Spooky and onthecan is onTHEmoney on all the tips !
Had many, many partial obstructions in my 40 years of Crohns.
Notice the word partial, the difference is:
In a partial obstruction you have diarreah (what else is new!) and sharp pain (this is the main determinant.
I start with no output on the other end, I go on a liquid diet of broth and ensure (heated), and in a day or two it gets much better.
A key sign is the gurgling sounds, in my jejunum is like a bathtub draining, in the ileum are is drip-drip (this is very bad news, there is probably a stricture there.
I have spasms and dilation that I can literally move with the palm of my hand with gas / liquids moving around, it appears as it gets better but eventually everything lines up at the stricture point.
Was in the hospital for 4 days in April, they gave me Solumedrol (big hammer for inflammation), Flagil and Cipro for intestinal infection. Since then I have been with Prednisone and Humira for 5 months.
So now I am back in the hospital for the last 3 days. This time no pain, but bloating, diarreah but INCESSANT HICCUPS, a new symptom.
The CAT scan revealed an obstruction area in the ileum, was admitted and the first two days had a bowel rest of nothing but ice chips.
I was having diarreah 4-5 a day, mostly green, which lead to the suspicion that his was a partial and not total obstruction.
On day 3 they gave me three times chicken broth to see if I could generate lower abdominal activity, which it did: some solid stool and more important GAS.
They have been taking normal Xrays every day to see if the area diminishes, NO.
Today is day 4, I cannot go on with my life this way, everyone is agreeing once and for all (and me leading the parade that his stricture (or more) needs to go. If I don't do it in a few weeks I will be in exactly the same spot, go through all the preps and end up in surgery anyways.
Treatements, Waiting, Nutrition, Rest, it has been going for 8 months now. NO MORE !
Was fearful of surgery since I have had bowel resections before, its a long, long dark tunnell of recovery...I am now ready and available: knock me out and DO IT !
Post Edited (yohimbe) : 9/13/2010 1:52:21 PM (GMT-6)