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How to Know If You Have a Bowel Obstruction

I was a nurse in the RAAF (Royal Australian Air Force). I loved nursing but had to stop after being diagnosed with my own health issues.

Recovering after surgery for a bowel obstruction usually takes up to 2–4 weeks. Depending on the nature of the surgery, recovery can be very painful.

Recovering after surgery for a bowel obstruction usually takes up to 2–4 weeks. Depending on the nature of the surgery, recovery can be very painful.

What Is a Bowel Obstruction?

A bowel obstruction, or blockage, occurs when something prevents stool from passing through the intestine in the normal way.

To help explain what's going on in your body, we can use a garden hose as an analogy. If you stand on a garden hose, the water is unable to pass through it. The tap keeps pumping, but the water cannot pass beyond your foot, which is blocking the hose. As the pressure from the tap builds, the portion of the hose before the blockage swells with backed-up water. If you don't step away, the pent-up pressure will eventually cause the hose to break open and start leaking. This is approximately what happens with a bowel obstruction in your body.

What Are the Causes?

A bowel obstruction can be caused in a couple of different ways:

  1. Physical obstruction—In the garden hose analogy, this is your foot on the hose. This type of obstruction is usually called a dynamic or mechanical obstruction. This can be caused by scar tissue, a tumor, or by twisting of the intestines.
  2. Adynamic obstruction—This occurs when the intestinal, or peristaltic, muscles aren't working properly. Peristalsis is the process that helps move material through the digestive tract. This type of obstruction is also called paralytic ileus, or simply an ileus. This can be caused by a severe electrolyte imbalance, an infection in the bowel, or the manipulation of the intestine during surgery.

When to See a Doctor

If you experience any worrying symptoms, do not ignore them! See a doctor immediately. If it is indeed an obstruction, it can very quickly turn into an emergency situation.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Swollen stomach
  • Cramping and abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Distention of the abdomen
  • Inability to pass gas
  • Dryness of the mouth with a decrease in urine output
  • Muscle cramps
  • Stoma patients: minimal or no stoma output

In the case of a mechanical (dynamic) blockage, the intestinal muscles still work normally—and in fact, those muscles work even harder to try to push the material past the blockage. These strong muscle contractions, or peristaltic waves, cause increasing cramps and pain as the pressure builds up. As a result, the intestine before the blockage can and will collapse on top of itself. When this happens, the peristaltic waves reverse direction as the bowel tries to empty its contents and relieve some of the pressure. This material then moves up through your system and comes out via vomiting.

Blockages in the large intestine usually occur gradually. By contrast, a blockage in the small intestine can occur quickly and without a lot of warning. However, in both cases, it is important to note that the body's natural balance of minerals, such as sodium and potassium, can quickly become upset, causing rapid dehydration.

The symptoms of an ileus are the same as the mechanical bowel obstruction; however, the abdomen and intestines will sound very quiet because the muscles aren't contracting normally.

There are many causes of bowel obstruction. If you experience any worrying symptoms, do not ignore them! If it is indeed an obstruction, it can very quickly turn into an emergency situation. If your pain becomes severe, you are suffering from vomiting, dehydration, and muscle cramps, and if the symptoms have lasted for more than eight hours, you should seek medical help immediately.

Partial vs. Complete Obstruction

A bowel obstruction can be one of two types:

  1. Partial—A partial obstruction is when a small amount of fluid, or some other intestinal contents, can work its way around the blockage. Symptoms include abdominal pain, cramping, and watery output that also has an unpleasant odor. There will also be abdominal distention. Nausea and vomiting will likely be present. Stoma patients may see swelling of the stoma.
  2. Complete—A complete obstruction is when nothing can get past the blockage. Symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Stoma patients will see swelling of the stoma.

What If I Have an Ileostomy or a Colostomy?

It is interesting to note that a bowel obstruction can occur in either the large or the small intestine, which means that people with ileostomies and/or colostomies can also experience a bowel obstruction.

If there is a partial obstruction, in which a small amount of fluid or intestinal contents can work its way around the blockage, you might see some discharge, or mucus-type output, come out of your stoma.

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In the case of a complete obstruction, there would be an absence of anything coming out of your stoma.

What You Should Do If You Suspect a Bowel Obstruction


  • Stop eating solid foods.
  • Increase fluid intake.
  • Soak in a warm bath to relax the abdominal muscles.
  • Massage your abdomen or try putting your knees up against your chest.
  • Call your doctor if the pain becomes very severe or if you have symptoms of dehydration, regardless of whether or not the symptoms have not been present for eight hours.
  • Have someone drive you to your doctor or the hospital.
  • Stoma patients: If your stoma has become swollen, you should remove your pouch and replace it with one that has a large opening for your stoma.


  • Don't eat solid food.
  • Don't take any laxatives or other medication without consulting with your doctor first.
  • If you are vomiting, or if you haven't passed anything through your bowel, don't eat or drink anything at all.
  • Don't wait too long before you seek medical intervention.
  • Stoma patients: Don't insert anything at all inside the stoma (unless otherwise instructed by a doctor or healthcare professional.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis often involves an X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound of the abdomen to determine the location and source of the obstruction.

Once the condition has been diagnosed, treatment typically includes the following:

  • Intravenous therapy in order to replace the fluids and electrolytes you have lost through vomiting.
  • Pain relief.
  • Sometimes, a nasal tube is inserted in order to relieve built-up pressure in the intestines. This tube may also be used to relieve the source of the blockage.
  • In severe cases, surgery may be required.

My Personal Experience

One afternoon I felt quite sick with abdominal cramping. I realized that my ileostomy pouch (bag) had less content in it than it had the last couple of times I'd checked. I also noticed that my stomach looked bigger than usual. I could hear and feel my stomach churning. Occasionally, the churning felt overwhelming, and I experienced some cramps that made me feel very sweaty and nauseous.

As the day progressed, the pain worsened. That night the cramps became even more severe, and I began to vomit. I also realized that by this point, nothing was coming into my pouch at all. I felt quite dreadful, and I wondered what on earth could be wrong with me.

I can honestly say, from my own personal experience with several bowel obstructions, that the sooner you identify the symptoms and seek treatment, the better. When you start to feel that first pain and the distention of your abdomen that usually accompanies it, you should act on it. Any delay in seeking medical treatment could cost you dearly.

I hope that by sharing my story, I can encourage others to see a doctor as soon as they recognize the symptoms of a possible bowel obstruction. Save yourself from experiencing any more pain than necessary!

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Lisa from Central USA on November 23, 2018:

I am on a new medication called Trulance. I have short bowel and I also have several adhesions so I get frequent blockages, and I do mean frequent like twice a week.

I used to end up in the hospital with an NG tube, 4 days. I have a G-tube as well, because I have gastroparesis, so I have a suction machine that I hook up to my G-tube which helps keep me out of the hospital, but it does not keep the blockages from coming! The trulance has been absolutely a blessing! It is like linzess, but it is less powerful because I could not take linzess

I do still get the blockages, but they don't seem to be as massive as far as vomiting goes. I also continue to take three to four 8 oz cups of hot tea mixed with a capful of miralax.

