Had my colostomy almost a year ago (abcessed diverticuli). Have since developed a hernia under the stoma and wear a NuHope hernia belt all the time except for sleep and showering. My problem is the stoma now sticks out so far (was once a cute button) that it lays flush against my pouch. Any output at all sticks to the bag, gumming up and creating a real mess. My insurance will only cover so many supplies and changing daily because of this is not an option. So, I have been afraid to eat much of anything and now have reverted to my discharge weight (100 lbs). Now even a small plate discourges my appetite. I am wondering if I am losing weight because of a calorie deficit or if hernia is messing with my digestion. My surgeon was not very concerned when the hernia developed, but now made an appointment with him and my stoma nurse for a re-evaluation. This is scary ground, as has been the whole journey. Do things ever just settle down? Any thoughts appreciated. -Lorelei
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