic comes to the bottom of the wafer ring (Iwear a two piece system with a click cinnecting ring). I then tuck just the clip end of the bag into the top of the knickers elastic and let rest if bag hang down, sort of in a loop. This way instead of all the weight being on one area it is spread between the two and also don't like the feeling of the bag hanging down my leg, it annoyed me when it was starting to fill and could feel it pressing against thigh area when I sat down. This way it is all in the stomach area.
Crohn's dx 1989, loop ileo 1992, end ileo 1992. Arthritis developed 1990 Stoma abcess 1995. Azathioprine started 1995. Panprocolorectomy 1999. Stillbirth 2000, antiphospholipid syndrome dx 2000. Flare up 2004, stoma abcess and strictoplasty 2004. Low blood pressure dx with impaired kidney function 2006, fludrocortisone pres. flare up 2010, steroids, Humira, codeine.
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