Tom Esworthy on November 21, 2018:

I have had 5 illiyis in the past ten years and was just released on the 29th day of my hospitalization. Looking for a specialist at Temple University for treatment to avoid my 6th hospitalization

ellen on June 12, 2018:

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Try using sennacot s daily. I take high dosages of hydrocodone and oxycontin daily and use 2 senna s pills daily. On the days I still have problems passing the stools I feel stuck in there I use an en on March 08, 2018:

Try using sennacot s daily. I take high dosages of hydrocodone and oxycontin daily and use 2 senna s pills daily. On the days I still have problems passing the stools I feel stuck in there I use an enema and it relieves the built up gas as well as the stools. I hope this helps you. Before using this "cocktail" I also had severe constipation which had actually put me in the hospital. Good luck!! C

carol on February 25, 2018:

have been on prescription opiates for 27 years now. this is so frustrating. i strain so hard that my muscles in my back are hurting all the time and swollen. i cannot pass any gas. i can feel pieces of stool inside but none of my muscles seem to work anymore. when using miralax it seems like stool gets too soft to move it. when using a fiber supplement it makes little wads of feces and they just sit all over inside me and dont move either. most of the time laxatives dont work anymore. the amitiza just seems to fill me with mucus but doesnt relieve the situation. i tryed relistor and that started causing problems with all my muscles. facial muscles were twitching, eyes were moving sideways, looked like i was about to have a stroke. i stopped using it and symptoms stopped right away but now cant pass gas again and muscles dont seem to work at all. nobody seems to have an answer for my problem and i cant stand this. have been drinking juices, probiotics, plenty of water too. am really frustrated......anybody out there who uses opiates daily and has found a way to be able to pass stool and gas PLEASE send me some remedies that helped you. HELP ME

Andy on February 01, 2018:

Try a good yogurt every day to get cultures of helpful bacteria in your GI tract. Also if Constipated, tryApple Cider Vinegar, Bragg puts out a good natural product with the “Mother” in it, 1 tablespoon of Honey mixed with the ACV Caution do not boil or excessively heat either the ACV or the yogurt, you will kill the friendly bacteria...Good Luck

Debra Goforth on July 04, 2017:

Hi. I too have experienced several bowel obstructions due to Crohn's Disease. I finally had a bowel resection and have been in remission for 30 years which is very unusual. I want to stress something that you mentioned in your article. If you have a condition that makes you susceptible to obstructions, do not wait before getting treatment. If you have had previous obstructions and know the symptoms, don't let an ER physician try to tell you different. He probably hasn't treated many obstructions, and you know your body better than he does.

Lauren on May 30, 2017:

I really don't think there's anything wrong with me but a few days ago, I started vomiting and had a slight fever. My bowel movement starting to decrease and all that came out was this yellow liquid and occasionally a bit of watery waste. Soon the nausea and fever stopped and I continued with my daily routine but I still could not pass out any stool, which is unusual for me because I usually pass out stool every day. My stomach would randomly rumble at times and I felt very full right after I ate. This must sound stupid because nothing much is happening to me but it still feels suspicious, considering this has never happened before. It's been about a week and there's still no stool, but I'm afraid to get it checked as it might be just be being paranoid. What should I do?

Lisa from Central USA on February 09, 2017:

I live with a partial blockage. Sometimes, I get more of a blockage and let me tell you, I feel like I'm dying. It's the utmost horrible thing in the world. The nausea is RELENTLESS and you can't explain how bad it is.

Don't mean to gross anyone out, but about 80% of the time, I vomit my own feces. I have a G-tube (a tube in my stomach) because I have gastroparesis and I hook a catheter bag to my gtube and let it go into the cath bag. Sometimes it helps and sometimes it don't. It truly is; a Bad deal

Danni on February 01, 2017:


I have been suffering from severe digestive disorder for 5 years now my GI tried to preform a colonoscopy three separate times and overtime i did alleviate with the prep and was not able to be preformed. I am only able to have bowel movement with laxative everyday. About a week ago i started to not have any bowel movement even with laxative and just a little bit of watery stool come out everyday. Sorry for the details. I feel full even after having a sip of water, my stomach is extended and i feel very very week like my body has the flu. I am also retaining about 5 lbs of water feet and legs swollen. Does anyone know what this may be?

Thank you

Lisa from Central USA on January 22, 2017:

Great article! I am suffering with another blockage as we speak. That's how I found your article under miralax and blockage. Having a blockage and vomiting up your own stool is more than a nightmare. The pain and nausea is relentless and until you've had one, you'll never know the true meaning of nausea. I have short bowel syndrome and a lot of scar tissue from several abdominal surgeries. I truly feel for you, I really do. Since I have a gtube, I can Empty the stomach contents into a cath bag and it helps me from vomiting; but the nausea is so overwhelming; truly a nightmare, that I don't want to move. I've had 3 blockages in less than 6!months

Rachel Anne on November 13, 2016:

I just got out of the hospital the other day with a bowel obstruction but I've also have cystic fibrosis. I'm really irritated because I don't feel like getting proper care I was only there for a week but I will get it to them twice after taking a gallon of Golightly and two glasses of Miralax daily. I've been battling this off and on since I was probably 8 months old. they had to load me up with magnesium and potassium in my IV plus antibiotics and I'm still on massive laxatives taking Miralax 3 scoops 3 times a day and I'm becoming to have very bad muscle pain not being able to think right I just want to know if I can get it electrolytes I'm not like I used to after the hospital I feel worse and I'm in a lot of pain I'm desperate I'm so incredibly weak and tired and in pain and no one in my family believes me. I used to come in the hospital feeling so great fantastic I can't even barely move I don't know what's wrong I can't eat without getting sick what should I do

Full of it and fed up with it.. on August 17, 2016:

I am 37 years old.. Female with 8 years of opiate medications. I've had 8 back surgeries, two spinal implants and I have a metal plate in my lower back... Theirs the history that has led to my obstruction. I went to the ER 4 days ago due to severe stomach cramps (I had two children natural) and these cramps were just as bad.. I was told I had ALOT of stool in my colon and intestine. I was kept overnight, placed on IV fluids given milk of magnesia and miralax along with stool softeners and antibiotics.. I insisted on leaving after staying one night due to I could control my pain better at home and could take the same meds they were giving me.. Now I've been home drinking milk of mag, miralsx, and taking colace for 3 days.. I have never had regular bowel movements and when I do go on those rare occasions every other week or so it is hard balls one at a time and I really have to strain to get that..... I have searched and searched the net to find out how can I tell when the obstruction is gone. At this point my stomach is very loud and I'm releasing watery stools. I'm not sure if the blockage has cleared and I'm fine or if all this is simply going around the blockage. Please help me to know if this is cleared up or do I need to continue with the laxatives.. I have not had any solid stool at all.... Thanks in advance for any answers I get. I don't know what to do... Also my abdomen is still swollen I could pass for being about 6 months pregnant.. Sorry in addition my tail bone was broken, healed incorrectly and also blocks my colon according to my doctor who states that's why it's so hard for me to pass stool to begin with... Please help... If you have answers you can email me at

pavrun on August 31, 2014:

And as I can say about it so quick as possible about you and me have a lot of fun about it and so I can try my best thing out

