Collylo

2 trips to ER in two weeks

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I have all the symptoms of a bowel blockage like severe cramping coming in waves, dry heaves, profusely sweating and constipated. They have not been able to find out the cause of it with CT contrast scans and x-rays, except the second ER visit they said I have some thickening in my small intestine, but no hernias or blockage. I see Gastroenterologist next week. 

I am 4 years out with no other complications. It came out of the blue.

Anyone else experience this?

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Yikes. I am very sorry. I have not had these problems.

Remember that a bowel blockage can have many different sources - and these sources may or may not be related to your earlier weight loss surgery - such as a twisting in the intestine, a hernia induced blockage, an inflamed ulcer of the stomach or intestine, something going wrong with your weight loss surgery, something that you ate blocking the intestine, or (and I don't mean to scare you) a blockage caused by intestinal or stomach cancer.  Be sure that your doctors look into all possible options. They may not be able to tell what is causing your problem without opening you up under general anesthesia. 

This could be very serious and time sensitive, so you really should see a specialist asap.

If you are not already doing so, avoid taking any non prescription medicines that could inflame your GI track such as Advil, etc.  You probably also should avoid alcohol until the doctors figure out what is wrong.  Of course, you should avoid smoking as the smoke will irritate your GI track.

In any case, we are here to support you. Hang in there. 

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Found out the problem. My new blood pressure medicine was causing my intestines to swell. It is a rare side effect, but leave it up to me to get it. lol. So glad to know it is not surgery related.

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That's good news Colleen - good that it's not surgery related.

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I'm glad you're ok. How scary.

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That is wonderful news!  

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So glad they figured it out!

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Wow. Glad you got it figured out. Thanks for the update.

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