What does a bowel obstruction feel like?

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abseeley
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   Posted 9/8/2008 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I cant be to sure but i think that the most common surgery for cronnies is due to bowel obstruction no? Anyone know what one feels like? Im worried it might happen and ill have no idea its that!

MAG102886
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   Posted 9/8/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
For me at least, a gut wrenching pain, so bad, you cant do anything to make it stop.  I had an obstuction for 3 weeks before I went to the ER (was scared cuz I didnt have any medical insurance) I had to take sleeping pills just to be able to sleep because the pain was so bad, and even then I slept sitting up holding a pillow. Then once I started throwing up and couldnt hold anything down because my intestines were completely blocked off, I finally went.  You will know when you have one.  If you have bad pains after eating, or pains just because something is wrong.  Suggestion: If you think you have one...dont wait, go to the ER.

Dianogsed with Crohns at 16, 21 yrs old now.
Surgeries:1 Bowel Resection, Gallbladder Removed. Another Resection Scheduled for September.
Current Meds: Humira (weekly), 65mg Pred, Levbid, Nexium.


pb4
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   Posted 9/8/2008 11:52 PM (GMT -6)   
The symptoms of a bowel obstruction depend on whether the blockage is in the small intestine (small-bowel obstruction) or the large intestine (large-bowel obstruction).



Small-bowel obstruction;
Abdominal pain- Most small-bowel obstructions cause waves of cramping abdominal pain. The pain occurs around the belly button (periumbilical area). If an obstruction goes on for a while, the pain may decrease because the bowel stops contracting. Continuous severe pain in one area can mean that the blockage has cut off the bowel's blood supply. This is called a bowel strangulation and requires emergency treatment.
 
Vomiting- Small-bowel obstructions usually cause vomiting. The vomit is usually green if the obstruction is in the upper small intestine and brown if it is in the lower small intestine.
Elimination problems- Constipation and inability to pass gas are common signs of a bowel obstruction. However, when the bowel is partially blocked, you may have diarrhea and pass some gas. If you have a complete obstruction, you may have a bowel movement if there is stool below the obstruction.
 
Bloating- Blockages may cause bloating in the lower abdomen. You may also hear gurgling sounds coming from your belly. With a complete obstruction, your doctor may hear high-pitched sounds when listening with a stethoscope. The sounds decrease as movement of the bowel slows.
 
Large-bowel obstruction;
Abdominal pain- Blockage of the large intestine usually causes abdominal pain below the belly button. The pain may vary in intensity. Severe, constant pain may mean that your intestine's blood supply has been cut off or that you have a hole in your intestine. This is a medical emergency. Call your doctor immediately.
 
Bloating- Generalized abdominal bloating usually occurs around the belly button and in the pelvic area.
Diarrhea or constipation. Either of these symptoms may occur, depending on how complete the obstruction is. Your stools may be thin.
 
Vomiting- This symptom is not common with a large-bowel (colonic) obstruction. If vomiting occurs, it usually happens late in the illness.
Blockages caused by cancer may cause symptoms such as blood in the stool, weakness, weight loss, and lack of appetite.

:)


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randynoguts
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   Posted 9/9/2008 3:53 AM (GMT -6)   
that about covers it....
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Cleo
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   Posted 9/9/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
natural childbirth ... dialated to 10 and no baby in site.


Cindy 
 
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Roni
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   Posted 9/9/2008 9:55 AM (GMT -6)   
When I have an obstruction, it occurs in my terminal ileum, and it starts as bloating and often a full feeling that continually gets worse. I have pain in my LRQ that also gets worse over minutes and hours. I don't usually have vomiting.

I usually prop my butt up on a pillow and try to use gravity to keep the backflow on the obstruction from causing as much pressure. Sometimes, depending on how severe the obstruction is, I drink camomile tea. After a few hours, the food gets through the narrowed part of my intestine and the obstruction ceases. Sometimes drinking liquids can help force the food through. But it can be tricky to know when you should and shouldn't drink/eat.

I gotta say, it totally sucks having obstructions. I'm currently pregnant and my obstructions have stopped finally (Thank you God!!!!!), and I sure hope they don't come back after I give birth.

Nanners
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   Posted 9/9/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had 2 resections due to obstructions. For me the pain came in waves much like labor pains. It hurts like hades. No air, no stool will pass. You feel very very bloated. I know with my first obstruction they said I had NO bowel sounds which was not good. Then I started throwing up the lovely green bile. Hope that helps.
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.


