We are all too familiar with that awful sensation of a ballooned up ostomy pouch. Not only does it put unnecessary and uncomfortable pressure on your stoma and your abdomen, but it is also harder to hide your ostomy pouch when it is ballooned up to the size of the hindenburg and can be seen from miles away even underneath your clothes.
Well, if you have been recently struggling with controlling the gas that is filling up your ostomy pouch, then we have something in common. I have actually been dealing with this problem for months on end, and it has ruined a lot of social situations and various nights out because I feel insecure about the gas that has filled up my ostomy pouch so fast.
It is even more annoying when you constantly have to change your ostomy bag because it keeps filling up so quickly. Also, we all have experienced having the seal on our skin barrier become burdened or irritated due to the pressure of the over-inflated ostomy pouch. I was so tired of this problem that I ended up doing a lot of my own research about gas in ostomy pouches to see if there are certain things that I can do to battle the gas or even prevent it. Fortunately my hard work paid off and I was able to find a bunch of different articles written about ostomy pouches and how to solve the problem of the pouch being over-inflated with gas.
First off, it is important to note some of the primary reasons for getting gas in our bodies. Normal people (people who don’t have a stoma or have to live with an ostomy pouch) actually fare a lot better when it comes to getting gas because they have a way to stop the gas from coming out of their body at unwanted times.
Those of us with a stoma, however, are forced to just let the gas build up inside of our ostomy pouches until things are about ready to burst. That is why it is actually really important to figure out what types of things can create gas in our systems and try to avoid doing those things as best as we can.
The first thing I would like to talk about is how eating different types of food can cause gas. Believe it or not, the old myth about beans is actually true; beans can cause a lot of gas in our bodies. So the next time you go to take a great big bite of Johnsonville baked beans, think about the effects that the gas will have on your ostomy pouch in the long run. Other food like cabbage and sweet potatoes can also cause a lot of gas, so those would be good things to avoid eating if you are out on the town for the night.
Surprisingly, the way that we eat also has a huge impact on the amount of gas that we may experience. Chewing food with your mouth open or attempting to talk while eating can cause us to swallow a lot of air, which will in turn create more gas that needs to go somewhere else.
I hope this article helped you overcome your gassy ostomy pouch problem – good luck!