temporary obstructions

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   Posted 8/21/2010 2:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I want to share my coping strategy for small bowel obstructions. So if you get sudden gripe pain. Then you throw up and can't take pain killers or anti sickness tablets. Well there is an answer other than going to the hospital. Get pain killer suppositories and the bowel begins to relax everything start to move in the right direction. Obviously if it makes no difference. Go the hospital.

Does anyone else have any other strategies?

Becky77
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   Posted 8/21/2010 10:52 PM (GMT -7)   
My "temporary" obstructions last about a week, and require me to be NPO (without food) for a few days, so I can't really get through them without being in the hospital. Oral pain meds just don't cut it.

I have figured out a pattern though...of course this is MY pattern, so I don't know what others are like. I go from C to D and back and forth normally, so it's hard to catch the pattern. Looking back, it's easy to see. When I'm getting obstructed, I don't have a BM for a couple days, then REALLY feel like I need to go, but can't. I finally go, then the flood gates have opened and I go all day. Within hours of that, I'm in the ER in such bad pain I can't stand it. Looking back I can always see the pattern, but when it's going on, it's hard to recognize it. If I take a laxative right when I feel like I need to go but can't, I can avoid the ER. It's all in timing though.

If only I could always recognize the pattern as it was happening and just switch to clear liquids right when things head south...my life would be easier.

Are your obstructions caused by stricture or scar tissue? Mine are entirely scar tissue, and don't respond to steroids or any other med. My abdomen is filled with it, and it pushes against the bowel and causes the obstruction. It's getting worse and worse, and eventually will require surgery, but not until it's absolutely necessary.
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
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!

medicate
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   Posted 8/21/2010 11:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure what causes my obstructions. I was in pain all the time for 4 years, but since I have been on Humira the flare UPS are acute. I ended up in hospital several times. They have me intravenous painkillers and antisickness. The reverse peristalsis eventually stop, I pass wind and they send me home and I am sore for a couple more days. So after speaking to a doctor friend about non-oral pain killer I asked my doctor to prescribe the Suppositories. They are not oral you put them into the back passage and try not to push them out. I still get the obstructions but I can stop myself getting to the stage of pain where I need morphine.
Crohns diagnosed 7 years. On Humira, pentasa and medium. Maintain healthy blood count for 15 months without iron yey!

Becky77
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   Posted 8/21/2010 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I also have been put on a low residue diet, which hopefully will keep me from having obstructions as often, though my surgeon was shocked I avoided surgery this past time. I had a small bowel series, and during the first 12 hours, the baruim barely moved, so I was put on the next day's surgery schedule, then overnight went through to my colon, so we put off surgery.

If yours are caused by active disease, taking steroids when they happen should help, if you're willing to try that. If it's from scar tissue no meds will help.
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
Coumadin stopped 3/15/10!!!!

medicate
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   Posted 8/22/2010 12:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been on steroids loads of time. Somtimes it worked and other times it hasn't. Mostly I'm well now. Steroids are useful. Steroids have a lot of side effects so I avoid them if possible. The flare ups are short and are getting further apart.

I've not had any resection ops. Very scared of the prospect. It's been on the table a few times but my doctor wants to put it off with mess for as long it is possible. Humira has been really good. Completely changed the quality of my life.
Crohns diagnosed 7 years. On Humira, pentasa and nexium. Maintain healthy blood count for 15 months without iron yey! Age: 29
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