Not2Spunky
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   Posted 9/9/2008 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
pb4 hit it right on with my symptoms of a small bowel obstruction & vomiting. I usually go straight to the ER if I have the pain he described as I know what it is.
 I Love MY Chihuahua: Roxy
DX with CD of the TI in 2004 by colonoscpy biopsy, with partical obstructions x 3. Anemic, constant elevated ESR & WBC. Constant abd. pain and fatique.    
Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E, Pentasa and now Entocort.    


LMills
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   Posted 9/9/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
What if your stomach gets significantly bigger as the day wears on and you're constantly bloated but can still pass stools eventually and gas? I have the uncomfortable feeling in the lower abdomen due to gas, and it's taking a lot longer between meals to have a bm so...just wondering if I should be worrying..
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


eva124
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   Posted 9/10/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
when i had my blockage in hospital i just kept on puking green bile and i noticed my tummy was really big but not even,basically bulging on one side it just looked weird.
And for my partial blockage were my illeostomy was reversed,it was hrting most of the time b4 it happened and then it started to hurt and it felt very different from any other pain i had before,then it got worse basically a 9 and then it passed wen wat ever was stuck got thru that bit,but man did that hurt lots made me yell at the emergency operator lol
dx 17 aug 2007
20 yrs old
23 dec 2007 resection/temp illeostomy 14 feb 2008 temp illeostomy reversed  100mg azamun


MishBall2
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   Posted 9/10/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow pb, you are a wealth of information. I must have had a small bowel obstruction (which is strange because my CD is in my large intestines. Radiating pain above belly button (near stomach). It went away on it's own after a few hours, but now I know not to wait next time.
33 years old. Diagnosed in 2002ish. 
Taking Asacol, Lomotil TID, and on Remicade since 2004. 
Lower Bowel area only, except for the short stint (about 2 weeks) that I had mouth sores.  Also have external/anal fistula and anal/vaginal fistula. 
 


Nanners
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   Posted 9/10/2008 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
LMills I do not think you have a obstruction.  Especially since you are still passing gas and stools.  Alot of us Crohnnies have alot of bloating all the time.  Do you take any kind of probiotics?  Sometimes we can get a bacterial imbalance and that can cause more bloating and gas.  The probiotics help to re-populate the guts with good bacteria and may help relieve some of your gas and bloating.  Shoot if I drink even a little sprite I look like I am 4-5 months pregnant.

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.


LMills
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   Posted 9/10/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -6)   
I do take probiotics actually, but I only started taking them recently so...
The thing about the gas and stool is that I can feel them, but they won't move. I mean I have the boborygmus but nothing will leave for sometimes an entire day..so my stomach just keeps growing and I get more pain in the lower abdomen. I'm really not sure what's going on.
BUT If you don't think I have one then I'm going with that until I see my GI next Wednesday. Yours is a little more hopeful so I definitely prefer it. It maintains a better state of mind anyway :) Thank you.
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.


pb4
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   Posted 9/10/2008 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
LMills, maybe you have a stricture going on...if things stay this way or get worse you should definitely see your doc.

:)


Thanks MishBall :)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


gachrons
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   Posted 9/10/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I had one obst. where I was passing some stool but mostly when sleeping so some water did get out .What kind of BM's are you having and how often. Naisty growling was bad and and bad bloating as well as pain I could see bulging coming and going .lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


Nanners
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   Posted 9/10/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree LMills you could have a stricture in there, but I personally don't think you are obstructing yet. Sometimes the strictures are from inflammation and those can be treated successfully with medications. (Yucky Pred of course) But if it is from scar tissue, only dialation or surgery will heal those. Maybe more tests should be run on you. I am getting ready to have a new test called CT Enterography. Its supposed to show the small bowel better than the small bowel follow thru. Maybe that might be a test to ask for. Good luck!
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.


LMills
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   Posted 9/10/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
"Naisty growling was bad and and bad bloating as well as pain I could see bulging coming and going .lol gail"

Sounds about right. The stool has no uniform consistency though...there is actually some solid now which I think is an improvement but then it just switches back to D. I really don't know.

I'll definitely ask about the CT Enterography. I had to do a small bowl follow through with the strange barium cocktail but they only found a lot of inflammation so...

Thank you guys so much for the advice by the way...It definitely will help in my appointment next week. It's difficult to find out what I need to ask sometimes, but there is a lot I need to know and your information is a godsend!
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.

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