Symptoms of bowel obstruction?

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gutastrophe
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   Posted 1/12/2008 1:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I've read the symptoms online and the causes but does anyone know:
 
  • Can an obstruction occur as a result of intermittent C from IBS?
  • Can you have an obstruction without the vomiting?
  • Can some stool still pass with an obstruction?
  • How can this issue be resolved without medical intervention?
 
Thanks!

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 1/12/2008 3:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't you think it would depend on what is causing the obstruction. If it is a true physical problem like a tumor or mass as opposed to impacted stool. My father had to have a colostomy because of mass from the bladder that was inoperable. I would think if it were from stool obstruction that something else besides surgery would be used. I know when I thought I had one once the Doctor wasn't concerned because I had no pain.

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   Posted 1/12/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Partial or complete bowel obstructions can cause a lot of pain, but unless you're totally obstructed you'll still be able to pass stool. Vomiting will result from complete obstruction. Do you think you might be obstructed? Does anything feel differently for you lately? I'm sorry you're in pain!
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gutastrophe
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   Posted 1/13/2008 2:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Sarita said...
Partial or complete bowel obstructions can cause a lot of pain, but unless you're totally obstructed you'll still be able to pass stool. Vomiting will result from complete obstruction. Do you think you might be obstructed? Does anything feel differently for you lately? I'm sorry you're in pain!

Thanks for the reply!  Yes, there have been some changes this week resulting, I THINK (?) from taking Miralax on Monday night.  I was given this a few years back after the dx for colon impaction and had a terrible reaction to it but decided to try it again just to see if it might work differently.
So, intense pain and cramping, more like labor contractions but without the urge to "push", if you get my drift!  Wave after wave of these contractions but only passing fluid and some tiny marble sized deposits with no relief following.  Some nausea but I think mosty associated with the trapped gas that WOULD NOT MOVE!  "Squealing" noises coming from the gut and sounds of "squish" and "woosh" when I apply pressure to the ileocecal valve area.  Turbulence around that area and the sigmoid area.
I took magnesium citrate on Tuesday afternoon but did not feel it did the job.  Since I had to work (although I came home early on Wed.), I wanted to wait until today to do another magnesium clean out. 
Definately improved but still feeling off track. 
So, is it possible to have a partial obstruction of backed-up stool and if so, would more clean-outs take care of it?

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   Posted 1/13/2008 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
The fact that your gut is making noise is a good sign that it's not a full bowel obstruction. It might be one of those things to "grin and bear" until it resolves by itself. If you start vomiting, you'll have to see someone about it, though. I am unaware of if another "clean out" would help...have you been able to eat normally?
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gutastrophe
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   Posted 1/13/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Sarita said...
The fact that your gut is making noise is a good sign that it's not a full bowel obstruction. It might be one of those things to "grin and bear" until it resolves by itself. If you start vomiting, you'll have to see someone about it, though. I am unaware of if another "clean out" would help...have you been able to eat normally?

Broth mostly for a few days but that's mainly because I didn't want to "stir things up" any more than they already were!  The last two days I've stuck with "gentle" foods like mashed butternut squash, sweet potato, lentils, etc. 
Can I just say how much I APPRECIATE your "professional" opinion?  What an absolute joy to have you here to bounce our neurotic fears and questions off of!  I'm generally not an alarmist (as I've experienced almost all the wierd symptoms before) but this time I was truly convinced that "Alien" was living in my bowel and about to burst forth just like in the movie! 
I've done as much as I am willing to do for now with regard to laxatives.  Hopefully, this week I can return to "my normal" and get back in the game!  Thanks again!

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   Posted 1/13/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL, gut, I've been absolutely convinced that something is going to spew out of my belly reminiscent of the dancing ragtime-singing alien in "Spaceballs!"

Those are all good foods to eat. I really hope you start getting some relief soon. Keep us updated.
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gutastrophe
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   Posted 1/13/2008 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm happy to report that in the two hours of respite that I had today I was able to FINALLY take down my Christmas tree!  This is the sum total of my weekend accomplishments (but I'm darned proud!)!

Thanks for your help and support, as always. tongue


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   Posted 1/13/2008 11:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm glad you finally got that thing outta there - although I know people who've waited MONTHS to complete the task and whenever I'd walk in I'd walk out with pinecones between my toes!

I'm glad you are proud and seem happy. I hope the guts are right there with you.
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   Posted 1/15/2008 12:24 AM (GMT -7)   
HAPPY TO REPORT I HAD A GOOD DAY!!!!  THANKS FOR ALL THE SUPPORT!!!!
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