What are the signs of a blockage?

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ImInIN
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   Posted 5/14/2009 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that many of you have experienced blockages.  Is it intense pain or does it creep up on you?

Wolfie40
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   Posted 5/14/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
My first one started slow like a stomach ache and gradually got worse through the day until I couldn't move and was vomiting.
My second one hit me when I stood up after eating dinner and slowly got worse but quicker than the last time and once again vomiting.
Both times I went to the hospital and the major pain and vomiting was better the next day.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

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Irishmom4
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   Posted 5/15/2009 3:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Mine start with a stomach ache and then progress to painful contractions around my belly button region and then vomitting. When I can't take it any long I go to the hospital for pain meds where they usually keep me for a 5 days.

I also used to have small blockages that were painful, but not as bad that I could take pain meds for at home and didn't require an ER visit.
Dx'd with Crohns 1984 and polycystic kidney diease in 1996
I was in remission for 16 years, Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, folic acid, and Enalapril, Have been flaring on and off since August.
 
I love my life and everyday I pray that my body cooporates and allows me to do what I have planned.


Nanners
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   Posted 5/15/2009 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
My blockages have pain that comes in waves much like labor pains, can't have a bm, no air moves in out in either direction, my stomach is hard and bloated, and then the nausea and vomiting starts. Hope that helps.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

ImInIN
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   Posted 5/15/2009 7:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reponses.

I hate this disease. I've been symptom-free (not in remission, but not suffering) for almost a year and I booked a trip for next week out of country and what do you know, my gut feels like cr@p 4 days before I'm due to leave. UGH.

I am getting those spasms/contractions sporadically. Tummy is tender when I push on it. I don't think I have a blockage though. I feel like I have acid all the way up my throat from my naval.

I am trying 4 probiotics per day instead of my usual 1 per day. Fingers crossed that I'm not sick on the plane - that would be the worst!

LMills
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   Posted 5/15/2009 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
It's probably the most excruciatingly painful thing I have ever experienced. It was temporary so I didn't have to go to the ER, but I didn't have any pain medication either so it was basically bawling my eyes out for the night and every now and then just barely being able to have anything close to a BM (although it usually just ended in worse cramping and pain). I didn't vomit though...I can't remember whether or not I had any nausea but I'm guessing this was the case as well.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Wolfie40
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   Posted 5/16/2009 5:12 AM (GMT -7)   
You are one tuff cookie LMills for not going to the hospital. I know when that pain starts I have a few hours before it gets to a "10" and the violent vomiting starts. I tell the wife lets get going to the hospital. I don't know if I could handle an attack at home without the drugs.
I do know that it is the worst pain that I ever experienced...


Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

Medications: Asacol, Folic Acid, Multivitamin, Dbl. Calcium, Probiotics, Protonix, Monthly B-12 injections.

Living a Great life with my Wife and my two Chocolate Labs
Hunter & Hailey.
I love them dearly.


Nanners
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Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 5/16/2009 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
IminIn have you asked your doctor about something like Prilosec? That might help alot. Many Crohnies have GERD as part of their problems with Crohns. I take 60 mg of Prilosec everyday and it really helps. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

LMills
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   Posted 5/16/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Tough cookie? More like a moron....I didn't know it was a blockage at the time so I just figured I would stay home for...goodness knows why.
I almost did that with my ectopic pregnancy in which case, I would have died for being so silly...
You guys are really smart for actually going to the hospital.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 10 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and Align probiotics given to me by my GI.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Diet almost completely without refined sugars, wheat, flour, gluten, high lactose dairy, and/or junk food in general.
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


heatmiser
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   Posted 5/19/2009 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw this after I posted today. I'm wondering about partial obstructions myself. So I've got the stomach ache, but am having frequent bm's. Can a mild obstruction be handled at home? How common are they in the colon?

njmom
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   Posted 5/19/2009 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Cramps like labor pains, nausea, vomiting, but still was able to make BMs.

Daughter (21) Dx'd Crohn's 3/06. Misdiagnosed for two years, including by top pediatric Crohn's specialist as stress. No symptoms for the past few years. Recent colonoscopy shows stricture gone but still two spots of inflammation in TI. On Entocort since April 06. Never had D. SCD multivitamin, homemade yogurt, 2000IU vitamin D3, 900+ mg calcium, 25 mg iron, occasional B12 shots, fish oil capsules. SCD diet modified to include potatoes and rice. 

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