EddieHnH on July 26, 2014:

Hi Claudia,

Did you ever find out what was going on with your issue? thanks

EddieHnH on July 26, 2014:

Hi, I have been constipated for most of my life. For the last few months I have not been having bowel movements at all. I resorted to enemas to help me. I went to see my gastroenterologist and he prescribed amitiza. When I use it and I get the urge to go to the bathroom, which is only a minor urge, I only pass gas. I had a colonoscopy about 8 months ago and have diverticulitis. I have tried Instestinew, probiotics, fibers, magnesium, aloe vera, you name it. Even natural laxatives don do much. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated. One other thing, my lower back is always sore. Thanks

claudia on June 22, 2014:

i can't poop! mucous in stools/ strangeness. skinny dark stools do come out/ one at a time off and on.. two wks of this now. to scared yo go to hospital.. help.. Ty..

anne on June 02, 2014:

Hi don't no if any one can help but I've not had a bowl movement for 2 weeks now and in felling ill in getting bad heads and bad back in also getting rumbling sounds and movement all around my stomach and horrible pains in my bowls and struggling to eat and drink as it makes me fill sick thanks to any one that can help x

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Trying to be helpful on October 18, 2012:

Mickey 5 weeks ago

This morning I vomited with yellow and won't come out bowel movement for a week that's main my problem. Even my stomach has pain for awhile. I will see dr for gastroenterology this coming Wedensday and hope dr find what's problem. I had been vomited once awhile due plms with bowel movement & nausea too.


Good that you are going to the doctor to see about it. How did it go? If all your trests came back good. Maybe you should take MiraLAX every day. Yes, you can take this one every day for the rest of your life (if you wanted to) and it won't hurt you at all. One of the top gastro doctors in my area told me so. It doesn't even hurt you, it just does its job. Your body will not get dependant on it, so nothing to fear. Good luck to you!!

Tired Angel on October 17, 2012:

LOL Sorry about my typing, but I am ONE TIRED AND OVER WORKED LITTLE ANGEL !!

Overworked Angel on October 17, 2012:

My mother had to wear a bag since 2009. She had breast cancer. the cancer back years later and is now in her bowels now, which makes her stage 4. My mother never went to rehab to learn to deal with her own bag, which she set me up to do, after the nurses did their time after her operation. It is almost 3 years and she has made things very har for me, and now my dad changes her bag. My mother will not get a scan done, and is hurting like she is blocking up, but ignores it and takes Children's Tylenol (not afraid to take that one), and has Vioden ready for when she neeeds it. My mother's doctor talked about putting my mother into Hospice Care, but she said he talks like I am dying. I am not going to die until I am ready to die. My mother is like 75 pounds now, and still going. It amazes people how she can do this, because she is now in kidney failure too!! My mother has given everyone hell, and made things 3 times as hard, and play games to stay out of the hospital, or do anything that might keep her in more than 2 nights. My mother will not take care of herslef, but tells the hospital I can take care of myself. you have no idea what i have went through for almost 3 years.

I wish she would have taken care of herlself until she was not able to do so, or if she can't change that bag, get a nurse in. it has causes family fights too, because my sister got doctor excuses to come and help her mother, and didn't do shit, and I know she stayed home, or did what she

wanted after coming for short little visits to see her mother. When this happen back in 2009. My sister had me to track down my mother's cancer doctor and said for me to get her excuse so she can get off of work to help me. Due to my mother weak, and not wanted a nurse, nor wanting to deal with her own bag, i had to live with her for 3 to 4 months . I heard my mother talking to my sister on the phone ask her what if they see you home? My sister told my mother, I will tell them i came home to get more clothes. My mother told me what she said when she ask my sister that questiom. My mother don't care if my sister helps her. My mother wanted her sister and I do do the dirty work, while my mother said your sister is too fat to help me. While I was the onltone taking care of her. My mother said don't tell the doctor you are tired. I am not going into no rebag or have a nurse in my home. My mother also has said some awful hurting things to me like... I'll kill you too, and I wish you were the one on the operating table. I had to stop helping her because my hubby had to have a back operation, and she got mad I didn't come back to help her at the same time. I said I went from helping you to helping my hubby. She said smartly laughing, you sure have a lot to do. Please pray that my mother will agree to get what she needs to done, or at least get a nurse in her home. My mother has drove, me, doctors, and now my dad nuts, and we don't know what to do with her. This is like a bad dream that you can't awake from. My mom will even run for help from her primary care doctor to avoid telling her cancer doc how she is feeling. Reall, you have no idea what all i have went through and still going through. Sh calls me almost everyday complaing about her sister not helping her, or how she is feeling. I tell her to go to the ER, like her cancer has done too, when she got short of breath, but she won't take any advice, and does what she wants to do. Anyone here going through hell to, don't feels bad, there is alays someone going through hell too!!

Mickey on September 08, 2012:

This morning I vomited with yellow and won't come out bowel movement for a week that's main my problem. Even my stomach has pain for awhile. I will see dr for gastroenterology this coming Wedensday and hope dr find what's problem. I had been vomited once awhile due plms with bowel movement & nausea too.

Crissylite on August 21, 2012:

Thank you for writing this great article...really informative. I only wish I would have come across this before I experienced a small bowel obstruction myself a few years ago. It was a horrible experience. I would encourage people to drink plenty liquids and eat foods that are high in magnesium on a regular basis to help prevent this.

Not being able to pass stools + vomiting after intakes = go to the doctor/ER...I thank God for doctors.

bill on August 04, 2012:

Im not sure if i have a blockage,but when i go to do a poo,i am able to poo a bit,but as soon as i move,it just gets stuck,then throughout the day i get a sick feeling,and have the urge to go and poo,but only small dry flakes of poo come out. Do youp think it might be a blockage(im waiting till monday to make an appointment with my gp)

Michie on June 20, 2012:

Hi Pam:

I came across your site after Googling for a bloated stomach, nausea, vomiting, and unable to go to the bathroom (I have bad gas and pass watery mucus discharge).

I do not have any of the experiences you or your posters have and my heart and prayers go out to everyone.

I noted that its been seven weeks since your last post and I hope that you are okay! My prayers and positive thoughts go your way and I hope that you continue to win the battle your body is waging upon you. I'm so sorry you have gone through what you have yet am happy that you have a wonderful man who sticks by your side.

Please get better, take care, and may God bless you and keep you safe.

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 29, 2012:

Hi Jill,

I hate to say this but it sounds like it could be Crohns Disease as she is in the right age group. You said that they found narrowing in her small bowel and she has lost a lot of weight in a short amount of time. These are symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease.

As you said at least now they are trying to find out what is wrong. Once that is done, then they can work on fixing it and making her well again.

I was diagnosed when I was 19. I hope I'm wrong Jill but when I think back to how I was, I just have a very uneasy feeling. I am so sorry . Please let me know when you know for sure. If you want to write to me privately I would be happy to hear from you.

My email is

God bless you my dear friend. I am praying for you and you are in my thoughts as well.

