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   Posted 8/28/2007 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I wanted to share something in case it helps another. In the last 10 months I've had 8 obsructions in my small intestine, very painful and inconvenient. After sitting in the ER for 3-5 days with no food by mouth & morphine they always pass. But I have always refused the NG tube. Well last time they basically forced me to have it. What an awesome thing. Sounds weird I know, but it helped my pain almost immediately. They took 800ml of stuff out of my guts, and wih that pressure off, what relief. And it helps prevent a rupture, and emergecy surgery. I was glad I did it, and I would recommend it to anyone suffering that deadly obstruction pain.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 8/28/2007 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for sharing. I will consider it if I am ever in that situation.


Karen (Karendee)

Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease  March 2007 On Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & ENTOCORT

Diagnosed w/  Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Cyclobenzaprine (generic of Flexeril)

Also have Arthritis, waiting on a EMG nerve test right now...

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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 6
   Posted 8/28/2007 2:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I took the NG route thrice so far. It was painful when it went in but it worked miracles. I agree with this statement

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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 2527
   Posted 8/28/2007 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I had one and glad they placed it while I was under anesthesia, was uncomfy coming out cant imagine it going in with my bad gag reflex, but it helped after one of my surgeries
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

Mormor Vicky
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 684
   Posted 8/28/2007 6:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Not to sound like a proud mom or anything but when my daughter was first dx'd she had growth failure.  They tried to put her on Pred but the doctor had a very hard time weaning her.  She kept flaring.  She desperately needed the extra calories because she just couldn't absorb anything.  He decided to do nightly feeding and she was willing to try anything because she was so tired of being only 4ft 8in and in high school.  So I first went to the hospital and was told what to expect and was given a video and the tubing to bring home for her to see and feel.  She was suppose to go to the hospital the next day and talk with the nurses.  She was the first patient to do it at home instead of in the hospital.  Insurance issue I think I heard.  Anyway I went home and put in the tape and we watched it.  I then went into the kitchen for a minute, came out and she had already dropped the tube all by herself.  I was amazed.  The nurses the next day were amazed.  Michelle had no problem dropping the tube and she got nightly feedings for about 4 months and was so happy when she finally hit 5 ft.  That's all she wanted.  Just to be taller.
Now, you have to understand, this is the girl that can't stand to have a shot in her arm to this day.  She has 3 children but had to have an drugged from the waist down.  But, boy she can drop the ng tube like nobodies business. 
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
Currently on 4000mg of Pentasa only for Crohn's
No longer able to take 6-MP because of Bone-Marrow Suppression
Cymbalta, Metformin, Lipitor

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