Think I have a partial obstruction - any advice?

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Valerie3
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   Posted 7/30/2009 6:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I finally figured out what is going on and why I haven't been feeling so good the past couple of weeks. My pain seems like it's getting a little bit better, but I was just wondering if to you guys, it sounds like I might have a partial obstruction, seems like it would be in my small intestine.

-Hard lump that felt almost bruised when I pressed on it, right beside my right hip bone
-I can't describe the type of pain, but I'm getting waves of pain that last about 5 mins every half hour coming from behind my belly button, or pretty close to it.
-Lots of nausea, vomiting daily (helps with the pain), usually at night, pain is usually at it's worst in the morning and night though.

Only thing that baffles me is that the pain isn't coming from where the lump is.. does that sound right? lol.

Anyway, I was just curious if from your experience, this sounds like a partial obstruction. I'm still having some BMs so it can't be a complete obstruction, and I can still pass some gas.

If so, what should I do? Is there any way I can help it improve on my own? Will it go away on its own or do I absolutely need to go to the doctor?

Nanners
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   Posted 7/30/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Well its definetly possible that you are having a partial obstruction. I would suggest that you get in with your GI soon to have tests ran to look for any narrowing. With my obstructions, whether partial or not, I have pain that comes in waves much like labor pain around the belly button area, cannot move air in either direction, nausea and then eventually vomiting.

I am thinking you at least might have some narrowing going on because of the "lots" of nausea and it being worse in the morning.

You should probably get your GI to do a small bowel follow thru and see if you have something going on in there.

Also, its very normal to have what you call referred pain. This is when the cause of the pain is in one area, but you feel it in another.

Keep us posted on what the doctor says.

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Iram
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   Posted 7/30/2009 7:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Go to ER immediately, I waited for six months before my doctors figured out what is going on. Go to ER, they will run all the battery of tests and you can have diagnosis sooner than later. just my two cents

Escalador
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   Posted 7/30/2009 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
i'm also curious about what can be done to improve the obstruction status

Nanners
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   Posted 7/30/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
If an area of narrowing is caused by inflammation then medications can help. But if it is caused by scar tissue no meds will work. Its best to get some tests done to see if they can tell what type you have.
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and 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, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

Valerie3
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   Posted 7/30/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I definitely don't think I could have very much scar tissue, I've only been sick for a year and a half - I never had any problems before that, even anything small. I'm hoping the worst of it is over, I haven't had any waves of pain and the lump seems to be gone since I woke up this morning. I still feel a bit of tenderness and almost a tight feeling in that area, so I'm guessing that could be pain from the narrowed area, but I think the obstruction must have passed last night. If I get any more waves of pain, I'll call my doctor right away to schedule some tests... Surprisingly, I've never had a SBFT, so no one knows what kind of shape my small intestines are in...Kind of worrisome, because I had similar symptoms before and mentioned that I thought I may have an obstruction and it was sort of brushed off.

Hopefully I don't end up getting worse again, my 21st birthday is on Tuesday and I don't want to be stuck in a hospital! lol.

Thanks guys :)
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