I've had my colostomy for 6 months, and it has really given me more than my share of "challenges". Still working on getting meds right (I still have chronic constipation, but the incontinence was fixed). Have chronic nausea that no one can figure out.
But this week was a new one for me….went 4 days w/ no output. Talked to docs a few times during the week and came up w/ med strategies. By Saturday, I was really bloated and feeling "yucky", so I contacted the on call resident at the hospital I go to. He sent me to an urgent care for x-rays, exam, etc., where all exam info gets sent immediately to the hospital for assessment, and then the hospital send back a diagnosis and plan of treatment to the urgent care. Avoids the long wait at the ER.
The hospital looked at X-rays and first said "yes there is an obstruction" then upon final view "no obstruction is noted". Ok, weird to change your mind, but I'm happy. Added a few more meds, and if by today it's not giving some output, head to ER for admission.
I am thrilled to report that I have output!!!
I'm sure a lot of this post is a "been there, done that" kind of thing for many people, but it was a big scare for me. The thought of another Ileus or an NG tube or anything close scared the **** out of me!! Quite literally.
Of course I want to hear about
your personal stories w/ this and how you prevent it. I have looked it up on google and Webmd, but want to hear from you too!
Also, I tried searching on this site for past posts about
this topic, but I get a bunch of unrelated "junk". I feel stupid that something that should be simple is tripping me up--what am i doing wrong?
Thanks for your help. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
I HAVE HOPE
Many challenges, lots I am thankful for.
spina bifida dx age 20, chronic back pain (surgery: tethered spinal cord, spinal fluid leak), neurogenic bladder (augment w/ stoma, sling-2015), chronic migraine, TMJ, bulging discs etc C3-C6, neurogenic bowel, colostomy-2015, bipolar type 2, anxiety, fibromyalgia, severe nausea, hysterectomy+salpingo-oophorectomy 2015, and more. Gonna be ok!
Post Edited (Sunny13) : 8/2/2015 8:30:34 AM (GMT-6)