Do you Press your own Abdomen?

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   Posted 6/16/2009 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey all, just going thru a bit of a flare again, and I was wondering if you all are in somewhat of a habit of laying down and pressing your abdomen in various spots to see if anything feels sore or know...sorta like the doctors do? Anyways, I was doing this recently and I feel that my usual tender spots are more tender than normal. But, I do have a history of having abdominal adhesions. So i was wondering if one can experience abdominal pain by applying some pressure with adhesions as well as inflammation...Any thoughts? Thanks again.

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   Posted 6/16/2009 4:38 AM (GMT -6)   
when I was first getting sick I was always feeling my colon to check if he was inflamed or full or something.
Now I don't do this. I think it is one sign of my anxiety so I don't do it anymore .
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   Posted 6/16/2009 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I used to feel around but since surgery things have improved and less stress now. lol gail
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   Posted 6/16/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
yes, absolutely I do that all time. There is spot on my right side of the belly, which I can exactly hit to point out pain, bloating, discomfort, and blockage. Sometimes at that spot, I can actually feel food moving through or gurgling noises coming through. Even when my pant belt runs through that area, I feel pain and discomfort.

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   Posted 6/16/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I do it, but it is usually when I am feeling bad and it hurts in a certain area.

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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
yup, its hurting today, all right... (:

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   Posted 6/16/2009 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Im a serial "presser" or you could call me a "pusher" lol

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   Posted 6/16/2009 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
yes. I do it all the time. I've had CD for so long that I don't know the difference between a "Taco Bell" attack versus CD. The one thing I have learned that, for me, the feeling of air or matter moving through my gut (sometimes manipulative) is a sign of a possible flare. I don't view this checking as paranoia or overkill -- for me it is just a fact of life and measure of where I am. Kind of like monitoring your blood pressure. good luck.

ps -- it is kind of cool to feel the stuff move through your system and be able to "massage" it through.
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   Posted 6/16/2009 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't check it for pain but when i am not feeling too good, it "gets things moving" it is a good technique lol
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   Posted 6/16/2009 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
10 days ago i was pressing on my abdomin and I heard a snap! I was taken aback. Then I decided well, that was either really good or really bad.

I ended up feeling a lot better for about a week --Last friday I was carrying a couple of boxes and it hurt again. Then later I went to lock a car door (twisting form a seated position) and I heard, snap!

Ends up I pushed in a hernia that was pressing on my TI (a problem spot for me, and it's hard and stone-like inside) - it popped out again, and now I'm scheduling for surgery.

Long story short, if I hadn't been pressing I'd be in a very dangerous spot right now (because the hernia is compartmentalized) -- with no surgery scheduled. The experience gave me something to relate to my doc when I saw him yesterday and is leading to me getting it fixed instead of having a strangled bowel.

Anyway, I'm relating this because it's good to talk about it, and also because it's a illustration of why we should never be shy to examine ourselves.
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   Posted 6/16/2009 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I have UC (or possibly indeterminate colitis i.e. possibly crohn's colitis) and I regularly press when I am flaring- I don't know why, but I guess it is to sort of gage what is going on too.  In my case, if a flare is developijng I can normally confirm this by feeling the abdomen "crunch"- literally crunch- when I press in.  I am not sure what the crunching is but I assume it is pockets of little air bubbles that form amidst the inflamed tissue, or perhaps it is the abdominal wall's reaction to changes in vascularity that accompany a flare.

Pancolitis >20 years, allergic to all 5ASAs
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Tried everything under the sun (natural and alternative)
Some partial success with TSO but was too expensive to keep up 
Remicade Humira, lots of probiotics, entocort, tapering increasing pred again,
maybe surgery this year soon

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