Needed surgery like a year ago.

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   Posted 4/4/2010 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
The doctor told me last April that scar tissue was narrowing my bowel and said that I needed surgery.  Since I had no major pain only discomfort I asked him if I could wait.  I've been holding my own until last week.  Like usual I had several days of non stop diarrhea.  On Good Friday I took Questran since I was invited out and ever since then I feel so nauseous, no pain just an uncomfortable bloated feeling and I feel sickly when I try to eat, again no pain, just nausea.  I can feel a little gurgling movement in the gut area so I think the gas is still moving which in Crohn's world is a good sign.
Now I'm wondering if I ate something that didn't agree with me, or did the Questran block me up or is the bowel narrowing worse?
I guess if it doesn't get better I need to make an appointment  which is due within a few weeks anyways, but in the mean time what should I be eating to keep up my energy?

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   Posted 4/5/2010 5:52 AM (GMT -6)   
This sounds so familiar. I was told last January I had a narrowing at my anastamosis site that required surgery -- I had the surgery this Janurary, nothing like putting it off! But during the 2-3 months leading up to surgery I drank alot of Ensure & Boost just to be getting the nutrition I needed. Then the normal soups, mashed potatoes, etc.

Don't put this off. You will be soooo glad you had the surgery. I've been pain free in my LRQ since then -- I sort of forgot what it felt like to not have pain. But I am enjoying it!!

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   Posted 4/5/2010 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
yes it does sound familiar, i had sub-acute obstruction for quite some time. Everyday my abdomen would bloat but nothing was getting into my pouch. By the time i got home i could barely move because my stomach was so bloated. By the time i got surgery they said that part of my small bowel had narrowed to the width of my little finger. Because i left it , the bowel above it had become dilated and now that is a permanent feature and i think contributes to my continuing problems. I suppose the stool in the dilated bowel becomes stagnant and doesn't get pushed through the narrowing until it becomes full. Does that make sense? Anyway, i am to have a scope on 13th, see what they say but i think i may be heading for surgery again in the future.
I would agree that you should get it sorted out soon. Why do we always think that we can cope and put things off? I suppose we just get fed up of always acknowledging that things aren't right and just want to ignore it hoping that it might go away.?

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   Posted 4/5/2010 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies. I have an appt in aprox a couple of weeks so will bring this up with the doctor.
I suffered with partial bowel obstructions for years before I went for the last surgery, the pain was relentless and I ended up rolling in pain after every meal.. You are right, it was the best thing I've done because up till now which is 7 years later I've been pain free for the most part. This time it's different, I don't have acute pain, but I am finding myself feeling stuffed up like something could be blocked, and all I have coming out is diarrhea and shreds of bits of stool.
Because of the nausea I'm afraid to eat very much, so that probably isn't helping to push things along.
Why do we try to put things off, good question?

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