How do you know if you have a parastomal hernia? Is it painful? I realize there is supposed to be a 'bump', but I've gained 20 lbs. since surgery (sigh...........) so can't go by that.
My main question is what could cause pain around the stoma area - like deep inside pain, not skin surface pain. Could that be a hernia? It isn't a blockage because I have output - actually yesterday was a great deal of output more than usual - can the stoma get sore or the bowel get sore after a day like that? Very new at this and worried about a hernia. What are the symptoms? How would I know? My doctor is an idiot so don't even go there. He's afraid of my bag and my stoma, and there's a dr. shortage so I'm stuck with him.