• How active can you be with a colostomy? Have any of you had recurring problems while being active?

    Asked by StegalMan on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    How active can you be with a colostomy? Have any of you had recurring problems while being active?

    8 Answers from the Community

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    • Rider's Avatar
      Rider

      I have a friend with a colostomy, he runs marathons on a regular basis.

      about 1 month ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      I also have a few friends with a colostomy bag and they are very active. There are several here on the site, some of them will probably chime in.

      about 1 month ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar
      Skyemberr

      I could do a lot while i had mine it was pretty slow compared to add ileostomy. The only thing i didn't feel comfortable with was swimming because i worried the bandage would come off.
      It also had an impact on what i would/could eat.

      If yours is coming off a lot you might need to see the wound care nurse to make sure you have been fitted with the correct bandage. Good luck to you! I hope you have a chance for reversal down the road, but you can live a good life with one.

      about 1 month ago
    • cavaliers' Avatar
      cavaliers

      I've had an iliostomy for 4 years. Had a problem with leakage until I discovered barrier strips. They seal your bag so you can comfortably and confidently do anything you want. Makes all the difference and very comfortable.

      about 1 month ago
    • Teelee3's Avatar
      Teelee3

      I've had an ostomy for 2 1/2 years and wore a bag until about 6 months ago when I started irrigating. The bag never slowed me down at all.

      about 1 month ago
    • Whitey61's Avatar
      Whitey61

      I volunteer /mentor. With YMCA livestrong, we have another mentor with a bag, over 5 yrs now, he works out with me cardio/weights, plays golf 5 times a week, has done triathlons , bike riding and 5 k runs with our program, he is 72 and nothing stops him!..Remember, Livestrong!, You got this.

      about 1 month ago
    • Newby2Cancer's Avatar
      Newby2Cancer

      I don't personally know her, but there is a lady that comes in the center where I get treated that has one. She is always spry and happy to be getting her day on. I don't picture her as being slowed down at all.

      about 1 month ago
    • cllinda's Avatar
      cllinda

      It really depends on the person. I had an illeostomy and I had the bag for three months. It was a nightmare! For the first month or so, they couldn't find a system that would stay on. I had explosions all the time, to the point of a bleeding belly. They finally tried a different company, and I was able to keep it on . I stayed close to home and was in fear most of the time. Worst three months of my life.

      about 1 month ago

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