anyone had intestinal paralysis?

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   Posted 10/16/2008 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
So, I'm recently home from my latest stay inthe hospital, and I'm more confused than ever!  I went to the ER with severe abdominal pain in lower left side. (had 6 inch re-section before there).  I was vomiting, rectal bleeding, etc.  all the signs of a crohn flare.  I was on cimzia and new it had stopped working.  They did a CT in the ER and said major swelling of the sigmoid.  I went to a room and was started on ampicillian, flagyl, solumeddrol, protonix, pentasa, zofran, and dilaudid.  It took me two days to prep for a scope because the doctor thought I couldn't handle normal prep.  After the scope I was told no active crohn's flare, but that I had intestinal paralysis.  They told me this was dangerous, but never really offered up reason for this.  Has anyone out there had this seizing up of the intestines and why?  Of course my doctor is now on vacation and won't be back until the 21st.  I am feeling better, and was sent home on Pentasa, Phenergan, Lortab, and Nystatin (I got thrush in my mouth from all the meds).  I received my next dose of the cimzia today, and am relieved that it wasn't from it not working.  Maybe someone here can help me understand this intestinal paralysis or paralytic ileus.
Appreciate anyone's input!
love to all
diagnosed CD '03 after suffering for 10 yrs.
re-section surgery '05, Chronic Pancreas problems, joint and muscle issues (from Remicade)
meds been on-Asacol, Pentasa, Lialda, Remicade, Humira, 6-MP, Methotrexate, Rowasa, Prednisone, to many pain meds to list
Currently on-Cimzia, Cymbalta, and Klonopin(RLS)

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   Posted 10/16/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kimmy,

I'm pretty sure that some of the people on some of the other forums have dealt with this condition. I'll ask them to contribute, so hopefully you'll have some more advice soon.

Best wishes, and I'm so sorry you're dealing with this.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   


There is really easy to understand information on paralytic ileus here:

There are a variety of reasons a person can get a paralytic ileus and they are listed on the above site. I'm sorry that you had to suffer with this but am glad that things are better now.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Paralysis of the intestine. To be termed "paralytic ileus," the intestinal paralysis need not be complete, but it must be sufficient to prohibit the passage of food through the intestine and lead to intestinal blockage. Paralytic ileus is a common aftermath of some types of surgery. It can also result from certain drugs and from various injuries and illnesses. Paralytic ileus causes constipation and bloating. On listening to the abdomen with a stethoscope, no bowel sounds are heard because the bowel is inactive. Also simply called ileus.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
A few years ago I ended up in the ER with extreme abdominal pain. At some point, a tech person mentioned in passing that my ileum had stopped working. Nothing beyond that was ever said. On that particular day, I had been a gluten and eaten a whole mango, which I always thought was the culprit. However, I went to the link Ides provided and it said gallstones could cause it. Exactly one year after that episode, and doctor said my gallbladder was full of stones and I had it removed. Kind of interesting.

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   Posted 10/16/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had multiple blockages over the years. For the last few years my doctor and I have suspected that they were caused by adhesions wrapping around my intestines. I usually am able to stay at home and they resolve within 12 - 24 hours, but one episode this spring didn't resolve before I was in danger of becoming dehydrated so I ended up in the ER. The upshot was that it turned out to be an unexplained ileus. It didn't resolve for 6 days, but the ER doctor said I was constipated and sent me home. After having over 4 feet of bowel removed I haven't been constipated in a decade.

I really never have found out why it happened and it has only happened once since. I just wanted you to know you aren't alone and that sometimes, there is no rhyme or reason. This had happened to me 10 times in less than 8 months and then just stopped. So, I'm baffled.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 10/16/2008 8:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to everyone for your input. Ides, what a great site, thank you!!! ONce again I'm so thankful to have a place to go to get answers and understanding!!

Love to all,
diagnosed CD '03 after suffering for 10 yrs.
re-section surgery '05, Chronic Pancreas problems, joint and muscle issues (from Remicade)
meds been on-Asacol, Pentasa, Lialda, Remicade, Humira, 6-MP, Methotrexate, Rowasa, Prednisone, to many pain meds to list
Currently on-Cimzia, Cymbalta, and Klonopin(RLS)

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   Posted 10/17/2008 10:16 AM (GMT -6)   
This might not be of much help, but my dad had something similar.  He was sick in the hospital for several days not eating and throwing up.  The finally figured out it was his gallbladder so they took that out.  After getting home he was still throwing up and not able to eat.  They told him his intestines and stomach had "went to sleep".  So, "How do you wake them up?" was our question.  No real answers there and luckily within a couple days they must have woke up on their own becasue he was able to eat normally after that.  It was strange.  I had been in the hospital for over two weeks one time NPO and mine did not do that so I'm not sure why your body would start to almost "shut down' after such a short time. 

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   Posted 5/3/2014 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I suffered for a year and a half with a paralyzed colon. I learned that it was caused from taking Cymbalta 60+ mg. Has anyone else had thus experience. Once slowly weaned off, my colon went back to normal.

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   Posted 5/3/2014 10:02 PM (GMT -6)   
The only time I had this was due to Imodium and not large doses either. Apparently Imodium works too well for me. I haven't used it since 1996. Lotronex did the same thing, but I think it was taken off the market because it had that effect on a lot of people.
54 yr. old. Ileocolitis since early teens. Enteropathic arthritis. Fistulae since '97; occasional episcleritis. Hemicolectomy-left side in 2001. Severe chronic pain and muscle spasms due to spinal cord injury, scoliosis, rotator cuff injuries, and the arthritis.
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