sports, does the bag interfere??

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awesomeame
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   Posted 11/20/2006 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm hugely into motorized sports and am wondering if having an ostomy will interfere with them? ie will i be able to ride my sportbike where i lean forward-would i squeeze the pouch? i also ride motocross, have a quad and a sled, all of which are quite physical, requiring you to move around on the machine quite a lot....frankly i'm concerned about the pouch getting pulled off....should i be? oh and i like to dance too...not being able to dance would really suck!

not that i really have a choice, ostomy is on the way, just trying to see what to expect...

--matt
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


vette guy
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   Posted 11/20/2006 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   

Not to worry. I'm very active also. Though I've had my ostomy for 17 years, I got mine when i was 28.  You just need to take certain precautions. Put on a new appliance to guarantee the best seal, or simply empty the pouch before an activity. I was always big into physical sports, ie:softball, raquetteball, touch football. you name it. Just take it one step at a time to build your confidence. The only thing I don't do now is sleep on my stomach. That's it. Also you mentioned racing.  I own 2 Corvettes. And although I don't race them, being 6'3" it's a tight squeeze to get in, and there's NEVER a problem.  Your concerns are natural. you'll be fine.

 

 


Shaz032
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   Posted 11/21/2006 4:08 AM (GMT -7)   
There's a guy on another board with an ileostomy who rides a sports bike and is leant over the tank most of the time. He wrote " i had a cbr600f at the time and my dream bike was a 2003 blade which i couldnt afford as i was off work, so i sold the 600 and got a 2000 blade 2 months after my op, and 8 months later i got my 03 blue/black blade".

Good luck - your ileostomy shouldn't stop you from doing anything - only your mind will!
I have had an ileostomy for 30 years now due to UC.
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awesomeame
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   Posted 11/21/2006 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
ok thanks for the input. i had a vette a few years ago, a 2000, but i got rid of it back in 2004....wasn't fun enough for me lol.

once i'm recovered from the surgery will i be able to lift heavy things again? ie right now i can lift 200lbs no problem, will i be able to do that, or will the hole in my abdominum prevent that?

--matt
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


vette guy
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   Posted 11/21/2006 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
PLEASE TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR about THAT!!!!!  Though you should eventually be able to resume your lifestyle, follow the advice of my ET nurse and not lift anything heavier than your shoes for at least a few weeks.  It is very easy to form a hernia in the surgical area and you don't want to be too hasty.  Give yourself a break for a little while. you've earned it.

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 11/21/2006 8:22 PM (GMT -7)   
awesomeame, although i havent had ostomy surgery (yet...) i have had 2 abdominal surgeries related to crohn's disease. it took me a good 3-4 months before i could go to the gym and even do the lightest of weights. with time though you'll be fine. you will lose strength and muscle mass from not going for such an extended period of time. in my case, i lost 20-30 pounds, but then i had a horrible experience and was on liquids or nothing for about 2 weeks which caused the extreme wait loss. anyhoo, my surgeon blew a fuse when after a month into recovery from my first surgery i wanted to gauge me strength and tried to a push up, which i couldnt do. he really admonished me for doing that. so although i havent had an ostomy yet (i am praying i wont have to, but like you i have asked some questions to find out what to expect so i visit here once in a while) i have had similar experience in recovering from abdominal surgery.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (age 17)
been on every med available, currently on entocort, colozal, 6-mp, remicade
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; has improved somewhat w/ adoption of organic diet (maker's diet)
now contemplating ostomy surgery due to severe perianal disease and colonic inertia

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