Signs of a blockage?

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   Posted 11/23/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't been here in ages! All new names to me but from reading I can see you're all going through similar situations and you all have great advice.
My husband was diagnosed with IBD, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's in 1995. He went through his course of various meds to no avail and had a total Colectomy with Ileostomy in 2003.
He's been doing great for the most part but recently has developed symptoms of what I think are blockages.  He chooses to ride out the pain but the man is in agony each time the following happens: SEVERE pain upper and middle abdomen. Ribs feel like they are crushing his lungs.
This is usually a 24 hour thing, mostly starts early evening after supper. He vomits most times. Uses a heating pad to help with pain and is generally just very sore the next day but exhausted from being up all hours of the night off and on.
I have begged him to go to the ER and he feels they won't do anything or can't do anything if it is a blockage, so he won't go. He says when this happens, he knows what to expect so he'll deal with it, knowing it will pass.
If these are episodes of blockages are they from foods not chewed well enough that can't pass through the stoma? Will the food eventually pass EVERY time or is he risking something more serious if he doesn't go to the Er to be examined?
He went to our Primary care Physician on 11/4 and the Dr referred him to the surgeon that performed his operation but that referral was because he has pain at the stoma site as well as bleeding and what looks like blisters.
We have yet to get a call for an appointment with the surgeon. I called them to see why they hadn't called and they said the paperwork was on someones desk waiting for something. I told them he is in pain and needs to be seen asap. The receptionist told me I'd be getting a call soon with an appointment. Hasn't happened yet!
I have a note to myself to call his office tomorrow and DEMAND an appointment but of course they will say if it's an emergency go to the ER. Hubby wants his Doctor not some ER Doc that doesn't know his history.
Anyway, I know I'm ranting like a lunatic but I'm worried, frustrated and really aggrivated with my husband for being so darn stubborn and scaring the hell outta me each time this happens and his Dr's reception people that don't seem to be doing their jobs.
Thanks for listening. Take special care of yourselves and your loved ones.

wandering smurf
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   Posted 11/23/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sandi,
I'am new here but have been an illostomate for more than 20
years... I have had my share of blockages.. Some have been
real scarey.. The hospital where I live is not equipped to deal
with this, so I must be very careful..
In most cases a blockage will pass on it's own.. It can take while
though and can be very painful..
Hot tea or just sipping hot water can help the process..
If a blockage does not pass with in a day or two, the risk of an
obstruction is possible.. I'am not trying to scare you, it's a reality
that ostomates must face..
Wandering Smurf

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   Posted 11/24/2008 11:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Vomiting is one sign of a blockage...does your husband have any output during these episodes? It could be a partial blockage that clears itself quickly, but you cannot always be guaranteed that!

What would worry me is what is causing these sounds like his disease has started causing issues that really should be addressed...YOU ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING by getting him to his doctor!

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   Posted 12/8/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Wandering Smurf and OHIO76-

So sorry my thank you's are so late. I thought I had checked the box to be notified of any replies, none came so I thought noone replied! I should've checked here sooner.

Hubby went to surgeon and was told in no uncertain terms to get to ER immediately if it happens again. He may need yet another surgery as Dr feels something may be getting "kinked" up and causing this to happen time and time again.

And on a side note, No, no output when this happens.

Will keep you posted and thanks again for replying!

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   Posted 12/8/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
  Hi, I have no idea how to start, but here goes. I have a J Pouch also I was born with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, a disease of the large intestine. It is an inherited disease and if untreated 100% risk of developing cancer. I have had 8 abdominal surgeries, starting at 12 years of age. In 1968 I had most of my large colon removed. Kept getting polyps. In 2000 I had a Total Colectomy with Ileoanal Reservoir, J Pouch.
  It took me almost 2 years to recoup. It was 2 stage. The diseased  bowel and rectal lining were removed and I had a temporary loop ileostomy for 7 months while the J Pouch healed. Then I was reconnected. I went from 30 to 8-10 BM's a day. Now I have adhesions really bad, causing small bowel blockages. Cramping is terrible, no bm's, throwing up. I have pain meds to take, but if I cannot get past it myself, I have to go to the hospital. IV's, morphine, NG tube,bed rest and nothing to eat. If I don't go to hospital my Dr. said it could burst open and I could die. Pretty scary.
  I took medamucil for over 35 years for the big D(diarrhea) then all of a sudden it caused blockages. Now I take 8 imodium a day, Bentyl 4 times a day also new med. Donnatal after meals. I only eat once a day because as soon as I eat I start going to the bathroom.
  I am sorry this is so long. There is so much going on. I have been fighting having an ileostomy for so long. The Dr. says my quality of life would improve. But no one can tell me if the cramps will stop and I will be better. My surgery would not be reversible as I have very little small bowel. If any one can relate to any of this please reply and let me know. I am very depressed. My intestine or lack of is controling my life. I have a lot of living to do. I have 2 grown children and 6 wonderful grand children. Thank you for listening. PJ  My email address is

Post Edited (pj6047) : 12/8/2008 7:35:13 PM (GMT-7)

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