Ever since my parastomal hernia formed back in May 2019, an internal battle has being fought about whether I should do anything about it. I’ve had conversations with family and friends, a counsellor, those who’ve had a hernia and the professionals who operate on hernias and after weighing up all of the options I came to the conclusion in January 2020 that I would leave it alone.

I stuck to this decision for many months and even though I was always conscious of the hernia, I largely accepted it and didn’t worry about its appearance. I would still wear t-shirts that didn’t hide the hernia and wasn’t concerned about if people were looking at it. 

Over the last 2 months I’ve been getting back into running and during that time I’ve been making a conscious effort to eat more healthily and workout more and during that time I’ve lost over a stone in weight and plan to try and lose another. I’d always thought, and I’m sure my surgeon confirmed, that by losing weight I’d help reduce the profile of the hernia but instead it’s either become more prominent during the weight loss or has grown slightly. 

And now that it’s become more prominent, I’ve become more conscious of it. I’m still not concerned about whether people are looking at it but I can’t help constantly thinking about it and looking down and being reminded about it. 

In addition to visually seeing it I’m also reminded about it by how it feels. I can’t always feel it it at times I experience sensations when it’s particularly prominent. 

This has brought the hernia back to the forefront of my mind and I’m starting to think about whether I should do anything about it. It’s difficult because I know that I shouldn’t do anything about it, know that there are very real risks but when something plays on your mind it’s not straightforward to simply forget about it. 

I fear this internal battle will rage on for much, much longer!

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Diagnosed with IBD in 2002, I have experienced the usual ups and downs of having a chronic disease and tried numerous medications but the time finally came in 2018 to elect to have surgery to improve my life. I had the surgery in 2019 and this is my journey having a 'New Bum'.

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  1. Hi
    I have a paranormal hernia too. Mine is also more prominent since running and losing weight.
    Do you have a stomach support belt
    My specialist nurse referred me to supportx who do made to measure support belts you can also get underwear if preferred . They come and assess your hernia and measure you for a belt , there are different materials and colours so you can try various options with them as to what you prefer.
    I wear mine every day for work and , exercise and only remove it for bed or relaxing. It supports the hernia holding it in and no one would be any the wiser of a hernia or even wearing the belt .

    1. Hi Kerrie, thanks for your comment 🙂 It’s interesting reading that you’ve been through the same in terms of it becoming more prominent through running/weight loss.

      I wear a SuportX belt when running and working out but don’t wear it at other times. I used to wear it regularly when I first had a hernia but found it uncomfortable and didn’t want to always have to wear it so stopped. I know that’s a sort of solution to the problem but really don’t want to have to constantly wear one 🙁

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