Pam xxx

Jill on April 28, 2012:


Our daughter just turned 18 a few weeks ago. We live in Ohio. I found out today that they are going to scope her from top and bottom on Monday. They found a narrowing by her small bowel which the GI doctor believes is old Chron's. She has lost 8 lbs. in these two months. She is down to 88 lbs. That really bothers me. I am glad that they are finally taking a step in trying to find out what it is. I hope it's not Chron's because I have heard bad that is but I do hope they can help whatever they find.



BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 28, 2012:

Hello Mrs. Carter,

It must be terrible what your mother is going through at the moment. Ovarian Cancer is sometimes not picked up until it has a good hold on the body because the symptoms are so subtle that they are easily missed.

I cannot say why she wasn't given a colostomy, obviously the doctors treating her would have had their reasons. I can't really comment as I have no medical training, only nursing and then, please understand I could not make a judgement due to this fact.

From what I've read here, it seems she has lost her confidence in doctors and I can see why when they are contradicting each other. This is the last thing she needs to hear. You said that she is also losing brown liquidy bowel motion when she is urinating. She has to tell them about all of her symptoms, especially now.

I will tell you something but this may or may not be the same but it sounds very similar from what you say.

I had to have an operation because I had a brown discharge like faecal material, which meant it was coming from my bowel. My surgeon discovered that a had a hole through the wall of my vagina and the bowel fluid was leaking through it out into my vagina.This is why your mother thinks it is coming out when she urinates because it is all so close. They said it was a fistula which is like an opening, or hole like I said and had to be fixed as it could have made me very sick. So please tell the doctor about this problem to have it checked out. If it is the same thing she needs to have it seen to now.

Please keep me informed how things are going. I will be waiting for your reply.

Take care and my love to both of you. Pam x

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 28, 2012:

Jill I was most upset to read this about your daughter.I am so sorry that after everything she has been through,they are now thinking of doing a colonoscopy,which I would say they are going to do. This is when they put a tube a bit like a telescope just a different shape into her bottom. This is where she would be bleeding from somewhere inside her bowel. This is lower down from the stomach area.

However, upsetting this is for you, it is a positive step because at least now you will find out what has been making your dear daughter so sick for all this time.

If they do find out it is Crohns Disease, she may or may not have surgery right away, but that is something that the doctors will talk about with you Jill.

If you want some information about it, I can send you some, but please don't get to anxious about this until you know something definite. You are not alone Jill, you are in my thoughts and prayers constantly.

Please let me know as soon as possible what the result is as I want to help you to get through this. There are lots of people out there to give you support and guidance. I don't know where you live. I am in Australia.

God Bless all your family, especially your daughter.

How old is your daughter Jill?


Jill on April 27, 2012:


Our daughter got home on the 19th and ended up back in the hospital Wednesday night with her 4th bowel obstruction. They now think she has Chron's Disease. They are either going to scope her or do surgery Monday. She has bleeding from her stomach. Thanks for responding. I have felt alone through this process and very frustrated.


BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 23, 2012:

An ileus occurs from hypomotility of the gastrointestinal tract in the absence of mechanical bowel obstruction. Presumably, the muscle of the bowel wall is transiently impaired and fails to transport intestinal contents. This lack of coordinated propulsive action leads to the accumulation of gas and fluids. within the bowel and usually the best way to treat this is with a nasogastric tube.

Fom my own experience Jill, if I did not have a mechanical bowel obstruction, which means that the bowel has been clinically seen as in when an x-ray is taken, to be not able to pass anything through it, then surgery is needed to release the pressure that is building up in the bowel,otherwise you have a risk of perforation of the bowel and the contents of the bowel spilling into the abdominal cavity. When this happens, it causes you to become very sick very fast and needs looking after very fast.

However, an ileus is not a mechanical obstruction, it is a problem with the motility of the bowel. In other words the bowel slows down and gives the similar symptoms to that of a mechanical bowel obstruction.

This is something that can't be verified until x-rays confirm one way or another whether this is obstruction or it is an ileus.

Other than this, talk to your daughter's doctor again or ask for an explanation in more detail that you can understand from another source. best of luck to you and your daughter Love Pam xx

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 23, 2012:

Ileus occurs from hypomotility of the gastrointestinal tract in the absence of mechanical bowel obstruction. Presumably, the muscle of the bowel wall is transiently impaired and fails to transport intestinal contents. This lack of coordinated propulsive action leads to the accumulation of gas and fluids within the bowel.

Without radiographic evidence of a true mechiIleus occurs from hypomotility of the gastrointestinal tract in the absence of mechanical bowel obstruction. Presumably, the muscle of the bowel wall is transiently impaired and fails to transport intestinal contents. This lack of coordinated propulsive action leads to the accumulation of gas and fluids within the bowel.

Without the radiographic evidence of a true mechanical obstruction, the usual treatment is the insertion of a nasogastric tube to decompress the gas that has built up in the intestines.

This is how I have been been treated when I have had an ileus in the past. However,as I am not medically trained I feel it would not be right to give more advice regarding this situation that you daughter is in.

Please talk to the doctor who is looking after her care to try and allay your feels. I feel this would be most benefical to you and your daughter. I wish you the best of luck and please keep me informed on how she is doing. God bless you both Love Pam xx

mrs. carter on April 22, 2012:

My mom was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer 2yrs ago. She now has a partial obstruction to her small intestine. The was given the tube in her nose to relieve her vomitting. Then an operation was done where a tube was directly placed in her stomache (to drain). Do you know why she was not given a colostomy tube since she cannot move her bowels, which would directly connect to her intestines as opposed to this feeding tube not used for feeding but for drainage. Also why a stent was not recommened as opposed to the tube in her stomache.

P.S. my mother was told she would never have a bowel movement but for the pass three days everytime she urinates she has a liquidy brown bowel movement. She is hiding this from the doctors because of distrust. One doct said full/one said partial, one doc said cancer has not spread to major organs just bowel, another said it did through the fallopians tubes she doesn't even have. Lost and confused. They do not want to give her a feeding tube either.

Jill on April 17, 2012:

I have a very medically involved daughter with low muscle tone. She had reflux from birth and has a G-tube and Nissen Fundoplication. She had that done in 1997 and had emergency surgery for an Ileus in 1998. When they went in they found that her large bowel had completely collapsed and they went in and kneaded through her bowel. She has always had chronic constipation problems and they finally put her on Miralax about 7 years ago and that has worked wonderful for her. Nothing else ever worked for her. She had another emergency surgery for a bowel obstruction in 2008. Now since the second week of February she has been in the hospital 3 times for a partial bowel obstruction/Ileus. They always say surgery at first and then after running tests they say no because it is not a Mechanical Obstruction and that every time you do surgery that your risk of another obstruction goes up by 20% each time. The second time they life flighted her from our local hospital to Cleveland Clinic. In these two months she has also had other episodes but that have not required hospitalizations. It has been a roller coaster ride for two months. I hate seeing her get so sick so often. They just keep telling me that they have to decompress her stomach with the NG tube and rest her stomach and that it might happen again in two weeks or never again. There has to be another answer.

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 06, 2012:

Dear Rose,

May I extend my sincere sympathies to you in the loss of your friend.

However, I do apologise but as I am not a qualified medical professional, I could not possibility answer why you friend passed the way she did. There could be so many reasons.

May I suggest talking to her doctor or the coroner, other than than I'm afraid my hands are tied.

