Ostomy: Adapting to life after colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy

It takes time to become comfortable with an ostomy — a surgically created opening in your abdomen that allows waste or urine to leave your body.

Many questions may run through your mind as you practice good ostomy care and live your life. It can help to talk to others who have been there. Perhaps you’d like to ask others questions like: What can I eat? What about leaks? Can I go back to work after colostomy? Can I ride a bike with an ileostomy? Will everyone figure out I’ve had urostomy surgery just by looking at me? What about intimacy?

Welcome ostomates. Let’s talk frankly about living with an ostomy. Why not start by introducing yourself? What type of ostomy do you have? How’s it going?

I had an ileostomy in 2003/04 then had the reversal surgery. I am now contemplating having a colostomy surgery because I am currently spending so much time in the bathroom. I suffer from constant constipation which results in diarrhea which causes bladder infections, etc. I'm interested in finding out if I'm only jumping from the fire into the fry pan or if this will be a solution.

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