Could I be devloping toxic megacolon?

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bb224
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   Posted 9/23/2008 1:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Over the last week I've been in and out of the hospital several times, My doctor said the blood worked showed a new infection and I started anti biotics for it. Then I stopped having bowel movements. First they just slowed down then they stopped. I do have a fever right now of 40c and my stomach isn't very swollen but the doctors said it was and in a x-ray they did see alot of stool built up in an area of a colon but that it should break down on it's own. Should I be worried?

sadgirl1984
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   Posted 9/23/2008 3:47 AM (GMT -6)   
but arent they giving you any pills to make u defecate??like dulcolax?

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   Posted 9/23/2008 4:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Where do you live?  Yeah, I would be worried.  I would march myself back into the hospital.

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   Posted 9/23/2008 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you been checked since you stopped going? Yes, you do have reason to be worried. An infection followed by obstipation (that's a $50 word for not going at all and being blocked by stool) could lead to toxic megacolon. Better safe than sorry.
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   Posted 9/23/2008 8:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi what meds are you on exactly?? All of them.

You could add a stool softener....
Definitely get checked out again.

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bb224
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   Posted 9/23/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm on asacol, Prednisone, A heart burn pill, Prozac and two anti biotics. Nothing to help me go. I'll try taking a couple senokot and see if that works.

Christine1946
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   Posted 9/23/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Senokot is good.  Years ago when I was pregnant with my oldest daughter I had terrible constipation and my gyn doctor prescribed it. So it must be gentle to the system.  Did you move your bowels today?

bb224
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   Posted 9/23/2008 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I had two really mushy poops, And alot of leakage. I'm still really worried about it cause the doctor I last seen said he could still hear air passing the clog so it could break down on it's own. I think I'll go to the hospital in the morning and get another X-ray. And see if they can do anything. I'm currently taking morphene as well because I have been in alot of pain from this over the weekend. I forgot to mention that earlier.

Christine1946
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   Posted 9/24/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Good luck!  Let us know how you make out.  Hope everything is ok.

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   Posted 9/24/2008 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   

Morphene blocked me up incredibly - didn't go for a week.  It very well may contribute to your inability to defecate.

Best of luck to you

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bb224
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   Posted 9/25/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I've been going small tiny mushy stools but I've been taking alot of senokot

I think I'll goto the hospital tonight cause when ever im not on the morphene i can barely move im in so much pain.
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