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Bowel Obstruction? Bowel Obstruction?

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Unread 11-30-2003, 01:26 PM
Bowel Obstruction?

I am awaiting surgery for an 8.3 ovarian mass. Approx. 2 weeks ago, I had what I thought was the flu. I had it coming from both ends. I had this for almost 48 hours. Last night I felt bloated and had slight pains in my stomach. I felt fine this morning until I had my morning coffee and then it hit. I have been going from both ends again. I have had 3 abdominal surgerys in the past. Could this be a possible partial bowel obstruction and not the flu?
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Unread 11-30-2003, 03:16 PM
Bowel Obstruction?

I was admitted thru the ER for emergency surgery for 2 total Bowel Obstructions...I had underwent a TAH in Jan '00, then an RSO/Lap in March & the B. Obstruction surgery was in May 2000.
I had been experiencing severe pain in my right upper quadrant...kinda between my belly button & my rib cage. I had a BM the day before but during some of the tests they were running on me...things were backing up out of my stomach which I was vomiting out <gross, I know> I've read where some patients present with watery-type stools but that can be where fluid is passing thru.
I still experience partial obstructions which I monitor closely for *signs* of it becoming blocked. My Dr. told me drinking lots of fluid can help things moving in there. I also find if I walk a lot when the pain hits it helps mine. Once you've had these the risk are increased for future occurrence Here are some links & info I have describing various types of blockages & obstructions:

Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction:

Intestinal pseudo-obstruction (false blockage) is a condition that causes symptoms like those of a bowel obstruction (blockage). But when the intestines are examined, no obstruction is found. A problem in how the muscles and nerves in the intestines work causes the symptoms. Pseudo-obstruction symptoms include cramps, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, bloating, fewer bowel movements than usual, and loose stools. Over time, pseudo-obstruction can cause bacterial infections, malnutrition, and muscle problems in other parts of the body.

MRI for Small Bowel Obstruction:

Chronic Intermittent Intestinal Obstruction:


Symptoms of bowel obstruction will depend, to some degree, on the location of the obstruction — small or large intestine, as well as the degree of obstruction, ranging from partial to complete. Please note that it is not necessary to have all of the symptoms of obstruction before seeking help.

Small intestine obstruction symptoms include:
  • Abdominal pain and cramping, often coming in "waves"
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Usually, no gas passing rectally
Large intestine obstruction symptoms include:
  • Bloated abdomen
  • Abdominal pain ranging in severity from mild to severe
    Rectal bleeding
  • Constipation
  • Occasionally, leaking of stool from the rectum
  • Fever, rapid pulse, dehydration
  • Changes in hair and/or nails
If any of these symptoms don't resolve within a day or so, immediate medical attention is needed.
The symptoms and signs of bowel obstruction depend on whether the blockage is in the small intestine (small-bowel obstruction) or the large intestine

Symptoms of Intestinal Obstructions

In our Resources Forum there is this thread as well~ Bowel Obstructions

I'm sorry you have so very much going on Pls consult w/your Surgeon or PCP to let them know your symptoms so they can better advise you Or if this sounds like what you are experiencing, a trip to the ER might be needed....
Good prayers will be w/you that all is well! Pls let us know how your doing....(((hugs)))

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