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Stomach Cramps Every Night

Posted by freedancer, on Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:01 pm

Ok, here's my current scenario.  About 7pm till about 11pm I begin to get bad stomach cramps that travel left to right across the top of my abdomen area.  It happens like clock work every night.  It doesn't matter what or when I eat, it is the same every night.  My ileostomy surgery was on the 12th of July and these cramps started about two weeks after I got home from the hospital.   I had my post op and told the doctor about this.  He was not concerned and said everything was all "angry" in there and will take time to get better.  These cramps are beginning to wear me out!  Did any of you have this issue???  It seems when the cramps get done,  the stoma empties out really fast in several bursts and the pain stops.  I've taken ibuprofen,  gas ex and taken my other pain medications to help it and the heavy hitter pain meds are the only ones that help it.   Any assistance with this would be helpful.

Reply by Bill, on Sat Aug 19, 2017 3:00 am

Hello freedancer and thanks for an interesting post.

From waht you describe about how the pain goes away after the stoma empties, it sounds as if the peristalsis (the pushing muscles) haven't quite got back into a routine to push the faeces through more gently and consistently. I find it interesting because when I get severe cramps it is usually during the irrigation process when the harder faeces have been expelled and it is just the liquid that is left. Given time, it does get pushed through in exactly the way you describe - 'really fast in several bursts and the pain stops'. This makes me wonder if the peristalsis has more of a problem with liquid than it does with solids.

Just a thought!

Best wishes


Reply by Angelicamarie, on Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:20 am

Freedancer hi how are you this morning? It has not been that long since you had the surgery, sounds good that u told your doctor so he's in the loop, no one want to take heavy pain killers unless they have too, obviously he knew you was going to need them so take them when this pain gets to u. I can't really tell you at this time I'f I had that sort of pain all I can remember is pain!!! Hang in there, the body is still waking up and if doesn't get better go back to the doctor!!! Hope this helped!!! Freedancer have a great day!! angelicamarie


Reply by Immarsh, on Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:58 am

Hi Freedancer,

Consider looking at your mealtime habits.  if you're only getting the pain at night, perhaps  you're eating to much at one time,  or the food from earlier in the day is "backed up.

On an empty stomach food passes through me in about 4 hours.   Sometimes ( if I overeat) I get a kind of pressure pain, down around  my right side, just before "poop" finds it's way out of the stoma.  

You're system is very new to the changes, and there still may be healing and or scar tissue causing the pain.  I'd try smaller meals, and track what you eat, to see if anything specific is causing the discomfort.   I can have soup, or past and not have any discomfort, but sometimes too much fiber, like corn or salads can can cause some distress "passing" through.   Best of luck to you.   Marsha

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