Please once again accept my sincerest sympathy Rose.

I'm here if you want to chat again.Please feel free if you need to talk.

Love Beautybabe (Pam)

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 06, 2012:

Dear Maria,

First of all, I am so plesased that you got some comfort from my message back to you. As I said , your daughter has been through a very horrific and scary time. The other thing I want to stress is that I had a disease in my bowel that caused me to be so sick so early in my life. This is what caused me to get a bag eventually.

I know your daughter is very worried as are you at the thought of getting a bag also, but a bag is usually a last resort when nothing else helps. I know she is not well and I you are very worried also I feel she needs to have a full medical examination to determine once and for all what is making her sick. She will probably also need help dealing with her emotional problems. I am not saying that you haven not been good enough. In fact,you have helped your daughter probably more than you even realise by just being there and supporting her.

You must realise yourself Maria,that she needs professional help now again and the sooner the better.

With regard to the romanance side of things, just let her get things sorted out medically. When the time is right, she will find someone who she can love and who will love her back whether she is sick or not.

I did after my first marriage ended because he was abusive and stuff. It took years for me to sort myself out before I could think of any other relationships. Then out of the blue 7 years later, I met Richard and we just celebrated 22 years of married life together even though he knew I was sick.Now I have this terminal disease and he still loves me enough to stay there and still be my rock to lean on when I need to.

It might be better to contact me outside Hybpages on my personal website and we can talk more privately if you wish.

Take care Maria. I will have you in my thoughts and prayers. Love Pam Beautybabe.

Rose on April 04, 2012:

I have a ? you may not be able to answer but i will ask anyway. Back in dec a dear friend got sick with sepsis from a bruise. long story short. but they removed her colon and gallbladder. was in icu for 3 weks and then was strong enough to come home. was doing great but hated the bag. on march 15 she went in for the reversal of the bag. She came out of surgery and was throwing up and in pain for 7 days. they kept saying it was NORMAL!Then they said she could hav ice chips and GUM! after the 8th day he put he on a liquid diet and she never had a (poop) or passed gas in the 9 days! on the 9th day she got reallllllllly cold nd swetty. they took her down for a cat scan and had cardic arrest and never came out of it. she pased away on saturday and i'm looking for answers anyone has or to pont me to a website to look on! thank you so much!

Maria on April 04, 2012:

Thank You for your kind words. I also shet tear drops reading your post to me. I will keep your e-mail handy, as I may need it one day. Meanwhile, I will keep my faith in God and hope for the best for her. If she doesn't find a way to accept herself and try to find friends and a life outside our home, I don't know what will happen. She is getting so depressed, although she is on medication for that. I feel she should be happy so far that she came out of this one alive again, but she doesn't see it that way. Her self-esteem is too low. Her saying is "Life is too painful and I don't want to live like this". She wants to find happiness but she just can't. I am out of ideas!! Just praying that GOD will intervene. By the way, head shaking for her started after the first obstruction surgery, they have not stopped. It is bothersome to her and no doctor can tell me "why" or do anything about it. They see it but can't explain. I have a 2nd neurologist appt. soon. Has this happened to anyone after any surgery? One doctor suspected it was the hypotension/ dehydration code arrest in the hospital but no one will say for sure. I will keep praying!!! Thank You so so much and I am sorry that you were so unlucky also have start suffering so young. I am glad you found a great husband though- I wish my daughter found someone whom she can laugh and cry with- i think that is what she needs.

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 04, 2012:

Oh Maria,

I read your first two messages to me and thought what a kind lady saying how kind I was still writing after surgery.

Then I read your third message and I felt your pain for what your daughter has been through and it hit me so intensely that I just had tears running down my face. Your daughter sounds like she is a very blessed woman to have such a loving and caring mother.

I am so torn inside by what she went through with her accident. How she was in a coma and two code arrests. I know what that is like also. The bowel obstruction may have been a result of adhesions caused by internal injuries she received. Unfortunately, as I know from my own experience, once you've had surgery for an intestinal problem, you run the risk of more adhesions, etc. It has happened so many times to me,but I have managed to get through each time.

This doesn't mean that this is the case with everyone. We are all different and handle things more differently than other people in similar situations.

Your daughter is still young and obviously much stronger than she or you realise. You said she is a massage therapist which I feel would be good for her, When you think of her positives like the Bachelors Degree she has, learning to walk and talk again and regain some of her memory. This is what you have to concentrate on Maria and when she sees you have a more positive attitude then that hopefully will make her feel a bit better.

She reminds me a bit like me in the early days when I was sick a lot with all my bowel problems. Then having to have a bag attached to me that was the end of my life of ever having fun again.I was bitter, I blamed God and

wanted to die just like your daughter.But you can get past that too. It's just a reaction you have when you wake up in ICU with a bag.

However, it was different to what I expected. I received my first operation to have a bag attached to my abdomen was when I was in my early twenties. I had help from a special therapist to show me what to do when I went home. The appliances are a lot more advanced these days.

However,your daughter may not even need to have any more surgery like this and you should try to put all you faith in God. Offer all your pain and suffering and your daughter's up to him. He will be there for you.

I am also here if you need to talk Maria and you can also contact me on my outside e mail if you need to talk more privately.

God Bless you and your daughter Beautybabe xx

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 04, 2012:

Hi Dominic,

You need to check with you general practitioner as I as not a medical professional and therefore not qualified to give any advice either way.

Good luck Dominic and take care Beautybabe

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 04, 2012:

Hi Angela,

I see from your hub that you have been to hell and back with your own problems. I was sorry to read that you have had such a bad time. I hope that things are better for your now. I remember writing to you once before. My ame to you is Beautybabe. I know it seems a long time but I wanted to say hello and see how you are going. Beautybabe x

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 04, 2012:

Please better I am having troube reading your email but I think I know what you mean. Please see your loca doctor of go to a hospital to have this checked out.

I wish I could offer more but I am only a person who has experienced problems. I am not a medical professional I'm so sorry Bette but this is all I can advise. I think seeing your doctor might help to put your mind at rest.

Please feel free to write and let me know how you get on with the doctor. Pam x

Maria on April 03, 2012:

