What to do with gas?

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Tintin
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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 5/1/2006 10:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  I am new to the site, new to ostomy.  I was told that I had OC 10 years ago and got my colon taken out.  Then they said I have CD.   Just had an ileostomy after many unfortunate incidents.  Terrible doctors turned me away thinking that I had constription even though I was repeatedly hospitalized for bowel obstruction.   Have been through a lot just like many of you and am trying very hard to adjust to the new lifestyle.  Just have the PICC line out of my arm (TPN) feeding, so I can finally take a shower/bath.  Will be very grateful if anyone can tell me how to get rid of gas build up in the bag?  It gets very embarrassing in public even though I wear loose clothing.  It still shows.  I am using Hollister New Image 2 piece system with filter but it doesn't seem to do anything?  Am I supposed to punch a hole at the filer area?  Wouldn't watery waste come out this way?  Also, still have problem taking a bath/shower.  Doesn't water always erode the skin barrier? 
 
 
TinTin

Shaz032
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   Posted 5/2/2006 3:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Tintin said...
Will be very grateful if anyone can tell me how to get rid of gas build up in the bag?  It gets very embarrassing in public even though I wear loose clothing.  It still shows.  I am using Hollister New Image 2 piece system with filter but it doesn't seem to do anything?  Am I supposed to punch a hole at the filer area?  Wouldn't watery waste come out this way? 
Unfortunately, filters tend to be useless after the first 12 - 24 hours for ileostomates. This is because our output can get watery and clog up the filter. They tend to work better for colostomates whose output is thicker.
 
In time, the gas will lessen for you although it will never completely disappear (if it does, then you are in trouble cos gas shows the bacteria inside you is working properly). Try having a little in your tummy at all times. No eating means no food in your tummy which means nothing for the bacteria to work on and hence gas will happen instead.
 
You can have a look at http://www.ostomates.org/diet.html   for foods which can cause gas. However, I don't like limiting my diet just because of my ostomy (I control it, not the other way round) so I just put up with it and 'burp' my bag as needed (if I'm alone). If not, I go to the loo and empty it.
 
Tintin also said...
Also, still have problem taking a bath/shower.  Doesn't water always erode the skin barrier? 
 
Most people have no problem taking a bath or shower with or without their wafer on. Yes, the water can erode the wafer in some cases, although usually it just makes it wet, but for others, it can actually help the wafer stick better once it's dried again. Some people like to 'picture frame' their wafer with waterproof tape (aka hytape or pink tape) but I've never been able to get it so no water gets in so I don't bother.
 
After you hop out of the shower, try drying it with a hair dryer on it's lowest setting. That should help the wafer stick down again if the water has made it loose. I just towel dry around the wafer and let my body heat dry it naturally. It's what works best for you that is the key to ostomy living.
 
Good luck.
 
Shaz
I have had an ileostomy for 30 years now due to UC.
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Tintin
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 5/2/2006 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi!  Shaz
 
Thank you so much for your prompt reply!  I get really depressed sometimes with the hospitalizations and the surgery.  I had two obstructions almost as soon as I got out of the hospital (after the surgery).  Fortunately, they resolved by themselves without another ER visit.  I am trying as best as I can to cope with my new life style and feel overwhelmed at times.  I guess I am constantly worrying about "accidents".
 
It is too bad that they can't come up with a better product to deal with gas.  However, I am very grateful to your help, the explanations that come with your answer are real helpful too.
 
Thanks again for everything.
 
TinTin

Suzie16
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 5/15/2006 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi! Have you tried Convatec's SUR-FIT Natura Drainable Pouch with Filter? They are fairly new to the market. What's different about these pouches is that although the filter sits right above the stoma, it does not get clogged with poo since there is a protective backing on the filter that lets the air out and keeps anything else in. It also seems to vent gas out faster than a normal filter. It's not perfect and like other filters, it does not last forever (especially if you get it wet in the shower, so always put on a provided sticker first, then remove after you bathe), but it's a good option. 

All ostomates are nervous about accidents in the beginning. You'll soon regain your confidence and learn to live with your ostomy. Be patient with yourself. I've had my colostomy for 8yrs. Sure i wish i didn't have one, but i'm pretty use to it. And i've never had a major accident in public..... just little ones in the privacy of my bathroom because i was careless or lazy.

take care! Suzie

 


Tintin
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 37
   Posted 5/16/2006 3:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi!  Suzie,

Thanks so much for your encouragement.  I am using Hollister's New Image 2 piece srainable pouch with filter.  Doesn't it work pretty much like Convatec's?  There is only one Ostomy/ET nurse for the entire area of southern CA with the insurance company I am with.  It is very difficult to get hold of her when I need to change and grant permissions for new accessory. 

I have read that by rinsing the pouch with 3 % hydrogen peroxide will get ride of the embarrassing odor.  Do you know if the solution hurts the stoma?  Does anyone experience hair loss after the surgery?  I am picking up tons of hair everyday.  I guess I am still very self conscious of my "bag".  I was told that I even walked with a hunch back!  I guess I am getting better.  This web site and people like yourself really have helped me out tremendously in adjusting and accepting my situation.  Thanks so much to everyone! 

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