Possible Chronic Stricture

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KM in MD
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   Posted 3/14/2008 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all. I have been on a roller coaster ride for the past few weeks with my Chron's disease and I need some helpful advise. I was diagnosed with Chron's 2 years ago and last year I had experienced my first flare up. 3 months later, again, another flare up. After being hospitalized twice within 3 months, it made sense that Remacaide was the next step. I have had success for the past 10 months up until 3 weeks ago. I started feeling very bloated and uncomfortable along with a feeling of constipation. Day by day the symptoms would worsen a little. It's not the same feeling as a flare up (anyone who has had a flare up, knows what I'm talking about). I went to my doctor and he sent me to get a barium x-ray last week which showed a stricture in my illeum. This past Tuesday was the worst day. I couldn't stop belching and I felt like I had gained 5 pounds overnight. I went to get an urgent remacaide treatment to see if this would help relieve me but it doesn't appear that it helped. Does the remacaide need time to kick in? Is there anyone out there that knows what I'm going through. I'm a bit scared that this could be a possible blockage. I know if it gets bad enough to go to the ER but it hasn't gotten to that point. Also a concern to me is that I have been belching like I've never belched before. This has been going on for a few weeks as well. It's very strange to me. Are pain meds okay to take during all of this or could that make my condition worse?
Thank you and I would appreciate any advise.
Take care
KM in MD
Diagnosed in 2006

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   Posted 3/14/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   

KM in MD,
Welcome to HealingWell and the Drohn's forum.  I am sorry to have to meet you here but you have come to the right place to meet and talk with other members that have years of experience with Crohn's.

I do not have an answer on your drug question but hopefully a member will be alond soon who can help you.

Again a warm welcome and stay with us.


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   Posted 3/14/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Your symptoms are suggestive of narrowing, but not necessarily a blockage. If it is inflammatory in nature, the Remicade should help. If, however, the narrowing is the result of fibrosed scar tissue (the result of repeatedly healed ulcers and inflammation) then the Remicade will not do much. Let's hope it is a combination and that you will get some relief soon. In the meantime, you might find it helpful to moderate what you are eating. That might help ease your symptoms. The problem is you are going to have to play detective to figure out what works for you. When I get like this, I ease up on the amount of fibre (especially roughage like raw fruits and veggies and whole wheats and grains). To counteract the gas I eat a little bit of plain yoghurt (active cultures) in the morning and when possible, before meals. When I can tolerate it, I eat oatmeal in the morning. Sometimes I can't tolerate the oatmeal, especially if I am in a flare. But when I can tolerate it bulks up my stool and eases diarrhea. It might also work to relieve constipation.

I will also avoid grissly meats, like steak when things start backing up.

This might not be the prescription that works for you. You might find you need to increase your fibre n order to create bulk and soften the bm. The key is to try different things and be responsive to what your body is telling you.

Right now I am relying on liquid meal replacements to see me through a rough patch. That might be where you need to start just to see if you can ease your symptoms with a low residue diet.

Narcotics defnitely have a constipating effect, so if going to the bathroom is a problem, they may make it worse.

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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