.... After surviving the ordeal and 7 years of recuperation almost starting to drive and finishing her bachelors , able to walk , etc she developed a hernia probably from the accident where she also had an exploratory laparotomy - then 4 months after, this December she had an abdominal obstruction. They kept her in the hospital with nasal tube and dilaudid pain killers for 3 days and got so dehydrated that she had 2 code arrests where she almost died. She was in so much pain and vomitting and they just kept waiting. Finally they decided to open her up and she had sepsis and 3/4 of her small intestibe had to be cut! 2 weeks in the hospital. It was horrible to say the least at 27 years old. Then 3 weeks ago, 3 months after the last obstruction and surgery she had the sane symptoms. Pain and vomitting. This time they only waited 6 hours before they decided to open her up again and they were Abe to cut the adhesion which had a loop already in the remaining small bowel and no more was cut. She was put seprafilm which they say helps with reducing adhesions but still was told she has a 40 percent chance of this occurring again more with each surgery as they say she creates adhesions very easily. I almost lost her again for the third time and as a mother I am terrified!! Every time she feels pain I panic. She is so strong yet disappointed as she spent years recuperating from her coma traumatic brain injury problems voice walking memory loss etc and now she is back to being sick , anemia. Digestion problems etc I canno imagine going through this again I just can't see her through another surgery it's been a horrible ordeal. She says that she does not want to live if at her age she would have to live with a colostomy bag or something from another obstruction but she I read this site it seems like this is really a recurring problem for many. She still wants to find a boyfriend and enjoy her life which she has not since 19!!! She is beautiful and strong but has no sociAl life. I am so sodo scared! She also had just become a massage therapist and I wonder if that would be too forceful for her abdomen now God bless you all- I just needed to vent because I don't know how to deal with this. I want to have faith and believe this is never going to happen to her again but twice In 3 months and reading about people who have had 20 surgeries doent help!! Pray for her and for me - I surely don't think I can survive seeing her like that again. I don't know how I have not had a stroke yet She is so much stronger than me but she is losing faith and that is bad. Good luck to all and never let a hospital ignore your pains. Look what happened to my daughter I would sue the hospital but it's where her surgeons work and she needs their care. Plus money is not going to bring her health back.

Maria on April 03, 2012:

Hi! I am glad you made it out well from the neck surgery and being on life support and you are back here helping others! God bless you. That's where I can't seem to understand why so many bad things happen to good people. Reading all these posts is incredible how much suffering- my daughter , at 19 was in a terrible car accident. Someone ran a red light and she ended in a coma for 6 weeks and among being paralizes

Maria on April 03, 2012:

Hi! I hope you are doing better from your neck surgery and happy you made it out okay from being on life support!! And you are still at this site helping others, god bless you. Here is where I can't understand why so many bad things happen to good prople

bettie jane koslowI on April 02, 2012:

i appreciate all the comments but they do ioanswer my quezstion. Ithibnk I purshed to hard an passibng a stoiol.It all seems different back there and maybe something did cillapse on itself. What does that amtter?

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 01, 2012:

Hi Arti,

Please make an appointment with your family physician and have this problem. It is not considered a good pracice to insert a finger into your anus wwhich is the ouside of your bottom area leading to your rectum. Your doctor is able to see better inside your anus and he will also be able to see and feel any abnormalities.

Take care of yourself Artie. Keep in touch Beautbabe.

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 01, 2012:

My dearest LesleyA

This has totally upset me that a little boy of six years had had to go through this kind of trauma. I get very annoyed with doctors who put adults as well as children through these agnoising episodes.

All I can say Lesley my heart goes out to your little boy as well. If this was me going through watching my little boy in constant pain and I was unhappy with what the doctors were doing in regard to his treatment, I would ask for another opinion from onother surgeon.

I have been through so many times where the doctors couldn't decided to operate. so I know all about it.

This is just my advice,of course,

However, the throught of little kids suffering when they don't need to, is just ludicrous.

Please let me know how your little angel is going Lesley.

I will be thinking and praying for you both.

Take care of both of you and the little fellow.Beautybabe

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 01, 2012:

Please Dominic, I need you to discuss this problem with your medical practitioner. If he isn't sure, then he will refer you to another doctor who can help more.

Take Care Dominic Beautybab.

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 01, 2012:

I truly can empathise with you. I went through menopause after I turned 45. I have had problems ever since with reproductive sydtr,

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 01, 2012:

Hi Marshall.

I really empathise with youand all that you are going through. My advise see your family practitioner. He will be the best person to see. I strongly you start thereand then he will find the best person to help more. Best Luck Marshall........I am recivering from a very serious neck operation. I could not reply as I was om ICU for ten days and had to be on life support. I have just come home from hospital so I thought I catch up on my emails. I didn't think that I'd have so many. Take care my friend and I know this will all be sorted once you see your doctor.

Bye for now Beautybabe

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on April 01, 2012:

yes general practitioner first and if necessary he will refer you to who he thinks can help.

Sorry I am not a doctor and therefore not qualified to answer any more.Please see your regular physician. He will know what to do.

Good Luck Beautybabe

Leslie Siegel from Albuquerque, NM on March 30, 2012:

As I write this I feel the pangs of the illness of Chrons, no joke. I've had to drastically change my life since I passed 50, menopause and hysterectomy. Have to go, FOR REAL! Thanks for this. LKS

lesleyA on March 30, 2012:

When my son was born his bowel was not connected to his stomach and when he was 1 day old he had surgery to correct it. He has now had 9 operations because the join keeps getting blocked with adhesions. He is now 6 and has been in constant pain from the day he was born, I have a feeling that he is starting to get another blockage but his surgeon won't help because its not classed as urgent, I feel so sorry for him and totally helpless because nothing I do can take his pain away.

Leslie Siegel from Albuquerque, NM on March 28, 2012:

My grandmother had a bowel obstruction in 1968, and she did nothing! When she died of it, my mom told me that all her feces and urine backed up and went through every hole in her body, including her ears and nose! If she had gotten help, she would have lived longer, when she died, my mom found empty bottles and packages of Exlax and old issues of The Christian Science Magazine! So sad. Now I know it runs in my family. My mother's brother also had the same, and died in 1945 of it, and it is also from too much asprin. And then my mother got the same thing, but was saved and operated on and is still alive. I also, from taking blood pressure meds, got it too! Stay away from remedies.

shayshay80 on March 24, 2012:

Beautybabe, could you pls advise us as to what type of doctor to see regarding these blockage issues? Would it be a gastroenterologist?

arti on March 14, 2012:

hi, iam 26 yrs old lady

after delivery i was suffering from constipation,once time i insert my finger in my anus i found semi hard swalling part ,i found this time of passing stool.after one year means now i recheck that from my finger now i also find that in same condition,but now i have no contipation,and no any other problem .so iwant to know that is normal swalling part or abnormal,when i touch that in normal condition means without passing stool ,sometime that foud little or not when i touch that i feel some sensation in my abdomen.pls let me know it is normal or abnormal?

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on March 05, 2012:

It would depend on her circumstances and how far advanced her cancer was before they found it. So many things apply in something to do with anything like this.

It would be wrong for me to say one way or another to this question. I mean this in a nice way as I am not a doctor. I can only talk from my own personal experiences.

Only God knows the answer to these questions about our mortality.

I will pray very hard for her and you and the rest of your family Dominic. Please have faith and believe in miracles, because they do happen when you least expect them.

You are in my thoughts and prayers my dear friend.

Pam x keep me informed please Dominic.

I will let you in on a little secet Sr. Dominic was the Patron Saint of my School here in Australia.

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on March 05, 2012:

Eye Say,

I truly empathise with you.

It is a very unpleasant experience to go through once, let alone several times.

I do hope things have improved since.

You know what it's like you can only take so much pain before you feel like your belly is just going to explode.

I know that feeling be sure of that.

Take care of yourself.

Love Pam x

eye say from Canada on March 04, 2012:

I've been there several times now, thanks for shring this important info...

Dominic abeyta on February 25, 2012:

my mothe in law has this and she has cancer can you survive from this

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on February 07, 2012:

Hi Sadaf,

Please, please do not try to lose weight by taking laxatives. It is not safe to do so this way. I realise that at 15 you feel very self conscious at your size because of what you weigh.

