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   Posted 3/8/2007 4:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone. I wanted to ask you how much noise having an ostomy makes. I spend a lot of time in big rooms with other people where it is really quiet. An example would be taking an exam in a room with 40-100 other people. Will they be able to hear anything?


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   Posted 3/9/2007 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
depends on what you eat and how you eat. you WILL have gas, but you can reduce it by not drinking carbonated drinks, or avoiding foods which will give you gas (you'll discover which foods are good/bad for this). if you eat fast, or drink while you're eating food, you're more likely to ingest air, thereby causing gas. that said, YOU are going to be more consious of your noises then anyone else...other ppl fart too, and if you're having a gassy day they'll just pass it off that you ate something bad--it happens to everyone. as for the bag "rustling," (the older the bag, the more the rustle i've found) i really don't think anyone hears it, and they certainly aren't going to be able to identify the sound "hey that guy has an ostomy!"<--that isn't going to happen :)

just as another note, i went out last night with a group of guys who didn't even know i was in the hospital, and i didn't tell any of them about the surgery. no one was staring at my bag, or wondering where that rustling was coming from. they were all suprised to find out i was even IN the hospita, and i never did tell them exactly what was done to me. so you see, no one has a clue about your surgery unless you tell them.

you could maybe try wearing a jacket or sweater to muffle the sound of the gas if you're having a bad day, i dunno? i just let them go, ha!

Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis

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   Posted 3/9/2007 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,  I have found that a product called Beano can be helpful at times.  Also, at first I thought,  I will not eat before I go into a situ that I would be woefully aware of "my noise".  Well, that does not work, turns out you have more gas on an empty stomache.  When I go to the show or somewhere I feel self concious(spelling?), I do take a coat or sweater to muffle, or my purse.  It does not always help, but sometimes it does.  Also, I am not sure if it is a factor, in fact I was going to post a question about this scenario.  I was using a 1" precut, then I went to a 7/8" precut, which was EXACTLY the size, so it left not much wiggle room, I did notice I had more gas when I am wearing the 7/8" waffer.  Recently, I notice my stoma was bleeding, so I thought, oh no I had better try the 1" again.  Well, I have noticed a reduction in the gas thingy!  So maybe if a wafer is too snug it also will contribute to the gas problem?  I rarely drink a carbonated drink in a theater anymore, unless it is one of those loud action films LOL!  Take Care, Donna

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   Posted 3/10/2007 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Doc- You didn't mention what type of ostomy you're having. I'm now 46, had a colostomy in '89 which turned into an ileostomy in '04. I often have to give presentations in a board room with 20 attorneys and the room is totally quiet. My job has a lot of exposure. ANY noise in this situation, no matter how infrequent would be unacceptable to me. I found with the colostomy, sitting with your arm over the ostomy , or standing with your arms over the ostomy would always muffle any sound. I NEVER had an embarrassing moment by doing this. Now that I have  an ileostomy it's totally different. It's virtually silent all the time. I still find myself covering my stoma sometimes when sitting or standing merely by force of habit.  And, like others have said here, diet can reduce gas too.  But, keep in mind, everyone is different. Don't worry you'll be fine!!! You've got a lot of friends here. Good luck with the surgery.

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   Posted 3/27/2007 9:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, im 17 and go college and my classes are always dead quiet, my ileostomy always makes noises but it depends on what i have for breakfast which determines how much noise and how loud. when its at its worst i just say "excuse me" or something like "got a bit of wind" just make a joke of it because it doesnt smell. Im like the class clown and i have told some of the lads that i have an ileostomy and there cool about it and just laugh about it. Who doesnt get abit of wind? lol

Good luck to everyone and everyone take care.
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