dumb question about blockage

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josef Dieckman
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   Posted 10/12/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
#1: Is it possible to have a partial (small) blockage?
#2: Is it possible that a blockage would hurt more at certain times than others?? Like after sleeping all night?
#3: Is it possible that a blockage may not hurt at all at certain times?
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   Posted 10/12/2008 5:42 PM (GMT -7)   
It is possible to have a partial blockage that only flares at certain times.  I would describe the pain as contractions or waves of spasms.  My worst blockages feel like being in full blown labor. My pain is usually in the center of my stomach near my belly button.  Other times I get some discomfort and then it goes away. I have never had one in the morning, usually mine occure in the late afternoon or early evening.
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   Posted 10/12/2008 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Elizabeth My blockages bothered me most at night I guess because I was eating some during the day. Yes they can be quite painful .
General a partial blockage is not completely blocked but painful none the less. Do you have a blockage? lol gail
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   Posted 10/12/2008 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
when I have partial blockages... the pain wakes me up during the night... I'll spend the night doubled over , in the bathroom... where I break out in a cold sweat ...but don't have a bm or very small black , or teeny tiny pencil thin ones. Then I know I have to go on a liquid diet.... I usually do that for about a week sometimes two... and eventually ... all is well again.
They are quite painful.
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   Posted 10/12/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Yes, Yes. Sometimes when they moved or are moved over by food I would think make them hurt worse.
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   Posted 10/12/2008 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
um................you know how you can put your thumb over the end of your garden hose? Well........make it dark brown water and that's what Im doing in the morning now, plus the pain. my ten second opinion was the the liquid was having to move around the blockage..........

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   Posted 10/13/2008 4:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hummm... Gen -
My D is always that way... Always! I haven't had but two solid bowels in over two years. I literally run to the restroom to prevent accidents... and sometimes I don't make it. eyes

One of the two GIs I saw said he thought I may have a blockage. So I asked, well doesn't that mean that I would not poop? His reaction was to the tune of 2,200 out of pocket tests.... so it will have to wait.

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   Posted 10/13/2008 5:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Not sure I would think liquid as poop .Hopefully your intestine are not enlarged.If you are worried that perhaps you have a blockage maybe a X-ray would help to see if you have one. lol gail
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   Posted 10/13/2008 5:21 AM (GMT -7)   

It seems like the disease even blockages are different for different people...my blockages come and go....

the term partial or full is also confusing to me...from I can tell and have been told....I have been fully blocked, but then it resolved and everything cleared up......and for a couple of weeks I am good to go.   I can usually tell if i am about to block up by the decrease in bathroom trips...obviously things are backing up...so I go on soft and liquid intake and with in a day or two it clears up.


when it doesn't (like it didn't saturday night) I am in intense pain.  I have been to my doc and we have decide that I should have the "glow in the dark" test of the small bowel...then if there is a sign of strictures and partial (but serious blockage) we go in surgically.  if it seems fairly clear and the test indicates my ability to pass the pill cam i will do that....the we will decide on surgery or another treatment.  One of the things I am going to do is go through a partial detox (no colonic's).  there is apopular program in use now that follows a holistic approach for 21 days and should help clean my system out of many toxins.  Then I will try to live a more nutritionally healthy life...this is with or without the surgery.  I have spoken with the founder of the center and she has worked with many crohns patiets...young and old....she seemed very aware of the issues and was not one of these "my way or the highway" or even a "crystal" type.  she is very practical and cautious.

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   Posted 10/13/2008 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never had one that was foramlly dx'd, but I am sure I have had them. The waves of pain deal strikes home. When I flare badly the pain comes hard and doesn't stop. It burns like fire, then I have the horrible waves coem on top of that. I can do nothing but lie in bed on my side with my heating pad. Moving is torturous. Thinking on this, I am glad I'm having surgery.
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   Posted 10/14/2008 2:08 AM (GMT -7)   
and yes.
partial blockage is just what it sounds like, a blockage that is not total. so like any swelling, stricture, scar tissue etc.. that blocks unrestricted passage of food or waste.

it may hurt at certain times depending on when/what was eaten. how swollen it is either to allow food to pass slowly or quickly.

sure it could not hurt when you may eat something that is easily passed. or the swelling is down for a number of reasons.


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