How do u knw wen to change ur bag??

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   Posted 6/20/2011 12:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been doing good changing my bag 2-3 xs a week. Just changed it today n my skin started to really burn n itch. So bad i had to take it off the skin is so irritated n red!! I put powder n ring seal. Feeling ok rt now. But how do u really knw wen to change it especially if there's no leaks n it's still new??
Is it bad to leave it on if it hurts ur skin??
Diagnosed w/UC 4-7-. Went from proctitis only in rectum to full pan colitis. No Meds have worked,Been hospitalized 3xs n 5 mnths. Have Gastritis also. Current Meds: pred 20mg 7days tapper to 5mg. Nexium 40mg. Xanax1mg.had proctocolectomy on 5/26/11. Went really well despite code blue! Healing now. Ostomy is gonna take sum getting used to! Nxt surgery n 3mnths!

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   Posted 6/20/2011 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I was advised to change mine every 3-4 days. I know some people get more time out of them, but if you are having skin issues I wouldn't push it. If you are having that much skin trouble, you might want to see your ostomy nurse to get some advice on new products to try, etc.

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   Posted 6/20/2011 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I echo exactly what Run4pancakes said. I am a 3-4 day changer too. I don't get itchy, never have leaks and my wafers don't significantly start peeling off, so there are really no obvious signs of when to change for me. My issue was eroding of the wafer (and Eakin ring) right up against my stoma so that stool was ending up contacting my skin there if I went longer than four days. I knew because when I went 5 days, my skin started to get really red right around my stoma. When I go 3 or 4, it looks great.

Of course, if you peel your wafers off too often, that can irritate your skin too. Still, when I had a wound vac on, I had to change my wafers every other day and I still didn't get that much irritation from ripping them off so often. During this time, I did switch to standard wear instead of extended wear, which were easier to peel off when I wasn't leaving them on for very long.
-39 years old
-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 dose of Remicade but had excruciating joint pain and discontinued
-Had permanent ileostomy surgery 11/8/2010

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   Posted 6/20/2011 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I changed my bag everyday for a fresh one but it's because I was a bit fanatical about it. I had to change the wafer every 2 days (even though they told me every 7 days) b/c I had a lot of problems with skin breakdown. I just had a really tough time with my ileo. I was sunken it and just caused all kinds of problems so I always had to make sure everything was fresh all the time.
DX UC - in 2005 when I was 37
Tried every drug-even Remicade-nothing worked
Step 1: J-pouch surgery (Laparoscopic restorative proctocolectomy w/ temporary diverting loop ileostomy) 6-25-10
Step 2: Take down surgery (Ileostomy reversal) 10/8/10
No more UC!!! Very happy with my results of this surgery!

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   Posted 6/20/2011 4:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I change my wafer once a week. If it starts to itch it means that there is a small gao between the wafer and stoma and my skin is being irritated and so will change then but since I started using the mouldable wafers this is no longer an issue. Skin is fine and doesn't get irritated.
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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