uhhh... small bowel obstruction

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   Posted 6/12/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey everyone. I'm in the hospital for the third day. On wednesday i woke up at 5 am to excrutiating pain in my abdomen. went to er at 10m am. make a long story short, after 5 hours in the er, a ct scan, and vomiting found out i am being admitted because i have a small bowel obstruction. fun! My surgeon told me i would NOT be needing surgery. thank god considering the fact i just had a small bowel ressection in august and then i was recconnected in october. so i just ate a little while ago after 2 days of clears and so far so good. i 've had no vommiting or pain. just hope it stays that way. anyone here had this before and can give me a little advice on what to expect. also they want me on a low reisidue diet can anyone explain to me what they eat for that. thanks.

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   Posted 6/13/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow! Sorry to hear that especially after just having surgery in August. I know what the obstructions are like and they absolutly suck the life out of you.
As far as low residue, it is basically easy to chew easy to swallow. No fiber, beef,pork, etc. You can have mashed taters, turkey, soups and the list goes on.
I had a list from the hospital dietician but i can't seem to find it. If I do I'll post it.
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   Posted 6/13/2009 6:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Do they know why you obstructed? Is it from adhesion or from active disease? If its active disease then getting on some good medication to reduce the inflammation and then maintenance meds should help prevent obstructions in the future. If it is from adhesion then you really just need to watch what you eat and unfortunately there isn't much else (although I strongly recommend maintenance meds at all times to prevent further damage). There is a lot of information on the web about diet. There is actually a difference between low residue and low fiber. Some things like milk are not low residue, who would have thought. Talk to the hospital dietitian. Personally I keep to a pretty bland diet with no fiber, no veggies, no fruit. I eat pasta, rice, fish, chicken, eggs, basically soft easily digestible food. Good luck I hope you are feeling better soon.

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   Posted 6/13/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
When in doubt ask the hospital's dietician/nutritionist for some printed low residue diet suggestions and recipes. GOOD LUCK!

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   Posted 6/13/2009 6:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Bella,
Sorry to hear you are in the hospital.  After my last (2nd) resection I kept having partial bowel obstructions.  Did CT scans etc and they couldnt find it, but knew I was still having these obstructions occur.  We believe they were caused by adhesions or my bowel twisting.  I then went onto a low residue diet.  Easy to chew and easy to digest.  One thing I 100% cut out was red meat.  Everytime I ate red meat I would get an obstruction, since I stopped eating it my obstructions have stopped.  I eat only fish, chicken or turkey now.  I eat veggies, but they must be cooked until very soft, and I can also eat some fruits, but with both I do not eat any peels or seeds.  I agree with the others, while in the hospital talk to a dietician, they will help alot.  Good luck!
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   Posted 6/13/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I had an obstruction in 2005 and was on a low residue/fiber diet for four months. I was able to eat meat - chicken, beef, steak, etc. and fully cooked vegetables that weren't crunchy. NO SALADS! And I was advised to stay away from all pastas, too. I ate plain baked potatoes, fish, eggs, etc. I had the hospital dietitian come visit me and give me a list of things I could eat before I was released from the hospital. It's really not that bad to follow in the short term. Best of luck to you!
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