Help: Cramping Discomfort & Burping - Partial Blockage?

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BagGirl
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   Posted 3/3/2008 3:26 AM (GMT -7)   
What does a partial blockage feel like?
 
I've had an ileostomy for 5 months with no trouble and the last few days I've had pretty intense cramping all up my back (upper and lower) and throughout my stomach. This feeling has been on and off and is worse when I'm inactive. I've also been burping quite a bit which is abnormal for me. I'm having normal output and zero pain around the stoma. No nausea or vomiting but cold sweats. Can't figure out what it might be?
 
I was diagnosed with Chrone's but only had disease in the colon. Could this be disease/inflammation traveling up into my small intestine?
 
It's quite painful and I can't sleep - any suggestions?
 
Thanks in advance.
29 yr. old female - former chrone's/colitis patient (8 years).
proud owner of a brand new ileostomy (5 months).
disease free and enjoying it.
 


peggy113
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   Posted 3/3/2008 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
If you are having normal output, I would think it is NOT a partial blockage. At least from my personal experience. I would call your GI first thing this morning.
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


tbraz
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   Posted 3/3/2008 6:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Peggy, I would call your GI, us ostomates are more prone to kidney stones, how is your urine output/color? If you are in pain, you need to let your doc know.
Theresa

Originally diagnosed with CD in 1991
Only one serious flare up in 1998 and again in July 2007
Total colectomy August 2007 now saying "Undetermined Colitis"
2nd step J-pouch formation -January 2008
Takedown hopefully by April 2008


BagGirl
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   Posted 3/3/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -7)   
No problems with urine color/output but the pain is getting worse. I will give my Dr. a call - thanks for your feedback.
29 yr. old female - former chrone's/colitis patient (8 years).
proud owner of a brand new ileostomy (5 months).
disease free and enjoying it.
 


Ash83
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   Posted 3/3/2008 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe adhesions? Although I'm not sure about the back pain relating to adhesions.

I hope the pain goes away and your doctor has an answer for you!

praying4healing
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   Posted 3/3/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
y r we more prone to kidney stones?
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Tried asacol,pentasa,prednisone,remicade,6mp,azasan, no avail
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BagGirl
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   Posted 3/3/2008 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
XRay showed no blockage..the Dr. thinks it's just muscle spasms....SHURUG.
I have doubts!
29 yr. old female - former chrone's/colitis patient (8 years).
proud owner of a brand new ileostomy (5 months).
disease free and enjoying it.
 


Ash83
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   Posted 3/3/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you still experiencing pain?

I would try to sit in a warm bath or take a hot shower and see if that helps. Using a heating pad on your back will help alleviate some discomfort as well.

BagGirl
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   Posted 3/3/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Still in pain! Urgh. I saw a chiropractor and that helped. Used a massager - that helped too. I thought it was pancreatitis. It looks like it's not 'bag' related.....I just always assume EVERYTHING is 'bag' related since it's the obvious place to start looking. ;)

Thanks for your help everyone.
I will try a heating pad next.
29 yr. old female - former chrone's/colitis patient (8 years).
proud owner of a brand new ileostomy (5 months).
disease free and enjoying it.
 


StomaGrrrl
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   Posted 3/4/2008 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Congrats on your ileostomy. Have you considered diarrhea? Your symptoms sound like how I feel when I have an episode. With the ileostomy it's harder to tell just because your output is liquid anyway, but the pain when you're having gas & diarrhea (really, why are they linked, it's insane) could be causing you the problems. My nurses always suggest the BRAT diet - bananas, rice, applesauce and tapioca to thicken the stool.
diagnosed Endometriosis 2001
first surgery 2003 - lesions found in rectum
7 major procedures in 2007 including 10-hour endometriosis dissection, ileostomy, ilestomy takedown, colostomy
No longer taking testosterone, codeine, vicodin, xanax, or receiving acupuncture 2-3 times a week
Loving life and re-entering "the world"
still taking the occasional valium :)


BagGirl
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   Posted 3/5/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
So my family dr. said he thought the pain was just muscle spasms. My chiropractor adjusted me, I used a massager and felt GREAT! The whole next day I was a little sore but fine. RIGHT after dinner - BOOM it came back. Now I'm having the urgency to go to the bathroom and lots of fresh blood is coming out. I have that brick in the stomach feeling when I drink water so I'm CONVINCED I'm either having a UC attack in my remaining rectal cuff or a first time Chrone's attack in my small intestine. I never had back pain when I had a colon...does this ring any bells????


I suppose it could just be diaherra....none of my specialists are available so I might end up in EMERG.
29 yr. old female - former chrone's/colitis patient (8 years).
proud owner of a brand new ileostomy (5 months).
disease free and enjoying it.
 


Indabag
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   Posted 3/5/2008 1:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BagGirl:

I have had kidney stones and I did have back pain with them. Where is the blood coming from (urine? rectal? ileostomy?) I got the stones from being dehydrated. Have you felt dehydrated lately? Seems like something passed, then, when you ate dinner the pain reoccured. Is that right?

I don't think it would hurt to go to the ER. They can give you fluids and a Cat scan to see what's going on. I hope you feel better soon.

Richard
Indabag
 
Ileostomy since August 2005.
As result of surgery (modified whipple) for necrotising pancreatitis. Removal of gallbladder, 2/3 of pancreas, resections of large and small intestines. Massive infection. 8 months in ICU at Westchester County M.C. (I think that's a record). Second surgery for resection due to fistulas in January 2007. Been slowly recovering since then. Possible reconnection candidate.


BagGirl
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   Posted 3/5/2008 10:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply Richard. ;) I went to EMERG. Sat there for 6 hours - saw the GI on call (what a freaking waste of time) Urine/Blood word came back normal. He couldn't find anything to match ALL my symptoms (aside from the back and stomach pain and bloating I now have the urgency to poop and when I sit on the can I get blood) He thinks I have (a) a colitis/chrone's flare up in the remaining rectal cuff and (b) something problem with my gallbladder

He sent me to get an ultrasound through my GP to rule out the gallbladder idea. Will have to get that done. I will bring up the idea of kidney stones to my GP...the pain DOES seem to come around after I eat...especially if I eat alot. I have been feeling a need to drink lots of water lately...
29 yr. old female - former chrone's/colitis patient (8 years).
proud owner of a brand new ileostomy (5 months).
disease free and enjoying it.
 

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