frustrated please any advice

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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/15/2009 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
HI I just joined today to ask a few questions.
My fiance had surgery 1 week ago today.  He has been in the hospital for 13 days.  We went in because he had severe stomach pain.  They thought he had crohn's.  Well we waiteed for the obstruction to heal itself but nothing was happening so they did a colonoscipy to see if it was crohn's.  The results were 98% positive.  Then they decided to go in and remove part of his small intestines.  When they opened him up they found 2 perferations in his colon and removed part of it.  Because of the inflamation they put on a temporary ostomy.  Well they pulled the NG tube the day after surgery.  He had some bowel movements.  they said it was caused by diverticulitis. Then 2 days later he was so uncomfortable because of severe bloating that they put the NG tube back in.  he had tons come out of the tube.  Then they decided to clamp him on sunday.  The bloating returned.  They hooked him back up sunday night but not nearly as much came out.  He is still feeling really bloated.  His bowel movements have also extremley slowed.
Is this normal for it to take this long for everything to work?
Could something else be going on?
I am so frustrated and he is so depressed.  Is there anything we can do to help relieve the bloating?

Post Edited (Aleyjewell) : 12/15/2009 1:08:10 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/15/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -6)   
An ileus is a very common occurance after abdominal surgery. It sounds like your fiance has had his fair share of complications. But it will get better! The more he can walk the halls and get his intestines to awaken the better he will feel.

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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   Posted 12/15/2009 2:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks sue. We try and walk as much as possible. I just want him to feel better. I am so maxed out and I don't know what else to do.

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   Posted 12/15/2009 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Sue walking takes care of lots of things to include gas and makes you stronger. If he hasn't had anything to eat his output probably won't be very much. Good Luck and I hope things get better for the both of you. Sometime ileuses can be really stubborn and just not move. Years ago when I worked on the surgical floor at the hospital our surgeon would order milk and molasses enemas for the ileus patient. Somehow that got things going. It would have to be mixed up on food service and the nurses delivered it to the patient wow that's been a million years ago...wonder if they still do that stuff.

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   Posted 12/15/2009 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Well they ordered another ct scan. We will see how that looks tonight hopefully. He hasn't eaten for 2 weeks as of tomorrow.
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