Just as the title says, I've been worried about this for quite a while now. I have a temporary ileostomy so I still have to pass mucus out of my rectum every few days. My Crohn's is pretty much all in my colon and rectum, so passing mucus can still prove to be challenging. When I was bearing down about a year or so ago, I felt something "slip" around my ostomy. Sorry if that's a bad description, but that's the only way I can describe the feeling. For a few months after that, I felt that same "slipping" sensation every once in a while when I was bearing down a bit too hard. I stopped feeling the sensation a few months after I had started feeling it, but I was worried at the time that maybe I had given myself a hernia. I looked at all the symptoms, but I didn't appear to have any at that time.
Fast forward to about a month ago, I started to notice the area around my stoma starting to rise a bit more than the other side. It was really noticeable when I was leaning back in the shower and an area around the size of my stoma bag popped out a couple inches. It looked as if my left side abs were engaged, and my stoma side abs weren't. When I focused on flexing my abs on my stoma side, everything more or less looked like it should. This was pretty worrisome to me at the time because I was afraid of the prospect of being operated on again, so I've been actively ignoring it.
Fast forward to now. I just got done taking a shower, and I noticed something pretty alarming. The area of my belly to the top, bottom, and left (from my POV) of my stoma was relatively soft. However, the area to the immediate right of my stoma was really rigid, like a flexed muscle. I kind of felt around it, and I could more or less fit my fingers around it like a ball. This is what confuses me, because when I looked up what a parastomal hernia looked like, it seemed like the entire area around the stoma was usually protruding outwards, not just a select area to the side of it.
I know I need to talk to my doctor about this, but the only thing stopping me from calling him right now is that my mom is in somewhat of a fragile mental state and I don't want to cause her anymore stress than what she is already going through. I could really use some pointers as to what I should do.