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   Posted 6/23/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Before I had posted that the Dr, said I had a narrowing from scar tissue and needed surgery.  I asked him if we could wait a bit on that because I wasn't in any major pain.  Well now I can hardly go to the bathroom.  I've always had diarrhea with an occassional formed stool but I haven't seen any form at all for a couple of weeks and now I go with bits of diarrhea feeling like the run is incomplete.   The puzzling thing is I don't have pain like I did with my last obstruction so what is going on?.  I do experience occassional discomfort but no pain except in my lower and mid back of all places.   I wonder if the crohn's is acting up and I'm bit inflamed and maybe my bowel is more swollen or something?

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   Posted 6/23/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Is your belly distended? If it is, then you could be heading for trouble. But either way, I would be backing off of food and keeping an eye on things.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

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

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   Posted 6/23/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Can you get a scan to get a look at what is going on?

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   Posted 6/23/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, I recently had a small bowel follow thru which the doctor says is scar tissue at the junction of small and large bowel. I prefer not to have another CT scan as they use a lot of radiation and I had plenty with my last obstruction. However they may send me for one before they do another surgery.

Like I said I don't have the severe pain like in the last obstruction. It seems I can eat anything, however it just comes out as fluid. I do have some tenderness in my belly area upon pressing and some pain in my back.
It's just different this time.

I am keeping an eye on it and hope I don't have to call the doctor too soon.

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   Posted 6/23/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you bothered at all with nausea? That other than pain, is the most noticable sign of an obstruction for me. Its like my food just gets stuck and sits there for awhile.  Which it is and then it backwashes on me and then I usually will feel like throwing up or do throw up.  Good luck!

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   Posted 6/23/2009 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, and yes, I do get nausea but rarely after I eat. The nausea usually hits me at night when I lay down to go to sleep. I feel yucky but haven't vomited yet. I believe I mentioned the nausea to the doctor and he didn't really say anything. I guess he grouped it with my other symptoms.

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   Posted 6/23/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I didn't have any pain from Sept- February 2009. I had surgery on Feb. 19 and the surgeon was astonished by how narrow my intestine was. She could not believe that I had no pain and was getting food thru there.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 2001
First and hopefully last Ileocecectomy 2/18/2009

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   Posted 6/23/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Wolfie what were you eating in that time?  Were you on a special diet?

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   Posted 6/23/2009 10:35 PM (GMT -7)   
dorri, I just had a section of colon removed that was very narrowed and inflammed. It was not giving me any pain. I was on a low fibre diet for over a year previous to that while deciding what to do. I wasn't that strict with it but white bread, white rice,
main vegetable carrots cooked very soft, no raw veggies, no fruit with peels.
The surgeon found a short section of TI that showed some slight stricturing so am waiting to have a small bowel ultrasound.
57 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.
Lap assisted sigmoidoscopy done May 11/2009

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   Posted 6/23/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Could be a combination of things going on...incomplete feeling of evacutaion usually leans towards inflammation of the rectom (proctitis) same with lower back pain which can be a result of inflammation in the rectom and/or colon (large bowel) remember, CD can affect more than one area at a time. Might be a good time to book a colonoscopy to check things out.

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   Posted 6/24/2009 5:55 AM (GMT -7)   
sounds like a stricture at the end of the small bowel/start of the colon to me. And it's possible you have an partial obstruction. I get the nausea when the food hits the stricture which the father down it is, the longer after eating it takes. If you want to give it a chance for the swelling to go down, I'd be eating more on the liquid side for a few days and note if you improve. The problem with me is that rice/wheat/bread etc is they can all get stuck (right especially around the terminal illeum, so try some pureed soups and kinder gentler things for a bit. If you feel at all nauseous, my guess is you
ve got a partial obstruction down further. If you stop passing gas, you need to call your doc. I hardly have pain with these, and I've gone thru it about 100 times. Hope you feel better. Be gentle with yourself.
strictures, crohn's, adhesions, endo. Pyoderma Gangrenosum.
Trying LDN 4mg nightly ~ because I'm allergic to pentasa and 5ASA's I'm taking Boswellia Serrata. Olive Leaf extract. SCD yogurt. Using silver sulfadiazine on Pyoderma . B-12 shots. Juicing veggies!

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   Posted 6/24/2009 3:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, I still pass gas so something must be getting thru. My last colonosccopy was okay but I guess it's time for another. I do have a rectal prolapse that may be contributing to some of the discomfort. It feels to me like it may be a bit of inflammation on top of the narrowing.

I'm touched that you all took the time to help me out. Thank you, I am going to try eating light for a while and see if that improves.

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