Re: Need advice today

From: toni welsh (
Fri Jun 16 13:57:32 2000

At Fri, 16 Jun 2000, Poutinen, Jay wrote: >
>Since you're so afraid of the barium enema, have you asked your doctor about
>doing a colonoscopy instead? Sounds like the large amount of laxatives is
>causing additional cramping. Have you tried a Fleet enema? Problems in
>your lower GI tract causes problems in the upper GI tract also.
>-----Original Message-----
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>Sent: Friday, June 16, 2000 9:51 AM
>To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS
>Subject: Need advice today
>I am getting really concerned, so I reschedule the barium enema for next
>Friday, I have to get the courage to get this test behind me.
>But the last three days I have taken akot of laxatives, and none of them
>are moving the bowels, I had 3 tablespoons the fist night of milk of
>magnesia, and it did nothing, so the second night I took 4 senekot, and
>two colace trying to not take so many senekot, it cramps me up so bad.
>Still no BM.
>I told me husband I have to get them to move so last night I took 5
>senekot and 2 colace. I thought it was going to work earlier, but the
>pain was so hard it doubled me over, and it kept getting harder on my
>left side, I told my husband last night if this don,t work I will drive
>myself to ER. It feels like it is there, but I cannot get it out, and
>senekot always gave me a comfortable movement, usually did not hurt.
>What would you do? I am not sick, and no fever, but could it be a sign
>of partial blockage. The pain is worse too, I worry I had another
>family member die from obstruction last august, and he was told he had a
>blockage in the bowel, and he needed to see a general surgeon, and he
>put it off. one day he took his pill and that total;y obstructed his
>bowel. Gangrene set in and pertinitis, and 2 operations, he died the
>next day. This happened to my mother, they said her bowel died and
>operated 3 days in a row, gangrene set in and she did not make it. These
>drs of mine need to understabd why I am touvhy with this situation.

Thanks for your post, I had to take the enema, and it did help. My drs. are not the kind of drs, and I find it hard to believe, that do not think laxatives are going to hurt me. They said it will damage the nerves in the bowel making you dependant on them, and to tell you thetruth, I am only 45 and do not want to have to do this the rest of my life, I am too young. Grandother had trouble like that, but sh was in her 80's. God love her.

I did call the GI dr and he is going to send something called Mira=lax. He said it is safer to take everyday.

My drs do not worry about obstruction, but I always will, after it all bowel obstructions killed two my family members. And my sister and son both have crohn's disease, so bowel is a nasty word in our family.

But the trouble with me is th scar tissue, the dr was shocked when he went in again after four months, they were already very dense, and extensive, and all over the large and small bowel. It had pulled transversr colon on to the small bowel, and they were both stuck to the pelvic floor. The dr said the barium enema would show if there is a blockage, or any narrowing of the bowel. I have to get it done!


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