normal to cramp up so much???

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sammies
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   Posted 4/20/2009 6:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My left side is so crampy, I hurt to the touch, and I have been in pain all day that seems to be getting worse and worse. Ostomy is working fine--D this morning and much thicker after 2 immodium. String beans came out all chewed up. Is it ok to cramp up like this with an ileostomy? It feels like my crohn's is acting up. It also feels like I did 3 weeks ago and I'm now over 7 weeks from surgery.

Will I have periods of time when I cramp up from foods? is this a normal occurence or should I fear blockage when this happens? Last time, it led to food poisoning so I'm so worried.
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 4/21/2009 4:44 AM (GMT -6)   

I know 7 weeks post op seems like you should be all recovered and back to yourself, but honestly, you had MAJOR surgery and your body is still working hard to heal.  My personal experience was the most of 12 weeks...

You couldn't have prevented how you felt with food poisoning (and honestly it is easier to deal with when you have an ostomy, lol!!!)...output will ALWAYS depend on what your diet consists of...I don't necessarily call it D, just sometimes things a loose/liquid and sometimes they're not.  I know my doc would like me to bulk it up, but I know a latte causes fast/liquid output and I'll drink more water later...Many veggies/fruit comes out they way you chewed it...that is its reminder to me to chew better:)

As far as the pain, what number would you assign it?  If it is just discomfort and you are not running a fever, maybe you were more active than you thought.  You said your stoma is functioning so it isn't a blockage...maybe take it easy today...are you still taking pain meds?  Maybe a half or just one will take the edge off.

Let us know how things are going!



sammies
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   Posted 4/21/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the encouragement. I am so darn frustrated--and rather scared too. The pain was like a 7 out of 10 before. Now, it feels like contractions or stabs under my breast bone. My left side is better. Low grade fever but that's not unusual for me.

I just got off the percoset on Thursday (5 days ago)-definitely felt withdrawal over the weekend with anxiety, crying, worry but was doing better with xanax. So I'm hesitant to take the percoset--I took a codeine pill and some extra strength tylenol which helped a bit.

Even though the surgeon said my small intestine was crohn's free, the pain feels like crohn's cramping. Will this keep happening for a while as I try different foods? Do I worry if I am vomiting and the ostomy stops working--should I try to ignore the pain?
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.


Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 4/21/2009 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Can you remember eating something...and I know this is the gross part...that you haven't seen pass yet?  7 is a high pain number, but don't freak out since you have output and it's a LOW GRADE fever.  YES, CALL YOUR DOC IF YOU ARE VOMITING but maybe stick with the Tylenol and a heating pad for what is going on now...just remember, when in doubt, give the doc's office a call and you'll at least talk to the resident on-call.  I lived with my heating pad during the first 12 weeks:)
 
If this makes you feel any better, I've been having weird pains this afternoon...for me, it's the Payday candy bar I ate earlier...I bet I didn't chew some of those peanuts as well as I should!  So, yes, you can have some strange pains with the things you eat.
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