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Keen to one day return to running. Not sure if I need a support belt. Not sure what type of bag might be best. Any tips and information appreciated.

 

Hi Emmie... When I was running, I just wore the normal inch wide belt that hooked onto my appliance.  I don't even know if "support belts" were available back then (the Eighties and Nineties).  I averaged about 25 miles a week.  Now, old man that I am, I walk every day and usually wear a support belt the day that I've changed, but rarely afterward.  Perhaps if you have somewhat of a tummy bulge, you'd want the support belt, but otherwise it's a matter of what you're most comfortable with as you run.

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Axl
 

You should never run unless something is chasing you ....

 


Axl wrote:

You should never run unless something is chasing you ....

I'm with ya Axl! LOL 

 

You’d definitely want some sort of support belt to help with the constant pounding that running would create. 


 

Hi Emmie - I've run regularly for the last 15 years and wore support underwear for the first few months but since then have just used normal running gear - I think some additional support materials can make you more conscious of the stoma and bag and therefore less likely to concentrate on good running form. Rather than a support belt, I'd concentrate on getting trainers that really work for you, thanks Steve. 

 

I used to be a marathon runner, now I run 5k 3xweekly, it took me about 8 weeks from recovery to start light jogging. I wear a tight support wrap around my waist, I can’t run without it and it holds everything in !

 

Much respect to those that run long distances. Even when I was in phenomenal shape way back when, running was the most dreadful thing to me. I could run sprints, hills, stairs, 200 meters all day long. But when the coaches wanted long distance stuff, God I hated those training days. 


 


Axl wrote:

You should never run unless something is chasing you ....

My family history of heart disease is chasing me 😂


 


Andy ileostomy wrote:

I used to be a marathon runner, now I run 5k 3xweekly, it took me about 8 weeks from recovery to start light jogging. I wear a tight support wrap around my waist, I can’t run without it and it ho...

Is there any particular belt you wear? I looked at stealth belts but am finding choosing one and sizing to be confusing.


 


AlexT wrote:

Much respect to those that run long distances. Even when I was in phenomenal shape way back when, running was the most dreadful thing to me. I could run sprints, hills, stairs, 200 meters all day l...

Yes for sure. I just put music on and jog a few ks. Nothing too strenuous.

 


Anonymous wrote:

Is there any particular belt you wear? I looked at stealth belts but am finding choosing one and sizing to be confusing.

Just email them, very helpful on getting the right size. 

Azdancer
Nurse
 

Look up mrcolitiscrohns on Instagram… he has a fabulous support belt.  Best one made. 


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How far are you running? Unless it's super-long distances so your bag's filling throughout the run, I'd just get out and run in whatever you normally wear. I don't see why you'd need support (I don't bother).

 

You could look into stealth belts - they hav a horizontal and vertical version. Gives good support and holds bag in place. 
I walk, do yoga n use a rowing machine with only a cover and put bag inside my boxer briefs.    That type of set up might also work for ur runs. 
good luck n kudos for running again. 


 


giantbadger74 wrote:

How far are you running? Unless it's super-long distances so your bag's filling throughout the run, I'd just get out and run in whatever you normally wear. I don't see why you'd need support (I don...

Sorry I only noticed more replies on this topic today. I don't run far just about 5km (haven't yet since surgery 2.5 weeks ago and it will be a while). My main reason for looking into support belts is parastomal hernia prevention. Having said that, apparently the evidence that they prevent hernias is pretty weak so I'm not sure I need anything. 

 

Definitely wear support. My surgeon said an ostomy is, by definition, a hernia because you are breaching the abdominal wall and creating a weakness. I didn’t wear a belt for exercise after a colostomy and ended up with a huge parastomal hernia. Repair surgery failed, twice, and I then had to have complete colostomy and an ileostomy…all within 10 days. I was very sick. Spent six weeks in hospital with infections and other issues and am still recovering five months later. This is the risk you take if you don’t take care of your stoma.


 


freedom wrote:

Definitely wear support. My surgeon said an ostomy is, by definition, a hernia because you are breaching the abdominal wall and creating a weakness. I didn’t wear a belt for exercise after a colo...

Thanks. I'm so sorry you've been through so much. I will be careful for sure.

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