What is the best position during the night sleep to avoid bag leakage?

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Murzik
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   Posted 5/16/2018 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I have back problems, therefore, I cannot sleep on my back all night (even with a pillow under my knees.) If I have a leakage it is mostly during the night and it is always in the same place: on the left of my bag, where I have the deep scar in the middle of my stomach. I am trying to figure out how to avoid this leakage. Maybe it happened because I sleep on my sides during the night? Any suggestions?

3timechamp
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   Posted 5/16/2018 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
My bag leaked on few nights. Surgeon used old incision in middle of stomach. It's like a Valley there. Of course it leaked on left side and I had 2 holes in incision that got infected Prob from stool getting in there. So I sleep on my right side to keep any possible leak from incision area. Also don't eat heavy meal at night

ks1905
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   Posted 5/17/2018 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Is it a permanent ostomy? How long have you had it? I am a side sleeper so it was easy for me except when my bag filled up with air.
Keith

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Murzik
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   Posted 5/17/2018 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, it is permanent. I have it for 10 months.

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   Posted 5/17/2018 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Sleeping on the back was always best for me, but after things settled, I would roll around and not have issues. I think the issue might be the setup since you have problems in the same place repeatedly. Can you meet with an ostomy nurse and get looked at? You might need some kind of paste of barrier strip to get the area covered.
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ks1905
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   Posted 5/18/2018 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I used protective barrier sheets and I did not have any leaks after I started using them. /www.coloplast.us/brava-protective-sheet-en-us.aspx
Keith

DX'd with Severe Pancolitis June 2005
Previous Meds: 5ASAs, Predisone, 6-MP. Remicade, Humira, Simponi, Cimzia & Cyclosporine
3-step J-Pouch surgery: 2013 & 2014

Current Condition: Chronic Pouchitis -- Not as bad as I thought it would be
Current Meds: Stelara
Total Hip Replacement: 12/16 -- Thanks Prednisone!!!
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   Posted 5/30/2018 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I slept on my back mostly, and then when I was more confident about it not leaking, I could roll in my side. Having a leg pillow for under your knees (if you’re on your back) helps.
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Julie1014
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   Posted 5/31/2018 6:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried barrier extenders? I used to get leaks all of the time until I used these. They adhere to the outer portion of your bag and abdomen, creating a "seal." There are many different brands out there. I use these. www.hollister.com/en/products/Ostomy-Care-Products/Ostomy-Accessories/Barrier-Rings-and-Strips/Adapt-Skin-Barrier-Extenders

The best of luck to you!

Julie
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