Happy new Year to all
2019 has commenced with yet another partial blockage! I am well used to these now having lived with an ileostomy for 14 years and now have a good plan in place to deal with these at home in the hopes of avoiding a hospital visit where they don't really do anything apart from tell you there is a partial blocakage which usually clears on it's own and then they don't let you gp home for like 3 - 4 days to monitor your food intake and output etc. I find it a waste of time and if I can deal it with it at home I do. Although I do not recommend staying at home if thre is no output and you start vomiting - then get to hispital asap!! Also if the pain is too intense to bear then go to hospital for drugs for the pain and nausea
Thankfully the blockage cleared at home after a night of painful abdominal cramps. However although I now have usual output, my stoma doesn't seem to have really reduced back to normal size yet and it has been three days since the blocakage cleared.
It has ballooned to more than twice the normal size and is painful to touch. The other weird thing is I can actually feel any output going through and a slight burning sensation at the same time which is not usual
I have cut a larger hole in my pouch opening which has given some relief
Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem and how long it took for the stoma to go back to normal. I have always had a swollen stoma with past blockages but not as big as this and would normally have gone down a lot by now
I have read sugar helps but not too keen on the mess that would result from leaving my pouch off for 20 nns time that is suggested
Hoping it will subside in the next day or so .....
I am a 52 year old female and have had the ileostomy since I was about 38 as a result of years of severe UC
Any commennts welcome, thanks!