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Fri Oct 23, 2020 7:31 am
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Hi ive had a colostomy since i was 4 and im 20 now i have had lots of problems but at the moment its really annoying. Ive developed a hole as if the skin attached to the stomach is coming away and there is the inside wall i can see. It hurts quite a but when cleaning but the nurses say it is fine but its just getting bigger. Has anyone got this or experienced skin pulling from the stoma? Thank you 

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Fri Oct 23, 2020 8:25 am

Hello Victorialouise. 

Thanks for your post.

I have experienced something similar to that which you describe and it healed up to some extent after a period of six months or so. However, although it is no longer bleeding or painful, it has left an unusual small extrusion of stoma, which seems to have a 'withered' and dead looking appearance (a bit like a blister). I also had a small ( yet deepish) hole appear in the skin surrounding the stoma, which annoyingly kept bleeding every time I changed the appliance. eventually I put some Germolene 'new-skin' on it for a few days and it managed to heal up. I have no idea whether such a thing would help you but sometimes, if you share these sorts of 'remedies' with your stoma nurse, they will take the problems a bit more seriously and suggest a more medically acceptable solution. 

Sometimes I think that the medical profession are simply not interested in the 'little things', until they get so big that they need surgical attention, by which time the surgeons often say that we should have come to them sooner.  Go figure that one! 

Best wishes

Bill 

Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:24 pm

Sorry you are having these problems.I have not had that happen.Bill had some advice and maybe some others will post. Just don't let it get too far out of hand before seeing a docter. Best wishes and stay safe

MBT
Fri Oct 23, 2020 5:01 pm

Victorialouise, is the skin immediately around the wound a purple color? Does the wound get worse with pouch changes? 

Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:04 am
NurseWithAnOstomy wrote:

Victorialouise, is the skin immediately around the wound a purple color? Does the wound get worse with pouch changes? 


The skin isn't purple but you can see like a line around the part of the skin that has come away and it's when I come out of the shower and it gets dry it gets worse to look at and you can see the inside but when you have a shower and it's wet it sort of goes a little better than it does when it's dry. 
Obviously taking the bag off the skin does pull more at it but the poo goes into the hole making it worse and more sore. 
Thank you 

Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:07 pm
lovely wrote:

Sorry you are having these problems.I have not had that happen.Bill had some advice and maybe some others will post. Just don't let it get too far out of hand before seeing a docter. Best wishes and stay safe


Thank you 

Sat Oct 24, 2020 12:08 pm
Bill wrote:

Hello Victorialouise. 

Thanks for your post.

I have experienced something similar to that which you describe and it healed up to some extent after a period of six months or so. However, although it is no longer bleeding or painful, it has left an unusual small extrusion of stoma, which seems to have a 'withered' and dead looking appearance (a bit like a blister). I also had a small ( yet deepish) hole appear in the skin surrounding the stoma, which annoyingly kept bleeding every time I changed the appliance. eventually I put some Germolene 'new-skin' on it for a few days and it managed to heal up. I have no idea whether such a thing would help you but sometimes, if you share these sorts of 'remedies' with your stoma nurse, they will take the problems a bit more seriously and suggest a more medically acceptable solution. 

Sometimes I think that the medical profession are simply not interested in the 'little things', until they get so big that they need surgical attention, by which time the surgeons often say that we should have come to them sooner.  Go figure that one! 

Best wishes

Bill 

Thank you very much 

MBT
Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:48 pm

As Bill said, might be best to follow up with your surgeon, GI, or stoma nurse. Or consider a second opinion with a different stoma nurse!

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