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   Posted 11/25/2008 9:21 AM (GMT -7)   
this time i am  here for a blockage........................ how why and how does this happen and how often does this happen to you guys.. any advice to avoid this next time.............i do not have a bag but i dont have my large colon anymore.

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   Posted 11/25/2008 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Blockages occur because there has been a narrowing of the intestine from surgery. They rate from minor (partial) to major (full) and for most people occur more frequently in the first year post surgery. I have had several partial obstructions which I have managed at home. There are things you can do to try to avoid blockages but even by being careful you might still have them. Always chew food well and drink water after eating. Get regular exercise (walking is ideal), and try to see if there are patterns to your obstuctions. Mine were always caused by fiberous foods (oranges, pineapple, etc). I never avoided eating them but paid more attention to chewing them after I experienced a partial obstruction. Obstructions happen to both ostomates, jpouchers, and anyone else that might have had abdominal surgery.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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