My colostomy was needed due to a perforated colon which required emergency surgery this past May at Mayo Phoenix. The Mayo system and the doctors and nurses are great. However, it took 5 or 6 weeks for me to adapt to dealing with the colostomy. My husband took care of me until I finally adapted. He still takes care of changing the skin barrier with flange, bag, etc, 2 or 3 times a week. My colon is supposed to be reconnected in November.
My big problem is a hernia that developed within about 2 weeks or so after the surgery. The hernia is about the size of a grapefruit. I am experiencing a very deep and constant ache related to the hernia. The pain interferes with my sleep. It hits me the minute I wake up, and is with me 24/7. It is wearing me down. I take 2 Tylenol 8 hour pills (500mg each) in the morning and 2 when I go to bed. It provides little help.
I also use two types of support belts. One is a 1 inch wide belt that attaches to the Skin Barrier with Flange. The other belt is an abdominal belt that is about 6 to 9 nine inches wide and has a hole to fit around the skin barrier with flange. I think the purpose of the belts is to support the weight of the bag and to push the hernia back into my stomach. Both help a little but are uncomfortable to wear so I can't wear them all the time.
Does anyone know of a better way to deal with the pain and discomfort of the hernia? The Doctor tells me that the hernia will be taken care of when the reconnecting surgery is done in November. However, I need relief from the pain of the hernia now and until November.