perferation of the bowel?

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   Posted 11/7/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a colonscopy a week and a half ago and ended up in a lot of pain, fever, and vomiting. 3 days in the hospital and no food sucked. Antibiotics and morphin galore as well. The doctor said if he would have know how bad my bowel was he wouldn't have done the colonoscopy. My other doctor said that what possibly could have happened was that some of my bowel fluids could have gotten into my body cavity and caused and infection. Does that sound like a perferatted bowel.
Age:22/6"1'/138lb - Diagnosed: 2001 @ age 15 now 22
First time mom as of March 8th 2008
Past drugs: Pentasa, Flagyl, Budesonide, Prednisone, tons of Antibiotics, Didrocal
Past herbal remedies and vitamins:Probiotics, Omega 3&6, Prenatal vitamins, B12, Calcium, iron, vit C, vit D, vit E, Selenium, mineral drops
Current drugs: Valtrex, Warfarin, Prednisone :(, 6mp :( NOT WORKING
Problems:Fissure and Tags on rectum, blood clots, ChronicUTI's, Osteopenia, Ulcers in my decending Colon
No surgeries....yet. Gone through 5 G.I.'s
Procedures: 3 colonoscopies, 1 upper endoscopy, 2 barium swallows, 1 biopsy of the fissure and tag (chron's affected)

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   Posted 11/7/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Could he mean a fistula? lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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   Posted 11/7/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Bowel contents in the abdominal cavity do come from a perforated bowel. What did the doctor who performed the colonoscpy say was the cause of your pain, fever, and vomiting? I would think he would have noticed perforatting your colon during the scope. I guess if your colon is very diseased and the mucosal lining is thin from ulcerations, a tiny hole caused during the scope might not be noticed.

I hope you are feeling better now.
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   Posted 11/7/2008 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
i had a perforated bowel after a colonoscopy. the biopsy punctured the lining. an hour or so after i was sent home, i couldnt breath, was hunched over, and was in total pain. i could hardly walk or move or talk. i'd never felt like that before or sense. luckily i had a friend to drive me to the hospital cos i was completely incapacitated. if you have a perforation, imho, you'd know very shortly after it happened as air/food, etc would be going into the body cavity = bad news. i had to have emergency exploratory surgery to stitch me back up. x-ray/ct scan can help determine the location and severity of the perforation.

imho, only cos i've had a perforated bowel, i think that the colonoscopy and/or prep irritated the intestines and caused you to flare. perforation or not, i sympathize with your situation cos 3 days in the hosptial w/o food being doped up on antibiotics and pain killers and not knowing exactly why super sucks as it reminds me of my 4 day hospital stay for surgery that became 13 days, complete with pneumonia and an NG tube for 3 days (ha! - i trumped you!).
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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