Food blockage question

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   Posted 7/15/2007 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I was just curious what the doctors do if you get a food blockage with an ileostomy?
Has anyone had one?

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   Posted 7/15/2007 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   

It depends if your blockage is partial or full.  A partial blockage can be managed at home with fluids and exercise.  If the symptoms include vomiting or a complete cessation of passing stool or gas it's time to head to the ER where it should be managed by a physician.  The treatment of care will start with IV fluids and pain medication and observation.


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   Posted 7/16/2007 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I wasnt sure what they did, I had visions of them having to suck it out with something, Im sooooo new at this, I just want to know everything so in case something should arise Im familar with techniques. I wish there was one of those JUST FOR DUMMIES books for ostomies, Hey maybe I should request one be written.


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   Posted 7/16/2007 2:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I have eaten alot of things since operation in April 2006 and all have passed thru if ate up very well. Sometimes I get in a hurry and don't chew enough and end up with some pain during passing, but not bad enough to block me up. I do know that I will not eat any more sal***er taffy. It didn't
desolve at all and was very painful but it did pass. I was told to be very careful because it is noooo fun and very painful if you do get blocked up. Have a great day. 

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   Posted 7/18/2007 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
i haven't had any blockages yet, but worried about them quite a lot after surgery.  i'm almost 7 months post-op and eat whatever i feel was mentioned, sometimes passing things can be felt, but i have yet to eat anything that i cannot pass.  and i eat everything.  nuts, raisins, onions, etc.  no probs so long as things are chewed.  if you're uncertain about a food, send it through the blender first
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
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   Posted 7/23/2007 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Same here, no blockages in 17 months, and I eat everything.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in '99 at age 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Pain-free, med-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)

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   Posted 8/4/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had a few food blockages, most shortly after surgery.  I went to the hospital with one, it just passed in a matter of time. It was scary though.  I don't remember how I learned about this, but I keep grape juice on hand, just the Welch's Grape Juice, and if I ever have a problem with what feels like might be a blockage or very slow passage, I drink the heck out of that grape juice, just keep drinking it.  It helps with the digestive process somehow, it works for me.

I am a 47 year old female, had ileostomy in 1990.  I am not as upbeat and positive about mine like everyone else seems to be.  

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   Posted 8/5/2007 3:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I haven't had a blockage in 31 years. Remember, most blockages are caused by adhesions with only 10% being caused by food so chances are you won't ever get a blockage caused by what you ate :)
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
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   Posted 8/5/2007 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Just remember to drink lots of fluids when you eat fiberous foods. Drinking helps a lot, I mean water, etc!

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   Posted 8/5/2007 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
the grape juice proabably helps because juice in general, but apple and grape the most, can give you loose stools anyway, so they probably just help move it along quicker.

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   Posted 8/6/2007 12:04 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had a few blockages caused by food the first one was cause by eating coconut(big no no) very,very painful every thing backs up vomitting and cramping only releif was morphine every hour till it passed.I have had blockages from eating almonds,a dry nut same sytomies as before not at all pleasant.
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