blockage after colostamy

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   Posted 1/11/2011 8:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, My mam suffers with colitus and had to go for surgery to get the colostamy bag fitted three years ago. She had a few problems after but she has been doing really well recently. She then woke up with severe pain in her abdominal area and got very weak thursday morning. She was brought into hospital and has been there since.
She has a bloakage in her intestine which they thought would work itself out as this can be quite common after surgery. Unfortunitly there has been no change and there is nothing coming into the colostamy bag at all. They are going to wait till the end of the day and they are prepping her for surgery tomorrow if there is still no improvement. The thought of her going through another surgery is terrible the last thing she needs...Has anyone gone through this themselves or have any advice?

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   Posted 1/11/2011 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi DC89:

I replied on the ulcerative colitis site.
Mom to Dillon (age 19) who had three major UC flares over two years....Very sick. Colectomy Sept/09, J pouch built Jan/10 and take down Feb/10. Now out living life at University and doing great. NO MEDS

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   Posted 1/11/2011 12:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My son had the exact thing happen to him about 3 months after surgery. They inserted a tube through his nose and down his throat and with very gentle suction they were able to dislodge the obstruction. I can totally understand your concern, as he was in so much pain it was ridiculous and we rushed him to the hospital at 2:00 in the morning...He was there for about 2 days, and did not need surgery. Have they tried this yet with your mom?

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   Posted 1/11/2011 10:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Is it a food blockage or adhesion blockage? If it is adhesions and she is not better, they have to go in and cut the adhesions. Ask if they can put in an adhesion barrier like Seprafilm to slow the number and density of yet more adhesions. Surgery begets adhesions, adhesions beget more surgery. Been there. I wish her luck. Rosemary

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   Posted 1/12/2011 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had that happen twice since my surgery 10 months ago. Mine was not caused by adhesions or by food. It was a kink or twisting of my intestines. I am having mesh put in near my intestines so it won't happen again, hopefully.
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 
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