I got my colostomy a month ago, was in hospital with more surgery until last week.
My hospital ostomy nurse said always place bag on barrier before placing on skin, but visiting nurse said to get fit right I have to place barrier first and snap bag into place. She did this yesterday and my belly still hurt the rest of the day and today, a lot, despite meds.
I find it difficult to get the barrier sized and shaped just right - odd shape and on an angle across a dip from previous surgery. The one I put on before the nurse came had too big an opening. The skin was not irritated after 3 days, but it showed a tiny bit.
I understand the stoma will change size and shape for a while. The visiting nurse cut me a template for the opening so I can check it for size and shape.
Should it hurt so bad to push the bag into place?