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Zanne
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   Posted 3/25/2010 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I get blockages from adhesions that typically resolve themselves in 24 hours or less. This has been going on for years and my doctor and I have discussed how to handle it. He is OK with me staying home as long as I keep fluids down and can handle my pain level.

I had/have one that started on Tuesday, late afternoon. It seemed to resolve itself last night (Wednesday, late). Usually, my tummy bloat and pain goes away immediately and I am fine. However, this morning, I got up and my tummy was still all bloated and I was still in pain. I seem to have re-blocked. I have no bowel sounds again, and no BM since last night. I never vomit, but I did have one spell of nausea this morning, which was strange for me. So my question to those of you who have had blockages or partial blockages is, could I have re-blocked that quickly or do you think this could be a partial blockage? I don't think I have ever had a partial blockage, so it just is a bit outside my norm. Or could it just be a flare that hit in the space of an hour.

And the best part is that I had my regular visit with my GI on Tuesday morning, right before this happened, and of course, all was going GREAT!
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Becky77
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   Posted 3/25/2010 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
It sounds like maybe the blockage isn't going away on it's own....maybe there's some inflammation going on as well. It sounds like it is a partial obstruction to me. If things get too bad, go to the ER, ok?
Becky

32 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D
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Juls1981
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   Posted 3/25/2010 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
It's sounds like more inflammation than blockage to me. I get this from time to time as well - but it's different than how I felt when I had a blockage. There would be a lot of vomiting and severe cramping with the blockage. Whereas with the inflammation it simply feels very uncomfortable in the stomach - like it's tensing, then relaxing, then tensing, then relaxing, etc. But mine usually goes away in a few hours as well, unless I eat something that irritates it further.

But I would suggest to try and relax the stomach (lie down...do some meditation even) and eat things that are easily digested. And if you start to feel more pain then definitely see the doc. Hope you feel better soon!

Julie

Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/25/2010 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds to me like a partial. I'm reading when the pain stopped you'd had a bm which for me is a signal the troubles over. Unfortunately something plugged it agiain it looks like. This disease does like to trow us a curve ball now and then.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


Irishmom4
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   Posted 3/26/2010 4:00 AM (GMT -7)   
HOw bad is the pain? Are you having pain like contractions? When I had an obstruction no amount of meds relieved my pain. My only choice was the ER. When I had adhesion pain I could take a pain pill and get in the bath tub for a good soak to make some of it go away.

Elizabeth
Dx'd with Crohns 1984
Polycystic kidney disease in 1996
Bowel Resection surgery 2006, Now on Asacol, Endocort, Prednisone, Imuran, Folic acid, and Enalapril.
 


debilitated
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   Posted 3/26/2010 4:25 AM (GMT -7)   
hmm. I've had wave of pains my whole life. It's so hard to tell the difference. And i never offically had an obstruction. Atleast i don't think. But I also never found a drug that worked so we don't know if it was inflimation, stricture. yadda yadda.

I guess you can try heat, walking, chewing gum... stuff like that to see what happens. IF IT was a blockage, it couldn't get worse by walking or chewing gum.. It could actually even pass.
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artist guy
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   Posted 3/26/2010 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
zanne I get what is called gas blockage, lasts from 2-4 hr's when i start to pass gas then it goes away, can you pass pass gas?

artist guy


Zanne
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   Posted 3/26/2010 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the replies. I get an adhesion wrapped around my intestine from time to time. I have been to the ER when it takes too long to resolve on its own but because things are always moving around they usually untwist within 24 hours or so. The pain is pretty bad, but I have a very high tolerance and I have a good script. So as long as I can keep fluids down my doctor is OK with me staying home.

But this one was different because usually the pain goes away completely as soon as I have a BM. I have now gone a few times and still have pain and I look 7 months pregnant, so I think it must be a partial blockage or a flare that hit like a ton of bricks. I was in my GI's office in the morning with no pain, and doubled over in pain 4 hours later. That is not like any flare I have had in my 22 years, so I'm guessing partial blockage. My GI's office is closed on Fridays so my only options are to go to the ER, call my GP (who would send me to the ER), or wait it out a bit. As long as I can handle the pain and keep fluids down, I think I'm going to wait it out a bit longer.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Sniper
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   Posted 3/26/2010 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Suzanne,,,Please be very carefull and talk to your doctor again about the possibility of poor , or loss of circulation in those areas. The bowl can die from loss of blood flow and thats a very serious and life threatning situation. We want you around here for a very long time you know..Take care.
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Nanners
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   Posted 3/26/2010 8:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Zanne, I would have to say I agree with Sniper here. Maybe this time its not getting untwisted. I definetly want you to stay around here a longtime too. Please do be careful and take care of yourself. Hugs!
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Zanne
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   Posted 3/26/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
The pain is better (not gone, but better) and things are moving, so the worst may be over (fingers crossed). If it starts up again I'll have to go to the ER or call the doctor cause this was just too weird. But I took it easy today and I don't have any big plans this weekend just to finish reading my book for my book club meeting. I will keep to liquids or very soft foods and see how it goes. I'm still thinking partial blockage because I don't think a flare would hit so hard so fast but if it keeps up I guess I will have my answer. Thanks for all the words of advice.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


Howlyncat
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   Posted 3/26/2010 2:14 PM (GMT -7)   
PLZ look after self and if it happens again do get to er as soon as possible
keep us posted when u are up to it
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