longstanding, slowly "moving" spasms/cramps in the gut

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pelztier86
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   Posted 5/25/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
hi guys!

has anyone experienced this kind of cramps/spasms in the gut that I'll try to
describe (though I don't know I will be successful):

They usually begin in the right upper/mid abdomen and spread on the left side by
slowly moving forward. It's a feeling as if the bowel cramps/is
hypercontractile, then suddenly releases the tension for a very short time and
then continues to cramp. You may know these special caterpillars that move
forward by contracting and erecting their bodies followed by relaxation. That's
the way my bowel seems to act in these situations.

I was in constant spasms before my ileostomy. At that time I felt them mainly in
the lower abdomen (from beginning to the end of the colon) caused by my
non-functioning colon.
After the surgery, I didn't expereince them since I hadn't a colon any more.

However, recently I started to have this kind of spasms/cramps in the upper/mid
abdomen - luckily they are much less severe than the spasms I had in my colon
and they seem to occur only in short attacks. However, it strikes me that they
increase in their frequency and strenght. Actually, they must now arise in the
small bowel.
These spasms were directly connected to the inability of the colon to move
things along; I could almost feel where the stuff got stuck.

So maybe you can understand my concern that these spasms may reoccur now in the
small bowel indicating an increasing problem there. Infact I know that my small
bowl is not working properly either (due to the diffuse motility prob) but so
far it seems to be less affected than the removed colon.

Has anyone experienced/do anyone experience these kind of cramps/spasms, too?


Hugs
SArah

finallyfree
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 5/25/2009 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sarah,

I have had and continue to have spasms in my intestines before and after my colectomy.  My dr had me on Levsin before my surgery and we thought I could go off it after the surgery but I needed to go back on it.  It has really helped me, I take it 3x's a day; I don't know if this will help you.

I wish you the best,

Judy


 
 
Judy
 
spleen/appendix/gall bladder  removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
 
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
 
There's always hope and things will get better :)


pelztier86
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 401
   Posted 5/26/2009 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
hi judy,

thanks for replying!!

do you know if you also have motility problems with your small inetstine? Do you feel the spasms in the same place as before surgery?

hugs
Sarah

finallyfree
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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 5/26/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sarah,

I don't know if I have slow motility of the small intestine but when my GI had me try to take immodium for the diarrhea after my surgery I couln't even take 1/2 a pill bc it stopped my bms altogether so I might have issues with the small intestine too.

The spasms are pretty much in the same place though.

Peace and prayers,

Judy


 
 
Judy
 
spleen/appendix/gall bladder  removed/endometriosis/complete hysterectomy at 29/sinus surgery/numerous allergies & asthma/chronic kidney stones/ pancreatitis 3x's/2 knee surgeries-now need replacement/shoulder surgery w/ pins-which also froze following surgery/severe adhesions & scar tissue-stomach to chest-liver to ribs-colon to pelvis/severe IBS w/ constipation/subtotal colectomy 7/08-
 
Am now down from 17 meds a day to 8 and VERY healthy:)
 
There's always hope and things will get better :)


spasman
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 361
   Posted 5/27/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I have colon spasms.Perhaps i should get ileo-anastomis.
-IBS induced by NSAID
-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-
 


sammies
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 493
   Posted 5/27/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have an ileostomy/total proctocolectomy and have had some horrible cramping on and off for the last month.Your description matches mine. And as you wrote, I had this type of cramping prior to the surgery, was gone for a while after the surgery, and then returned. I too found it wierd b/c I no longer have a colon--however my colon was moving way too fast.

Seemed like cramping started right after I stopped taking percoset from the surgery. Tried motrin, alleve, tylenol and even dilating the stoma. All helped somewhat but cramping always returned. Finally, a round of prednisone --hadn't been on it in years--has helped immensely.

I'm curious to find out how things turn out for you--how they stop turning!-as the cramping has been a mystery to my GI and surgeon. Good luck.
24+ years with Crohn's/colitis; fistulizing crohn's; ileostomy and proctocolectomy; propranolol and xanax; been on a ton of crohn's meds; praying to get through each day.

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