Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:53 am Post subject: Blockage??
I'm a new ileostomate, not a new ostomate (had a colostomy since Oct 2008). I just had my surgery Feb 4th, things are going mostly ok. I hear the word blockage thrown around often enough and would like to know the symptoms. Last night I had some abdominal pressure and growliness with very little to no output. I took my temp last night because I couldn't stop shivering and it was 100.8F. I took some tylenol and went to bed. My fever broke before morning, but also came back when the tylenol wore off and that time it was 102.2F. I've never had a blockage before but I was convinced that had to be what was going on. I slet most of the day but also only took in liquids. It seems to have worked though, no fever and as the day went more output came and now my bag is filling up again as normal. I guess my question is does this sound like a blockage?? I'm pretty sure I know what I ate that caused it and I won't have that food again and honestly knew when I was eating the food that I probably shouldn't but well I was being STUPID HA! won't do that again, no fun!
It does sound like you were well on your way to having a blockage. Some foods do take longer to digest. The main symptoms of a blockage are : little or no output into your appliance and bad abdominal pain to what I have experienced anyway. You did do the right thing by just taking in water or fluids (clear I hope) and soft foods if any.
I had a massive blockage last year and nearly lost my life, so be very careful with some foods, like raw veges.
Hope this has helped and be careful with certain foods.
Jax is spot on there, that was a close shave. Her advice is bang on, try and remember what you ate the day before, and avoid in future!! Plus fibrous foods, leeks put me in hospital for 3 days!!
Don't be afraid though, just be aware!And chew really well and long if it's something you can't resist.We ostomates are supposed to avoid mushrooms but I love them, chew well and enjoy.
The treatment for imminent blockage is exactly as Jax described.There is very litle generally that you'll feel deprived of,general rule, little and often, and not too late in the evening.
Take care QD,
as long as there is no infection anywhere, that is exactly how I would feel when I would get a blockage.
Low residue diet and lots of water, I would be scared to do a laxitive without asking ur doc.
Godd luck honey and I hope you feel better! <3
Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 2:35 pm Post subject: Got admitted
My fever of 102 came back the next day and my output was not coming again. I contacted my GI nurse and I was told to go to the ER and I did. I got x-rays and a CT scan. They thought with such high fevers and me being so newly out of surgery that it could have been an abcess. Thank goodness it was not an abcess. It wasn't really a blockage either. I was really dehydrated and that simply caused my intestines to "fall asleep" aka stop moving things along. They said there are 2 things that can cause that to happen 1. infection (which I did not have) 2. an imbalance in electrolytes and being I was dehydrated I would feel safe my electrolytes were way off. They admitted me so I spent Fri evening- Sun Noon in the hospital. My belly is still growly and I don't think it is fully awake, but the Drs were confident enough to let me go home to keep recovering. This is really miserable and tiring. It feels like a million gas bubbles floating around inside me and I have no way to get them out and really wish I could. At least when my rectum was intact I could put a butt in the air and let some of the gas out haha, this way I try moving in many positions to maybe help the air along and it doesn't seem to work this time around. I have to go back to work March 10 so I'm a lil stressed out, ok A LOT stressed out. This whole month of Feb just wasn't pleasant to me. I know I'll learn to love my ileostomy but man if a thousand issues didn't come along with it. If I could just get rid of all the tag along problems I could really be a happy person. Only time will help with this all I am sure and it is all new, so positive thinking is what I must do and not lose hope/heart it's just soooooo hard. I had a complete breakdown Saturday night while in the hospital and just balled my eyes out. No fun
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