There are other much safer methods to lose weight. I would advise you to speak with a health professional, which I am not.

Yes, this will help you lose weight. But the weight that you would be losing is actually water weight and this causes dehydration in the long run. They do not make people thin because by the time the food reaches the colon, where laxatives do their work, the calories have already been absorbed so the calories stay while the water, along with some minerals, goes out.

Continuous use of laxatives has always done no good in our body. It can even result to the removal of colon or worse, death.

There are other ways to lose weight which are proper diet and exercise among others that will get you the body you want without harming it in any way. Discipline is the key and not laxatives. Be wise for your health.

hi_its_sadaf on February 07, 2012:

Is it true that after you have taken laxative , you lose a lot of calories?

i am overweight im 18 stones im 15

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on February 07, 2012:

I hope this has helped you in some way. BB

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on February 07, 2012:

Sorry to hear about your problems. If it happens again you should get it checked out straight away.

Take care of yourself and good luck,watch out for further problems.


Marshall on February 06, 2012:

Hey I stumbled upon this today. What kind of doctor do I see? I started getting concerned about four years ago. I went to my family doctor, and he wrote it off as depression, b.c I was "too young" to have it happen. Asked him about some kind of x ray that I had read about on Internet, and he said he'd never heard of it.

Got a colonoscopy, they said I was fine. I think it might be more of an intestinal thing.

I agree with your barometer statement.. I just don't really know how to vocalize symptoms. Just know I don't feel right.

I just need a point in right direction.

Thanks do much

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on January 23, 2012:

If you have had a partial blockage in the past, and it has resolved for you then.

Yes, you most certainly can experience similar problems again which could lead to another blockage.

However, if this does occur, and I STRESS THIS, PLEASE SEE YOUR DOCTOR.

Having a partial blockage can lead to a more serious complication. So, if you are not sure, please have it checked out. beautybabe

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on January 23, 2012:

Hi Angel wings,

I am so sorry to hear of your bowel cancer problems. /As you said, you might not have the same problem, however, you can still have similar problems if you got obstructed. It is therefore beneficial to you to read this as a precautionary weapon to have should you ever have one. I hope you never do need to but if you have a bag, this is something that you need to know.

I would also like to commend you on encouraging others to have any change of their bowel habit checked. It may be scary but it is better to do this than to not. As you said "it is always best to put your mind at rest afterall.

I am so sorry too that you and your family have this cancer gene. Some of us get too much more than we deserve and some people go through life without anything major just the occasional cold and boutof flu.

Stay safe and well and I will be thinking about you and your family. God Bless. Pam

AngelWings on January 22, 2012:

Hi I happened to come across this link by pure chance and found it very interesting and informative.

It always helps to have someone to talk to or someplace to go to so you can share your fears with others.

I had an ileostomy in 2004, (was reversed 10 months later, was absolutely horrendous experience.)due to cancer, had colon/rectum removed..only ma small bowel was spared,I have a Jpouch which runs the risk of a leak/blockage, in fact a day after surgery I unknowingly had a leak and developed septicemia, the last 7 and a half years since have been a struggle for various reasons, I have a cancer gene which claimed the life of my dad, my oldest son and a couple of years ago my other son was diagnosed with it, the two of us are fighting this every step of the way, I may not have the same problem as to what this link is for but I just wanted to say well done on the information you have given and I would always encourage anyone with a change of bowel movement in anyway (mucus/blood) etc to go see a doctor..sorry don't mean to scare anyone but it's always best to put the mind at ease.

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on January 22, 2012:

I'm so sorry that I have't answered up until now.I hope that you have had some relief from your symptoms. Have you been to see someone about these problems that you'ved been experiencing.

Let me know how you are going as I would love to know because I care how you are. Take Care BB

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on January 22, 2012:

Passing gas Maria is a good thing.

However, just monitor yourself in the future. I am sorry I am late answering you and I hope that you have been okay since you wrote this.

I have been unwell myself and that is why I haven't been able to answer this before now.

Good Luck Maria.. Love BB

Dominic on January 21, 2012:

Can a partial blocage come back

Kristin on December 30, 2011:

I don't know if I have a bowel obstruction, but I've been having a hard time using the bathroom lately, and whenever I pass gas it's very uncomfortable. It's really starting to freak me out. I figured it was just constipation, since my stool was really hard, but it's been going on for about half a year now and hasn't gotten any better. I had been taking stool softener and fiber pills, and it helped a little, but I could still feel that some of the stool wasn't coming out. I recently took a laxative, which made my stomach cramp like it had warned me, and it did make my stool loose. I took it twice, and visited the toilet several times but the cramps were terrible, and that one bit of stool still didn't come out. The next time I went after I stopped taking the laxative was just like it had been before, hard and painful. I'm still taking fiber pills, and that it of stool still won't come out. I'm at a loss of what to do. Should I try taking the laxative for a longer period of time? The package said not to take it for more than a week. I don't know what will work for me, and it's really freaking me out that almost every time I go number 2 there's blood in the toilet. I think my mom is also at a loss of what to do, though she is the one who said it could be a blockage of some sort.

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on November 06, 2011:

To Maria and Martin,

I truly empathise with both of you with the problems that you are suffering from. However, it would be wrong of me to give you medical information when I am not in a position to. I hope you will understand this because if I was able to to believe me I would be more than willing to but this just isn't possible.

I refer to your question that you wrote concerning your state of health. I am not a doctor and I don't profess to be. However,if you have any of the symptoms that I have mentioned regarding bowel obstructions or partial obstructions, I think it would be a good idea to have this checked out.

I always say that "you are your bodies best barometer" and you more than anyone would know if something isn't

right with your body. It does worry me however, that you have these symptoms. So please, if it does not get any better or it gets worse see a doctor as soon as possible.

I hope you will take my advice ad wish you both the best of luck and hope that you situations will be resolved as soon as possible. Beautybabe.

Maria on October 19, 2011:

I was rushed to the ER 2 nights ago because of I thought was just simple stomachache. After 2 hour of having pain that i couldn't stand anymore, we went to the hospital, I had CT scan test and they said I have intestinal obstruction and needed to undergo that nasal tube procedure, but after my nose bled, I refuse to have it, it was really painful. The doctor said they need to confine me for 2 days to monitor if the blockage is moving or if I can move my bowel so that there will be no operation needed, again, i refuse because i have a 4 yr. old daughter at home. While at home, I passed gas, a lot of times, the pain is not bad, not often, too and I tried to moved my bowel even a lil' bit. I ate a little, more on liquids and I'm hoping that I will not have a problem again although once and a while, cramps are come and go.

beautybabe on July 03, 2011:

Hi RK,

I refer to your question that you wrote concerning your state of health. I am not a doctor and I don't profess to be. However,if you have any of the symptoms that I have mentioned regarding bowel obstructions or partial obstructions, I think it would be a good idea to have this checked out.

I always say that "you are your bodies best barometer" and you more than anyone would know if something isn't

right with your body. It does worry me however, that you have these symptoms. So please, if it does not get any better or it gets worse see a doctor as soon as possible.

