Non-IBD Obstructions?

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FitzyK23
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   Posted 7/23/2008 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
No one else in my family is diagnosed with IBD.  My grandmother however had colon cancer and has a bag.  My dad has always had the runs after meals and in the mornings for as far back as I can remember.  He sees the same GI group that misdiagnosed me when I lived in Mass.  I remember him being in the hospital when I was a kid and I was asking him why recently.  Turns out he had a bowel obstruction at one point and had surgery (though I am not sure if it was a resection).  Do people without IBD get those? I was just shocked that he has had so many symptoms but no diagnosis. 
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


belleenstein
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   Posted 7/23/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes it is definitely possible to have a bowel obstruction without having crohn's. Sometimes it can obstruct from a combination of impaction (advanced constipation) and ileus. The bowel just stops working. Sometimes the loops can get kinked (especially if there is a history of previous abdominal surgery.) However, with your history it would make sense to have a full work up done to screen for crohn's especially with his persistent symptoms.
Belleenstein:

30+ years living with Crohn's.


Nanners
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   Posted 7/23/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Bell on this one. He should have a full work up done to make sure or not if he has Crohns.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


Zanne
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   Posted 7/23/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I agree. I have heard of people having obstructions without having IBD. I also have a friend who has ileus every time she has to have general anesthesia. So bowel problems can strike anyone, but with your history and with your fathers history, he should have a full work up, just to be sure. Plus, isn't he at the age when he should be having a routine colonoscopy anyway?
Suzanne

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


FitzyK23
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   Posted 7/23/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Well that is why he is convinced he doesn't have crohns. He has had scopes before. He has Barrett's esophogus so he gets an endoscope every 6 months and a c-scope as recommended. There will be no convincing him to get a second opinion or to run other tests besides a c-scope. But we all now that crohns can be missed in that. He is 72 though so if he has made it this far without a diagnosis, and he is now retired, I think he is just content to live and let live.
26 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


Jen77
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   Posted 7/23/2008 12:06 PM (GMT -7)   
We know someone that had to have surgery for an obstruction, no IBD involved. Not sure why he had that though.

My Aunt is like your Dad Fitzy. She has all the symptoms, and then some. But no diagnosis. She's had some tests, but no scope that I'm aware of. She's in her 60's and she just deals with it. But in the back of my mind she's the closest thing I've got to a relative that has what I do.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Prednisone: tapering down from 10 mg again, Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL (for high blood pressure).

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