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Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:16 pm

I have a ostomy stoma that isnt level with the skin, about the size of a quarter. The opening itself is smaller than the size of a unsharpened pencil. All I can get to come out is muddy looking water, after using mag citrate. What is concerning me is that there is major pressure in my whole abdomen and behind the ostomy stoma, pllus reduced appetite. Any ideas or suggestions?

Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:09 pm

Hi Shadow,  This to me sounds like a blockage.  How long has it been since you passed normal stool?  Have you been eating?  How much liquid has been coming out?  You should probably not eat anything more until you resolve this.  It may mean a trip to the ER but you don't want to mess around with a blockage.  Please let us know how things work out for you.

All the best,

Terry

Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:10 pm

Hi again,  I should add, you probably shouldn't take any more laxative either, as if it is a blockage, that can just make it worse.

 

T.

Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:27 pm
delgrl525 wrote:

Hi again,  I should add, you probably shouldn't take any more laxative either, as if it is a blockage, that can just make it worse.

 

T.


Its hurting into my back and I can feel essure and hear gurgling, but no gas, just liquid since yesterday late afternoon, also nausous, dizzy, and tired

Sat Oct 31, 2020 4:53 pm
Shadowchick27 wrote:


Its hurting into my back and I can feel essure and hear gurgling, but no gas, just liquid since yesterday late afternoon, also nausous, dizzy, and tired


I really think you should get to the ER, I'm no doctor or nurse, but I have had several experiences of blockages myself.  Everything you have said sounds like this is what's happening.  I would recommend you have someone drive you if possible.  I actually lost consciousness a couple of times during one of my blockages, when the pain got really bad.  Better to not take the chance.  Please let me know how you make out.  Good luck!

Terry

Sat Oct 31, 2020 10:35 pm

  Hi shadow, 

Del is right, go.  I had a blockage two weeks ago I  got awful stomach ache sicker than a dog throwing up. It started coming out but I was so sick had to go to the  ER. Take care,..mtnman 

Sat Oct 31, 2020 11:20 pm

Hi Shadow,

  I'm hoping by the time you read this that things are ok with you.  You've waited probably a bit beyond the point in which I'd head up to the ER.  I'd be curious to hear exactly what they do for a blockage.  Before my ostomy I used to get really bad blockages.  I was one of those stupid people who always refused to go to the ER, no matter how bad the pain got.......and it got bad.  I always managed to talk myself out of going........saying it will probably let go on the way.......or it'll free up any minute now.  It wasn't until my Gastro explained how pain worked that I started to take it seriously.  He said that even if I was able to take the full pain a blockage could produce, which he said could be way worse than labor (maybe you ladies on here can confirm or deny), he said at some point your body would shut down to protect itself....meaning I'd lose consciousness.  That scared the crap out of me, pardon the pun...(but it does seem to fit perfectly here), meaning as I'm driving up to the ER, or while home alone.  Despite me being a stubborn ass at times.......there's no way I'd ever want to cause a car accident because I waited too long and blacked out while driving to the ER, so after swigging some Phospo-Soda I'd give it an hour or so tops........and then head on up to the ER.  There they'd stick an IV in and give me fluids.....but I don't know what they do these days.  It's really not worth taking the chance of either blacking out.......or rupturing your bowels.......because either of those can have some very serious consequences.  Get yer arse up there!  And when you get back let us know you're ok!

regards,

bob

Sun Nov 01, 2020 12:38 am
Mtnman wrote:

  Hi shadow, 

Del is right, go.  I had a blockage two weeks ago I  got awful stomach ache sicker than a dog throwing up. It started coming out but I was so sick had to go to the  ER. Take care,..mtnman 


Hi Shadow,

I agree with the others - a blockage is not fun and wouldn't it just be better to find out sooner rather than later.  

Take complete care of yourself. Let us know what happens as there are many of us that have gone through the best of times (when the flange stays on for over a week) and the worst of times (countless ER visits and blow-outs) with ostomy issues. Just K

Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:41 am

Hi Shadow i,ve had my ilieo. for a long time and before i had resection surgery 2 1/2 yrs. ago my stoma was the size of a soda straw andi had blockages, throwing up , blacking out  and so on and then my wife would drive me to the emergency room and they would pump me full of fluids and muscle relaxers and in 4-5 hrs. they would send me home.  good luck

Sun Nov 01, 2020 10:15 am

Ah.....thanks Ron.....I forgot to mention the throwing up thing that comes in between the excruciating waves of pain and blacking out.  That, I was told, was the last indication you'd get that you're in real trouble before the lights go out.  It always felt better to puke........but was just a temporary relief to something worse.  And the funny thing is.....each time I went thru this crap I'd tell myself....never again.  But there I'd be next time refusing to go to the ER again, knowing full well I promised myself this time would be different.  As Gump said......."stubborn is as stubborn does"......or was that "stupid"......well, seems to fit either way!

Shadow.......how you doing?

regards,

bob

Sun Nov 01, 2020 8:05 pm
ron in mich wrote:

Hi Shadow i,ve had my ilieo. for a long time and before i had resection surgery 2 1/2 yrs. ago my stoma was the size of a soda straw andi had blockages, throwing up , blacking out  and so on and then my wife would drive me to the emergency room and they would pump me full of fluids and muscle relaxers and in 4-5 hrs. they would send me home.  good luck


Hi Ron,  For interest sake, blockages are treated in different ways depending on where they are located.  Mine were always directly behind my stoma, so what they did was insert a tube or catheter right into the stoma.  It usually started to drain pretty quickly.  I always wondered why that worked and the only thing I could come up with is that it's the same principle as siphoning gas.  I should ask my doctor sometime.  

Cheers,

Terry

Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:04 pm

Anyone hear from Shadowchick?  Hope she's all right...

Lily17~

Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:16 pm
Lily17 wrote:

Anyone hear from Shadowchick?  Hope she's all right...

Lily17~


Hi Lily,  I actually sent her a PM a while ago to check in, waiting to hear back from her.

 

Terry

Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:48 pm
delgrl525 wrote:


Hi Lily,  I actually sent her a PM a while ago to check in, waiting to hear back from her.

 

Terry

Thank you, Terry.

Lily17~

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