Even if it is a false alarm,at least you will know instead of having symptoms and being worried if you are obstructed or not. I know from experience that is just as bad as being told you do. But be wise, if in doubt, check it out.

Good Luck with it.


RK on July 03, 2011:

hello, first I wanted to thank you for the information. what you have offered us seems to be amazingly helpful. the problem I suspect I have, is partial blockage. I have started to notice it today because I started having some pain. however in the past 4 days or so, I have had a bowel movement, however it was always in very small amounts and it had a reddish color. should I wait a few more days, or should I just go to the ER? I am passing gas as well and I have no problem there.

P.S I had a bowel obstruction when I was 17 which was 7 years ago, but after a week I was relieved and everything was fine.

beautybabe on June 08, 2011:

Dearest May,

My heart sincerely goes out to you and I truly empathise with you at this difficult time.

Yes, I do agree with you that four weeks is indeed a very worrying and frustrating time to be asked to wait, especially since you have had a blockage confirmed by a Cat Scan and a Colonoscopy.

If this was me,and the symptoms were becoming worse, I would not wait, I would get a second opinion AS SOON AS POSSIBLE,because the longer you wait,the sicker you could become.

I will be keeping you in my thoughts and praying for you May. I would love to hear from you with regard to any

future developments.

God Bless You

Love from Beautybabe (Pam)x

MAY ALLEN on June 08, 2011:


BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on February 24, 2011:

Hi Rachel,

I have some information here which I hope will answer your

question that you asked me.

I have had a number of anaesthetics over the years for all kinds of operations, but mainly on the bowel.

However,when you wrote this I was curious to know something.

Are you going to have an operation soon?

Here is some what I have put together for you Rachel.

If there is anything else that I can help you with please do not hesitate to let me know. Okay. I would be only too pleased to do so. Good Luck.


With the loss of consciousness caused by general anaesthesia, there is loss of protective airway reflexes (such as coughing), loss of airway patency and sometimes loss of a regular breathing pattern due to the effect of anaesthetics, opioids, or muscle relaxants. To maintain an open airway and regulate breathing within acceptable parameters, some form of "breathing tube" is inserted in the airway after the patient is unconscious. To enable mechanical ventilation, an endotracheal tube is often used (intubation), although there are alternative devices such as face masks or laryngeal mask airways.

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Rachel on February 13, 2011:

Can you get put to sleep when there going to put the tube down your throat???Im scared of this!!!!How bad is it???PLEASE tell me the truth!!!

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on May 31, 2010:

This one is extremely important, I am definitely adding this as a link. I might later put it within the hub itself, because it's so incredibly important.

Beautybabe on March 20, 2010:

Hi Jaimie,

It sounds like you husband has had a very similar surgical history to mine. Has he had chrons Disease or Ulcerative. I thought with maybe all this surgery, he may have had one of these diseases of the bowel.

I am not sure what is going on with him and I wouldn't want to try and make a diagnosis because I am not medically qualified enough.

However, I have this information for you it may be of some assistance, I don't know,he really needs to be seen by another doctor to get another opinion. This is the sort of thing that can lead to a lot more serious complications, I hope this information is of some help Jamie, please keep me i informed of how he is going. I will be thinking of him and keen to hear of his progress Jamie love Beautybabe.


"Constipation means different effects to different people. In most of the people, it just means occasional stools. And For others, though, constipation senses hard stools, complexity passing stools as well as straining, or a sense of unfinished emptying subsequent to the bowel movement. The reason of every of these “kind” of constipation perhaps is different, plus the approach to every condition should be customized to the specific form of constipation. The Constipation can also swap with diarrhea. This prototype is further commonly measured as the part of irritable bowel syndrome. On the extreme ending of the constipation range is the fecal impaction; this condition in which the stool hardens up in the rectum along with prevents the passageway of any stool. The amount of bowel activities generally decreases with the age. Ninety-five percent of adults include bowel movements among three and 21 times for every week, in addition to this would be measured normal. The majority common pattern is single bowel movement a day, except this pattern is seeing in less than the 50% of people. Furthermore, most people are unbalanced and do not comprise bowel movements each day or the similar number of the bowel movements every day.

Well medically speaking, the constipation usually is definite as smaller amount than three bowel movements for every week. Harsh constipation is defined as a smaller amount than single bowel movement per week. Whereas there is no health check cause to have a bowel movement each day. Going with no bowel movement for three or two does not cause bodily discomfort, merely mental distress intended for some people. Opposing to popular faith, there is no facts that “toxins” accumulate while bowel movements are rare or that constipation lead to cancer. It is much important to differentiate acute constipation from the chronic (long duration) constipation. The Acute constipation needs urgent assessment because a grave medical illness might be the underlying reason. Constipation also requires an immediate assessment but it is escorted by worrisome symptom such as the rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, nausea and cramps, vomiting, and involuntary mass loss. In compare, the evaluation of the chronic constipation might not require instant attention, mainly if simple events bring out relief. Constipation that resists every the above measures need physical intervention. The Manual disimpaction or the physical elimination of the impacted stool is done underneath the sedation or the general anesthetic—which avoids ache and loosens the internal sphincter. In alternative and customary medicine, the colonic irrigation, exercise, enemas, diet and herb are worn on to treat constipation."

Jamie on March 20, 2010:

Confused... Over the years my husband has had over 20 surgeries on his abdomen. He firs had symtoms of 15 days of diarehha not beging abgle to eat lost 10 pounds, which isn't a good thing for him. Went to MD and alot of blood tests done. Nothing. Went to ER. Dehydrated did CAT scan showed bowel obstructions. Transported to OSU medical center thought they would help, instead they gave him a 2 day hospital stay and put an IV in for fluids. Also ati-diarehhal meds. They stated nothing they could do to high risk go home. Schedued appt. at cleveland clinic went yesterday confirmed bowel obstructions from adheasions surgery not an option would cause more obstructions. He hasn't had a bowel movement now in 9 days and no one will help. Will this go away on it's own. Really don't know what to do next already had 2 opinions no one wants to deal with damaged goods. Note also his surgeon retired 2 yrs ago. Any advice would be of help. Thanks.

Danielsmommy2008 on March 15, 2010:

I think I might have a partial obstruction but I can't get any doctor to check it out for me...I have a feeling of fullness on my left side, cramps up when I finally do go to the bathroom, I am on lactulose just so I can go. I also feel a twitching and rumbling in that area. Nausia, unexplained weight loss...but they just keep prescribing lactulose? What kind of doctor should I go to? Thanks :)

BEAUTYBABE (author) from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA. on March 07, 2010:

Yes Faybe, a bowel obstruction is a very painful experience to go through and I have been through many of them. I have had a lot of surgery over the years and now I have a bag, that is something it takes a while to get to know how to use it and then to come to terms with using one. But, you do in time. Beautybabe

Faye Constantino from Florida on March 07, 2010:

Important info here! Glad you would share it! It must have been awful.

beautybabe on November 05, 2009:

It isn't the nicest of things to go through. That is why I thought I would write about it just in case someone is experiencing some or all of the symptoms, because you can die from it.BB

Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on November 05, 2009:

You know of what you speak, BB, and I wish you well. I'm glad that you brought this dangerous condition out in the open.

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