Need tips for concealing ostomy!

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supernova
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   Posted 4/24/2011 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Everybody!! :)
I haven't been on here for awhile. (Surgery March 1st, this year) Been doing awesome! Feeling great and look better than ever! So happy I made the decision to have surgery! I have run into a little bit of an issue. I like to wear tank tops, but the problem is that you can obviously see the ring from my convatec, convex one piece appliance. I wear the Ostomy Secrets wraps everyday.. they are very nice and comfy, but you can still see the ring on my pouch. Any tips on how to conceal this better when wearing tighter clothes like tank tops? Thanks!!
Love ya

blueglass
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   Posted 4/24/2011 4:14 PM (GMT -6)   
No tips, but glad to hear you're doing great!
48 years old, female.
2004 dx indeterminate colitis. Back and forth between Crohn's and UC dx. Many drugs, minimal success.
2010-11 Crazy skin and eye complications, high fevers, bad flaring. Out of good drug options, tired of scary drugs.
Feb 2011 -- proctocolectomy with permanent ileolostomy; abscess, blood clot. Still healing, still glad for the surgery

polishdan
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   Posted 4/24/2011 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I only wear loose button shirts and only some sort of print or plaid or whatever, but no plain shirts. Plain shirts make the pouch more visible. Don't know if it would make any difference on a tight tank top.

Dan

RiddleMeThis
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   Posted 4/24/2011 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
What about layering up and wearing two tank tops instead of one? Or maybe not wearing them so tight? I like wife beaters myself, and either layer up or wear a size bigger when I'm just hanging around the house.

summerstorm
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   Posted 4/24/2011 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
i wore tank tops today and they weren't visible. what kind of pants are you wearing? 

Blueheron
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   Posted 4/24/2011 8:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Great to hear from you Supernova. I had been wondering how you were doing.

I like wearing tight tops too. I have some wraps made by Comfizz (out of England... but ship to the US) that do a great job of concealing, but I imagine these are similar to the Ostomy Secrets ones.

I find that layering two tank tops workswell. Also, since a lot of tops are longer nowadays, I find if I don't pull them straight down and let them bunch up ever so slightly around my waist area, I am able to hide the ring a bit. Another option is to just stretch your top out slightly around that area a little bit when you put it on. This prevents it from clinging so much, while still maintaining a fairly tight look.

My stoma is pretty low though. I wear mid to low rise jeans, and it sits just under the waistband, but because my pants aren't super snug there, and more hang on my hip bones, it doesn't really affect the flow or press on my stoma that much. Because of this, most of my pants sort of conceal the ring as well.
-Officially diagnosed with UC in 2006, though had symptoms since 1999.
-Had mild/moderate symptoms continuously until severe flare in autumn 2010 which required 2-week hospital stay
-Took Asacol, Rowasa, Canasa and Prednisone to manage flares but meds stopped working
-Tried 1 infusion of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010

polishdan
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   Posted 4/24/2011 9:12 PM (GMT -6)   
ALL YOU LADIES
Just don't wear a tank top! Nobody will notice your ostomy!

anonymous

supernova
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   Posted 4/24/2011 10:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all the responses! :) My stoma is located right across from my belly button and I wear pants that are below the belly button. I tried layering the tanks and that seemed to help a bit, but of course I still notice. Sorry polishdan, but I refuse to give up my tanks. I refuse to let colitis take away what I can and cannot wear, it's already taken too much from me! hehe!
Later! :)
29 year old female
Ulcerative colitis- 13 years
Current meds- sulfasalzine
Meds tried- suppositories, enemas, asacol, prednisone, lialda, immuran, sulfa, remicade
End ileostomy surgery- March 1st

80sChick
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   Posted 4/25/2011 4:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Supernova, I was going to say just exactly what blueheron said for the tips.

And as for YOU still noticing it, keep in mind that just because you see it, that doesn't mean that others see it. They're not looking for it, most people don't know what an ostomy IS, let alone that you have one, and they've got bigger fish to fry than looking for your ring. Heck, most of THEM are probably worrying about their own appearance just the way you are-everyone has something they're self-conscious about.
Stephanie, 29 years old

March 2000-Diagnosed Crohn's Colitis
(Tried every drug imaginable, but lived 10 years with daily diarrhea)
March 18, 2010-Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy! :)
(Now med free, 4 subsequent procedures to correct blockages at stoma site)

Stoma named Zoe...She's my best bud!! :)

supernova
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   Posted 4/25/2011 9:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Well said 80's chick! Thanks! :) My poor husband is going to get sick of me asking "Can you see it?" all the time! hehe :)
29 year old female
Ulcerative colitis- 13 years
Current meds- sulfasalzine
Meds tried- suppositories, enemas, asacol, prednisone, lialda, immuran, sulfa, remicade
End ileostomy surgery- March 1st

polishdan
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   Posted 4/25/2011 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
supernova
You misunderstand. I meant, don't wear a top.....nobody will notice your ostomy.


anonymous

stripey
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   Posted 4/25/2011 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
polishdan - you are a bad, bad boy. lol

Sorry can't give any advice over the tank top issue, never worn them since my mum stuck me in one when I was 6 years old that she had knitted for my school photo, she assured me it was quite a fashion in the mid 70s. It was yellow and had a lion on the front, it has taken me years of therapy to get over the embarrassment of it........now it has bought it all back.

rocking quietly in the corner humming to myself.......
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.

Shaz032
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   Posted 4/25/2011 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I just wear tight jeans and a loose long tank top over the top (I'm not one for tucking tops into jeans or slacks) - sure I have to empty a tiny bit more, but it's worth it!
Ileostomy for 34 years due to UC. I had my surgery at 10 years of age.

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summerstorm
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   Posted 4/25/2011 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
i usually wear a tight tank top on the bottom, my jeans cover my bag, i sometimes wear a tight one on top too, but my fat roll shows, lol, and then a looser one on top, basically the layered look most people wear, the old navy tank tops are great, and cheap!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
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