OOPS! Q for those w/ strictures or past blockages

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   Posted 8/20/2007 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
While busily working at my desk chewing gum, I coughed and swallowed the whole thing. I didn't really think much of it, but eventually got to thinking about the old wive's tales about it not being digestable and staying in your stomach for a long time...
Anyway, it finally hit me that my TI is so scarred that my doctor can't see through it on a scope so there is NO WAY this gum will pass through there too. I looked it up quickly and read that swallowed gum passes through for normal people.
Am I at risk for another blockage now? Anything I can do to help it pass (go on liquids, eat fiber, I have no idea...)? Am I just being paranoid? Lastly, any idea how long until I know I am in the clear?
I'm kicking myself because I have been in remission a couple years and my GI never thought I would be because the strictures are the worst he's seen. I really hope I didn't just blow it.
Thanks all!
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   Posted 8/20/2007 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think gum should be that big of a problem. Remember it can change shapes, so I am sure it could fit thru a thin area.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 8/20/2007 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sure the gum will go down the hatch! Please try not to stress too much about this, since stress can cause you to flare. So like the song goes: Don't worry, be happy!

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   Posted 8/20/2007 4:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I was having conversation in the kitchen a few months ago with my son whilst munching on some Grapes, I was actually chewing them up really well and once they became pulped I'd kind of spit them out into the compost bowl, (very ladylike, I know but this was in my kitchen), anyhow I got distracted and swallowed, I was mortified thinking how I'd be able to get a load of seeds and thick skin past all my gut problems, remembering the past two trips to ER needles pain etc I went to the bathroom shoved my fingers as far fown my throat as I could and solved what would have become a problem for me.

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   Posted 8/20/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I don't know what you should do I don't like swallowing gum either and tonight was eating and swallowed a mouth full without chewing the darn thing just slid down there and I'am going Oh my g.. .So hope we both make it past these a person without cd probably would be shaking there heads at us .lol gail

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   Posted 8/20/2007 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
GK- I actually thought of doing that but I was at work and our bathrooms just aren't private enough. I was too concerned that people who already wonder why I am skinny would start to think they knew why...

GAcrohns-- hope we both come through. I figure after about 8 hours we should have an idea about whether it will pass. I just keep seeing the picture of my scarred ilieum and I cannot see how the gum will fit through. It HAS to though, I don't want to consider the alternative.

You are right, normal people would think we are nuts to worry about this. I laughed at myself first then thought of th CD consequences.
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