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Can I Wear A Spandex Wrap over my stoma?

Sun Dec 30, 2018 12:26 pm
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i am trying to hide my stoma bump and bag bump.some days it seems it sticks out more and i dont know what to wear!! Help please!!Ive had this since Dec and i am very concious of this bump!!

Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:14 pm

I ware a wrap all the time, a tube top or tummy sleeve from a maternity shop. They work well until out put starts. If the top is too tight it will cause pancakeing and ballooning. I like to ware them any way. It gives me a more secure feeling.

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Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:02 pm

Hi Lee.  I don't know if you have an ileostomy or a colostomy, but if you have a colostomy, you could try irrigating.  If you get that down pat, all you have to wear is a stoma cap, which is like a big round bandaid.  Presto...No more bumps and you can wear anything you want to.  You wouldn't have to worry about a bag compressing and pancaking either.  If you have  colostomy and can do this, I'd check it out.  It's well worth the 2 months or so it takes to train your colon.

Good luck to you.

Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:11 pm

Is it harmful if you in a way stop the output from coming out when you wear something a bit tight around you

Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:36 am
Dancingthrough wrote:

Is it harmful if you in a way stop the output from coming out when you wear something a bit tight around you

Hello Dancingthrough. You pose a very good question which really deserves a forum post of its own because then it would get its own spot in the premium contents section. However, I will throw in my own comments just to get the conversation started. First of all, in my expeience, I have never been able to stop output by wearing tight garments. What tends to happen is that the output comes and coagulates onto whatever is pressing on the outside. Sometimes it makes a right mess and often leads to leaks. To emphasise this point, I irrigate and wear stoma plugs during the day. Occasionally, there is some residual output and it gets pushed out along with the plug. The force behind it must be considerable because I USUALLY WEAR A TIGHT HERNIA BELT AND MY OWN DESIGN OF HARD BELT WITH A BUCKLE TO MAKE SURE THE STOMA IS WELL PACKED ( to try to keep the plug in). 

Of course, wearing very tight clothing can cause other problems such as restriction of circulation, reflux and/or breathing difficulties or restricting urine output but my body is sensitive enough to let me know if these sorts of things necessitate my loosening off or narrowing the waistbands. My main problem with them is when I bend over and they constrict my ribcage. This can be painful and restrict my breathing because I have some floating ribs after an accident, so they don't protect my lung space in the same way that normal ribs might.

Having said all that, there is a fundamental difference between wearing something tight on the outside and having a 'blockage' on the inside. The latter needs to be sorted asap because a build-up of faeces or wind can be both painful, toxic and can lead to all sorts of physical complications.

I hope this goes some way to answering your question.

Don't fortget that these comments are not meant to be medical advice. They are simply the personal thoughts and experiences of someone who has been there and done that. 

Best wishes


Mon Dec 31, 2018 10:00 am

Thanks Bill. You are always informative. I don’t purposelly block my stoma.  I just tuck my pouch inside my clothes. It causes pancaking but does not restrict reflux. I have not to date had any leaks or accidents. I use liners in my pouch so I am able change quite easily.  I plan to try irrigation soon. But going on vacation so will wait till I get back.  As a newbie I welcome hearing from anyone 

Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:10 pm

Thanks Dancingthrough. I would urge you to try irrigation as soon as possible because the chances are that you won't have any output once you get into the routine. This means you can be free of bags and all the inconveniences that go with them. My irrigation worked from day one and I would highly recommend that you irrigate whilst on vacation as it will make it so much more bearable.

Best wishes


Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:24 pm

Thsnks again Bill.  I have ordered the stuff I need to start irrigating.  I’m a bit nervous but am going to give it a go as soon as I can

Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:42 pm

all good stuff, the nitty gritty! Who would have planned to become an expert in viscosity! you got to laugh!

Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:42 pm

There are lots of great wraps specifically designed for stomas.  Check out ostomysecrets.com and try googling for other sites.

Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:27 am

Hi what is irrigating mean? I’m not new but I’m new to this group I had a colostomy and now I have a ileostomy so they are different but i was very upset and didn’t except it and people friends family everyone seemed to leave out of my life besides my father and my daughter she is in my life more now since I almost died 😭 in 2018,, 3 surgeries in a year was im trying to except more. Now  because I have it for life I’m 54 years old got sick when it stopped smoking it seemed very strange but it’s true  to me and I was 48 years old when I got so sick and had a man who now he left me and I have to say I been through so much and I’m hoping to meet and talk to new people and make friend and except this happy 😃 is his name my stoma  I can’t change it 

Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:30 am

Also continue from that post does anyone talk to therapist or how does anyone who wants to me all about the t feel?? I’m so sad and now I’m trying to work harder on this because I have to I have anxiety really bad and never feel good 😭please I need good people and friends hope everything is having a good day!! Happy new year!!! Victoria 

Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:19 pm

NewlifeVictoria start a new post. You are really off topic. This was about wraps. I am sure you will get better results. Many people here have used a therapist.

Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:36 pm

Really what you mean? What was it?

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