My Own Personal Life With Ulcerated Colitis
If you have read my about me page or seen the essential oils for scars ? you will know I suffered with ULCERATED COLITIS (UC) for over 19 years. My own experience of the illness, Is even though I knew nothing about massage at that time.
When I had what’s called to people who know as a flare up. That to me was going to toilet over 40 times in 24 hours & I used to lose over 1 1/2 stone in weight in under 2 weeks until the prednisolone tablets (steroid ) kicked in and started to control it again. Over these periods I would have been unable to have a massage as my head was always thinking of going to toilet & my bowels definitely did make me go ! (even though I never had time of work as a fabricator welder, I struggled to keep going ).
Ileo Anal Pouch Operation
After the first operation (April), which left me with a ileostomy for 6 months whilst the internal pouch healed. Me myself was to conscious of the bag, I couldn’t even look at myself in the mirror ! I hated it ! ( only my personal thought’s knowing I was only having it for a short time ). NO way would I have had a massage. I wouldn’t have been relaxed at all.
Now after second operation September), 6 months later, I do not think I could have had a massage for 2 months after. It was too painful around the scar area & I needed to stretch the skin around my belly button. I did this by learning to kayak 6 months after second operation. Climbing up the back of a kayak really stretches the stomach muscles & the cold water stops you feeling any pain.
Around my belly button going out approx. 100mmish was a multi coloured bruise starting with deep purple in the middle, going out to a pale yellow (wish I had taken some pics now ! ).This happened every Saturday after my kayak lesson for over 2 months.
As soon as you can lay on your belly comfortable, it will be fine to have a massage, Just not to hard on the lower back. The pouch could be still healing and you are still learning how it works. In the UK I have never had my stomach massaged. Only in Thailand do they massage my stomach.
I wouldn’t have Traditional Thai massage until at least 6 months after. All the bending and stretching could be painful & this wouldn’t make it relaxing.
But now 16 years after operations I can have any massage that I want, with no pains or after effects. Just a lovely feeling of relaxation.
I would say that when you are feeling good try a massage, They are so relaxing and stress relieving.
SWIDISH or AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE is what I would advise you to have. but that’s my choices ( and the wife’s a Qualified massage therapist)
I have written this up for others with UC or CROHNs or even IBS. But your condition will not be exactly the same as mine & I’m no doctor I was just a long time sufferer of the illness & as such had a lot of experience over the years, It’s a very lonely illness & the bowels seem to be a no, no subject for others to talk about !!
I’m here for anyone who wants to ask any questions or let me know there experience’s.
You can email : firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
Keep positive and life will get better ( mine did after operations & I’ve never looked back )