need suggestions for blockage relief, please

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/28/2007 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm seeking help for my friend who is suffering from a blockage. I know very little about her disease; I'm trying to learn about it on the Internet, from forums such as this. I can tell you she's had multiple surgeries and only has 5' of intestine left. My question is... the only thing she knows to do for this blockage relief is to bounce on her bed in an apparent attempt to unkink??? Can anyone please give me any other suggestions she can try? TIA

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   Posted 9/28/2007 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Well that sounds like a very unconventional way to "unkink". If she has scar tissue causing the blockage there really isn't much but more surgery to fix that. If its from inflammation, medication is going to be required to reduce the inflammation. If the pain is too much, she really needs to go to the ER. Blockages can be very serious and cause perforations and sepsis. I know some folks will try a liquid diet for a few days to give the bowels a rest. She really needs to find out what is causing the blockage though. Has she called her GI?

By the way, you are a good friend to be there for her and try to find ways to help. We Crohnnies need all the support we can get. Thanks for being such a good friend.
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 9/28/2007 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Nanners, she needs to seek medical advice!!!

Too many years with CD
Two bowel resections, several obstructions.

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   Posted 9/28/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree w/Nanners & dunny.I've experienced total obstruction w/rupture,& lets just say that things were really bad for me.Your friend should call her GI or PCP right away.

I hope that everything goes good for your friend.Take care.
Official Crohns DX-march 2004.Pentasa 4000mg,B12,Probiotics
         1 resection
Cardiomyopathy DX-may 2004.Coreg,Altace,Digitek,Lasix,Potassium,very low-sodium diet

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   Posted 9/29/2007 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
In August I had an obstruction that nearly ruptured according to the doctor. Most of my blockage is from scar tissue, but enough of it was from active disease that steroids brought the swelling down enough for me to avoid surgery for the moment.

I am not talking with a surgeon about electively having a resection to avoid a trip back to the hospital for another blockage in 6 months.
Current meds: 100mg Imuran, Prilosec, Humira, fish oil, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, and b-12 shots.

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   Posted 10/1/2007 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all for your responses. It is scary and frustrating not knowing how to help her. I've forwarded all your replies. Apparently the blockage passed quickly, but it has taken a week for her to get back up and running. Again... THANK YOU.

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   Posted 10/1/2007 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Please tell your friend to try the maker's diet. It has helped many ppl get the crohn's under better control.
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