Hello, I'm no stranger to HW, but this is my first post on this forum. I have prostate cancer (aggressive) and post there. But I am having major gut problems and I'm seeking help here.
I am 66. about 35 years ago, after years of assorted intestinal problems, I was dx. with Crohn's based on colonoscopies. I had apthous ulcers in the terminal ileum. Although I was quite ill, my GI doc. still suspected I did not have Crohn's as I was not really "sick enough." Eventually, a new GI doc (old one retired) said the Fleets Phospha Prep could cause such problems by itself.
So, we switch to Go Not So Lytely. Anyway, subsequent colonoscopies were clear and eventually my symptoms went away, except that every so often I get pretty bad constipation. We have called it IBS. I was also able to stop taking asacol, as of at least 15 years ago (it worked better than pentasa). Anyway, I tend to agree with my GI docs. that I don't have Crohn's.
In February, I ended up in the ER and eventually had my gall bladder out. I had a stone there for 35 years, never any symptoms, until ...KABOOB. Anway, it turned out my gb was gangenous/necrotic. It was nasty. I was in the hospital for 2 extra nights, but recovered uneventfully, with no SE (still could eat anything).
Fast forward to this month. I started getting the usual constipation but now it has gotten far far worse. I have minuscule bms 2 out of 3 days, but they are puny. I am getting tremendous pressure/discomfort across my abdomen. I cannot seem to have a decent bm.
The surgeon ordered an ultrasound and I will get those results Monday (blood tests too). It really feels like I would expect an obstruction to feel like. But there is no spasms or cramping. Just total bloating/discomfort 24/7 and a very very slight nauseous feeling. No vomiting.
From my reading, I might suggest a regular abdominal flat screen x-ray as it seems useful is dx. an obstruction.
This might just be simple constipation, but I don't have a good feeling about it. I suspect an obstruction or possibly adhesions as my surgeon said there was lots of scar tissue from a previous umbilical hernia surgery and the robotic prostate cancer surgery.
While the big fear is cancer, that is not very likely. I had a clear colonoscopy in 2008 and prostate cancer RARELY goes to the GI area (it goes to bones).
So, I seek advice from you all. Does this sound like a partial obstruction. I guess for those who had such obstructions, what does it feel like.
Oh, Miralax used to work decently when I had constipation, but it doesn;t seem to be doing the job now. I don't know whether to try milk of magnesia.
My Gi doc. is overworked and trying to get an appointment is like pulling teeth. She did order a gastric emptying test for next week. I'm not sure I want to bother with that.
Any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated. COULD THIS BE IBS CONSTIPATION? It feels like my upper gut does not work at all!