Any difference between gas pain and pain from bowel obstruction

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EruditePaul
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   Posted 9/9/2009 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had this moderate abdominal pain for 2+ days.  I also had lots of gas these past 2 days.  The pain seems to be relieved from passing gases.  I have some strictures in my small bowel.  But I also heard some GI mentioned about gas pain. 
 
I am wondering if my pain is due to gas pain or (partial) bowel obstruction? Is there any difference? I have noraml BM. 
 
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Nanners
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   Posted 9/9/2009 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
For me obstruction pain comes in waves much like labor pains.  Also, I cannot move air out of either end at all.  Gas pains are more constant and not as spasmy for me.  Hope that helps a little.

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bachi
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   Posted 9/9/2009 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Bowel obstruction pain feels like contractions in my opinion. They come in waves and don't get better if you pass gas.
 
If your pain is better after passing gas, then it might just be gas. If not, it could be obstruction pain.
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   Posted 9/9/2009 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
As the others said, they come in waves, so to speak. My obstructions have always had nausea and the inability to keep food or water down.
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EruditePaul
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   Posted 9/9/2009 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I am not sure what you mean by "waves", since my abdominal pain comes and goes away frequently, mostly during the day, but sometimes I have pain at night.  Sometimes if I pass gases, then it gets much better.  But other times, I can hear the rumbling sound in my belly.   
 
Thank you all for sharing your experience and knowledge. 

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Nanners
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   Posted 9/9/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Think of a woman in labor and how the labor pains come, reach a peak, and then slowly ease. These pains come every few minutes. Obstruction pain is horrible and you would have to go to the ER because the pain is so bad. Good luck!
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bella_sky
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   Posted 9/9/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
confused  Not to change the subject, but I went to the ER last night for severe pains which I thought could be an obstruction. They did an xray and a CT scan of my abdomen but didnt find anything, is that conclusive or is there something else I should ask for? The pain is still not letting up and I'm very sensitive to meds but the percocet is little help for the sharp pains, its hard to walk, focus, function.



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EruditePaul
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   Posted 9/9/2009 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
bella sky: If CT Scan and X ray are both negative, then your pains could well be due to active inflammation or ulceration. Did they check your CRP or ESR level?

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LMills
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   Posted 9/9/2009 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
The difference for me would be that I cannot tolerate the pain from a bowel obstruction. I generally will end up in the ER for a few hours with morphine.
Suffice to say they are excruciatingly painful, and I think sometimes I might rather go through surgery again than go through another obstruction.

Gas pain is uncomfortable, but that is something I can take so...
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belleenstein
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   Posted 9/9/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are passing gas then you are not suffering from an obstruction
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