For instance, tight waistbands or belts might feel restrictive over your stoma.
Be open to experimenting with different styles of clothes.
They can be the result of diverticulitis, perforated bowel, bowel obstruction, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, birth defects or accidental injury.
In some cases, rather than to save life, the reason may be to improve the quality of life, for example in those who suffer from incontinence or chronic constipation, or have a spinal injury or MS.
A colostomy may be formed to divert the motions away from the part of the bowel “downstream” from the stoma, to allow a join in the bowel or a diseased section to heal.
The colon is brought out through the skin to form a colostomy.
Similar to the no make-up selfies campaign in which women encouraged each other to post pics of their natural faces, this new viral campaign sees people inspiring each other with the slogan 'Get Your Belly Out'. Crohn's is an autoimmune condition affecting the bowel that is caused when the immune system triggers the release of a protein, tumour necrosis factor-alpha, which kills the 'good bacteria' in the gut.
This leads to inflammation and, in turn, diarrhoea, stomach pain, weight loss - because of poor digestion of food - and extreme tiredness.
You might think every gurgle and noise coming from your stoma is loud and heard by everyone in the room.
Most people won't notice your ostomy unless you tell them about it.