First post on here :)
Brief background on me. Diagnosed with UC in 2018. Been on medication since.
At this moment, I have two medications left. However, I'm heavily considering elective surgery later on this year. I see surgery as a when not an if, and would rather be fit and well when I have surgery rather than in a serious flare-up.
In terms of the ileostomy, I have two main queries:
Daily maintenance - how many times do you empty an ileostomy / how long does it take for the bag to fill / are there foods I should avoid / should I eat smaller meals more frequently or are fewer larger meals better / will meal timing make a large difference (not eating past 6 pm)
2. Hernias - Sports and the gym have been a big part of my life, and I'd love to continue them. I'm not looking to participate in contact sports anymore, but I'd like to take up cycling / light gym work (bodyweight exercises). As I have around 6 months before surgery, what can I do now / after surgery to reduce my risk of a hernia? I'm training my core quite frequently; however, is there anything more I can do?
Thank you for any responses, Stay Strong :)