In the nearly thirty years since I had my surgery for colon removal, I have only had small bowel obstruction twice.
The first time was in 2005. That got me five days in the hospital with lots of pain and a nasogastric tube. The NG tube was a fun time. It hurt like hell in your
sinus cavities after about twelve hours and sucked out a lot of swampy-looking green stuff (bile). I came very close
to having surgery, but the obstruction spontaneously resolved on its own, and I was released from the hospital.
The second time was in 2019. I started feeling a dull ache in my abdomen on a Thursday morning. It got worse as the day went on, but I did
not have as much pain or the nausea and vomiting I had in 2005. I tried to tough it out and spent a sleepless Thursday night, but I knew I was in trouble
by Friday morning when things had not resolved. I knew what was happening, and I tried everything to get it to resolve. I had read that standing on your head
had worked for some people, so I even did a handstand against the wall. No luck.
I ended up going to the emergency room since the pain was getting worse. I squirmed around in pain and waited for nine hours to finally see a doctor. During that time, the pain became really intense
and I was on the verge of vomiting. All of a sudden, I felt a weird warm sensation in my abdomen, and the pain and nausea suddenly disappeared. I felt 100% normal again. It must have worked itself loose.
I really regretted going to the emergency room, especially since the care was so poor and they did not seem to know how to triage patients. I'm just wondering, for those of you
who have dealt with obstructions, do you go to the hospital pretty quickly when you start to feel the sensations, or do you give it some time to fix itself?
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