Liquids to help things along..

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peggy113
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   Posted 8/29/2007 2:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I find myself just dreading those days when my little friend decides to take a vacation, like a partial blockage, and I resort to liquids for the day(s) until things start moving along properly again.  
 
What are your experiences with obstructions and what do you do to avoid a hospital visit when you suspect a problem?  Ileostomy, Colostomy?  I have been told that as long as I have some output, to just stop taking in solids, push the liquids as much as possible, and do what is necessary to ease the pain - like warm compresses, or hot showers, or lastly pain drugs since they can add to slowing things down. Thankfully, this only happens a couple of times a year for me but I never know when it will hit.  Maybe more like a kink in the bowel and it usually occurs at night and wakes me up from a sound sleep.  It can be very, very painful sometimes.  But not real frequent as I said.
 
Does your belly hurt for days afterwards like someone just punched you in the gut? 
 
Thanks for all of your insight...looking forward to hearing if I am the only one with these symptoms... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


flchurchlady
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   Posted 8/29/2007 6:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Peggy,
I'm sorry that you've had trouble with that happening. It's never happened to me, so I can't give any advice on it, but there is a post farther down called "Food Blockage Question" that has some good information.

I am glad to see that you've been disease-free for 23 years! Now, that's something to celebrate!
Take care,
Cecilia
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


peggy113
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   Posted 8/29/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Cecilia! I celebrate with a big to-do out to dinner every July-my anniversary month. I truly realize just how lucky I have been, and a few bad weeks throughout the year is a drop in the bucket. I guess I get frustrated because I don't have control over it. I know I have a lot of internal adhesions...that was discovered when I had a hysterectomy 2 years after my 1984 surgery. Post op reports confirmed what I had been told too. I'm pretty sure they might be the cause of some of my partial blockages and then they let loose; or a kink of some sort. Like I said, only a couple of times a year now. But I'm soooo sore for a couple of days afterwards that I just don't wanna move.

Thanks for your reply. I'll check out the other post right away. So glad you are pain-free and med-free.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


taurus
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   Posted 8/29/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
How can you tell if you have a blockage or partial blockage?  Is it when you go a long time without any output? Is it when the output is watery? I have an ileostomy so my output is usually very watery. I am especially curious about partial blockages.

peggy113
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   Posted 8/29/2007 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Taurus,
 
How long have you had your ileostomy?  Are you taking any imodium or lomotil to slow things down?
 
Everyone is different.  For me, a partial blockage means that I still have some, but very little, output and mostly real watery.  No fever, NO nausea, distended abdomen, and some serious cramp-like pain sometimes radiating down the inside of my thighs (probably nerves involved).  Usually just horrible crampy pain in the lower abd. and under the stoma.  If I can tolerate it, I take a hot shower, use my "bed buddy" that you heat in the microwave, and drink as much as I can (so long as I still have some output).  If output ceases - go to the ER.   If in question, go to the ER.  That is what my GI dr has told me.... so far, no ER.  But I do always have some pain meds handy just in case I need them.  But, beware, pain meds can slow the process down a bit as well.  Exercise is also recommended - if you can tolerate it.  I tend to lay down in bed and just roll from one side to the other, walk as I can.   There was an earlier post where someone recommended Welch's grape juice or apple juice - makes sense to me.  I'll remember that one. 
 
Hope that helps... I'm sure others have their own stories.  Like I said, everyone is different.  Talk to your doctor.  He's the specialist.... we just live with it!!!  :)
 
 
 
 
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 8/29/2007 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
i get paranoid about getting a blockage so anytime i think i haven't had enough output i start chugging water like crazy!

vette guy
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   Posted 8/29/2007 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never had a blockage. I've heard it can be painful. It sounds to me that if you had one, you'd know it!

Amey
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   Posted 8/30/2007 7:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Prune Juice is a great way to move things along quickly. Drink 1 cup followed by a cup of water and you will definitely see some movement within a couple hours.

summerstorm
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   Posted 8/30/2007 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
prune juice, that's what i wsa trying to think of yesterday when they were sayign that about the juices

peggy113
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   Posted 8/30/2007 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Vette Guy -- Oh Yea - you'll know it for sure.  It is not comfortable at all.  BUT I still think it is a small price to pay....

Amey -- Prune juice, huh?  I will have to try it.  I know that normally I have to stay away from apple cider cuz it doesn't like me.  But that is not something I can keep on hand in the pantry.  But prune juice sure is. 

Summerstorm -- Drinking extra water is never a bad thing if you have an ostomy.  Chances are you are probably borderline dehydrated anyway!  Well, I should speak for myself... sorry.  I've had so much bowel removed that it really is hard for me to stay hydrated well. 

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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