What has given you the worst obstructions? Does the amount you chew matter?

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   Posted 2/18/2010 1:44 AM (GMT -7)   
This has just been floating around in my brain for a while and thought it would be interesting to hear from you guys about you personal "obstruction foods" all on one thread.

I have read the "be careful" list many times and mostly avoid those foods but I know some of you have said you don't at all. Really wonder how you can get away with it?!?

I was also thinking that maybe I don't chew carefully and for long enough. I kind of eat fast and gulp down my food. Trying really hard to remember to count 25 chews when I remember.

I have had only one really problem obstruction and it scared me a LOT. Pain, lots of water and the treadmill were all involved in that very long night. Don't like hospitals and waiting rooms and Dr.s and nurses and orderlies and you know, everything that goes with the experience. No offense meant to all the wonderful people who are kind and helpful and working long hours for not enough pay in hospitals.
Those things we keep trying to do get easier not because the feat gets easier but our ability to "do" gets better.
Thyroid cancer removed 1988
Stomach problems finally figured out 2001 Crohn's/Colitus
Tried every drug without much success
Colon/rectal cancer removed Aug 2009
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   Posted 2/18/2010 3:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm lucky in that I've never had an obstruction in my ileostomy's 34 year history and I eat anything and everything (and it shows!).

A thing to remember, just because a certain food causes problems for one person DOES NOT mean it will cause a problem for you.
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   Posted 2/18/2010 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Shaz. Everyone is different.

All of my obstructions in the past were caused by scar tissue from the outside grabbing a hold of my small intestine, which would cause it to kink. When that would happen, it didn't matter what I ate, because it was going to be blocked. I had surgery last year, which thankfully corrected the problem, and now I don't have problems with blockages anymore.

Even though that's the case for me, I still chew my food really well to avoid any possible problems. Some foods that I completely avoid are raw broccoli, spinach, and onions, and cooked corn and popcorn, since they are difficult to digest. If I eat a tomato, I'll peel the skin off and de-seed it. I also use a vegetable peeler on celery to get the stringy outside part off. Cooked and juiced vegetables are easier to digest than raw vegetables. I also drink a lot of fluids, which is supposed to help avoid blockages.

If you ever have a complete blockage with vomiting, it's really important to go to the ER, because they can do X-Rays to make sure you don't have a perforation.

Hope that helps!

Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and permanent ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free and medicine-free since surgery and very thankful to be healthy again.

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   Posted 2/18/2010 5:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I am one of those that will eat EVERYTHING but I chew like there is no tomorrow!!!

The only time I have experienced partial blockages (lasting about an hour) was from eating too fast, while I was distracted, and not chewing like I should!!

We are all different...but shouldn't be scared off by 'lists' of no-no's...try one new item daily/weekly and see how your body responds:)

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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, i agree with all, but.....

It does make a difference if i chew really well and drink lots with it.
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
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   Posted 2/18/2010 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Typically obstructions in the first year post surgery are food related; after that they are most likely caused by adhesions. I eat everything including buckets of popcorn and I never chew well. I don't get blockages anymore but I think for Crohn's patients blockages could be continual due to possible strictures. I think you are going to just have to navigate through this to see what causes you concern. Always eat a small amount of a potentially hazardous food and see how you do before engaging in a full portion.

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 2/18/2010 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
i had a couple of times where i had little output and pains and such, one of those times i even threw up.
After i looked back i realized everytime i had eaten mozarella cheese sticks, you know the fried ones? I guess they are so tough they get stuck up in there. And youwould have thought i would have learned my lesson with those after i literally choked on one when i was pregnant! And my nurse husband stood there while i was choking, looking at me, trying to figure out how to do the himleic (sp?) on a pregnant woman! LOL
But i wont be eating them anymore!
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   Posted 2/18/2010 5:33 PM (GMT -7)   

I guess I am the odd one out with problems with nuts of any kind unless they are ground and added to like a cookie or something.  Corn is a killer for me, so I won't even try popcorn.  And sometimes even chocolate will cause some partial blockage, but that is only if I have been bad! hehe


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   Posted 2/19/2010 5:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Broccoli  devil     Corn  skull   

I fear those two the most...there are definitely ways to get around it, which I do...but their whole form, or if raw, crunchy or lightly steamed....hell no! shocked

Popcorn, on the other hand, I adore and am able to eat...yay!  smilewinkgrin



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   Posted 2/19/2010 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess I am lucky--I eat everything, and I don't chew well because I am usually in a hurry.

I have had no problems with corn, peas, broccoli, carrots, grapes, peanuts, popcorn, pineapple, raisins, you name it!

The only thing that kind of grosses me out about corn is that it comes out pretty much looking the same as it did going in (yuck, I know! probably because I don't chew well!) and is really obvious because our output is liquid...and sometimes the kernels float and won't go down when the toilet flushes. (I love this place because who else would I ever be able to tell that to?!? tongue ) I call them corn floaties. :P

The ONLY food that ever gave me some discomfort (but not a blockage) was when I ate potatoes that we cut up but still had the skins on the outside. The skins are what did it, and to be fair, my surgeon advised that I only need to avoid 2 foods completely: mushrooms and potato skins. Everything else in moderation is okay to try.

He said that the only time he has seen blockages is when someone has eaten a ton of a vegetable or fruit in one sitting (he said one guy ate almost a whole bag of raw spinach, and the little stalks gave him a blockage...but who eats a whole bag of spinach at once, you know? :)

Just try a little bit of something, and see how it goes. :) I mainly wanted to try to eat healthy, so that's why I tried all the fruits and veges.

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   Posted 2/19/2010 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
popeye eats a whole can of spinach at one time! maybe that guy needed some muscles!

My surgeon told me its pretty much ok, just dont eat a whole head of cabbage! And i thought, well why on earth would someone want to do that at one time anyway.
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007! 
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   Posted 2/21/2010 8:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Lol, summerstorm! I guess we can conclude that Popeye was not an ostomate..! Also, all that hevay lifting would surely give him a nasty hernia tongue
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