try this link if you haven't one
also sounds like there may be a fungal infection under the wafer - there has been a recent thread on tha too...
Good luck with it all,
As a new ostomate and a cancer survivor, I would recommend you take things *very* slowly. I have learned over time that people who lose weight gradually and naturally have the most success at keeping it off. I come from a family of serial dieters, and I can vouch for that statement 100%. I'm sure I don't have to suggest that you consult with your doctor about any new exercise regime or diet changes you plan on implementing into your life. Your nutritional needs will be slightly different from the general populace.
Keep it balanced, keep it moderate, and let common sense rule!
After a nearly 50 pound weight gain, I joined a "wellness center" gym, and have been successfully working with a trainer and taking 5-10 different exercise classes a week. I have back , & leg issues, in addition to my ostomy, but it hasn't stopped me from finally doing something productive. I've always tried exercising on my own, and would either hurt myself, or claim that the excercise makes the wafer "move". Yes....sometimes that does happen. But after a year, I've lost nearly 50 pounds, with my doctors' blessings, and am continuing with my new health & wellness regime. We discovered that I've had very poor balance for years, because of very weak abdominal muscles. So I'm working hard on developing more core strength, endurance & mobility as well and have found that my balance has improved significantly. As an insulin dependent diabetic, I was thrilled that the increased exercise allowed me to significantly reduce my need for insulin. The downside has been some digestive issues when I had to replace some carbs with more veggies.
I wish you the best of luck. Get a go ahead with your doctor, and if possible, some guidance from a "trained" trainer.
Thanks to all of you for "being here".
Just more proof that people with ostomies are just as capable as the rest of "us" when it comes to improving their lives and having the courage to make positive changes. I've been losing weight in a healthy way since this past June and it hasn't always been easy - even as someone who doesn't have an ostomy! So I give you mad respect for that.
I have found that tracking what i eat and walking was the best "diet" i have ever been on. I lost 40 pounds pre ileostomy. I didn't deny myself anything...if I wanted a cheeseburger I ate it but I accounted for those calories. I used My Fitness Pal to track my calories and Runkeeper to track my walks. I stayed within (or close to) my calorie goal every day and walked for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week. Lost a steady 1 to 2 pounds a week. The apps talk to each other so your exercise is automatically calculated into your daily calories.
I just started back walking each morning yesterday. I can only go for about a mile....but I'll be back to three miles before long! Haven't started tracking calories again. I don't need to lose any weight really but i certainly don't need to gain any either! And if i keep eating twinkies I'll be gigantic.