Sixteen years is a long time to go without an evaluation! After that you should meet with an ET nurse.
lol, try going 28 years without seeing a stoma nurse :) Seriously, if everything's going well, there's not really a great need to see one.
LFW, my first thought was a hernia, but you say you don't think it's that, so there goes my idea.
Also, does anyone have problems with the wafer around the pouch after a shower? It seems like whenever I take a shower, it loosens or makes the wafer deteriorate..(did I spell that right?) I order my supplies thru the mail, so I don't really know what all is out there.
Try visiting the various manufacturer's websites and asking for as many free samples as you can get to try out. You can usually order them online. The websites for the main ones are:
If you google ostomy manufacturers you'll probably come up with some more as well.
LFW also said...
Also, does the mouthwash really work????
A lot of people say it really does work. Personally, I use 3% hydrogen peroxide (no stronger). Just a few drops in my bag and the odour is completely gone. The 3% solution is safe to use on cuts and scrapes and even as a mouth gargle so it's completely safe to use in your bag too. Try it, you'll be amazed!
I have had an ileostomy for 30 years now due to UC.
I'm not a complete idiot - some parts of me are missing!