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FartSak
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January 2, 2020 3:36 pm  

Hey guys.  Called my WOCN this morning and haven't heard back, so you guys are the next best thing!

I'm concerned that I have a partial blockage, though all searches that I've done on the googles can't seem to find symptoms matching mine.  I feel bloated and slightly nauseous, however, my stomach doesn't seem distended or particularly hard.  I've had a TON of clear-ish liquid output with some gas, but no solid output since Monday evening.  No appetite either, but I've forced myself to eat a couple soft meals here and there.

Should I go to urgent care to get an x-ray done?  Thanks for any and all advice!


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January 2, 2020 3:49 pm  

Hi Fart sack, some of the things you can do to help a blockage are lots of fluids especially hot drinks, don’t be tempted to take laxatives. Make sure that the stoma has room with the wafer as it may have swollen. Some swear by a hot bath. And if there is no change ER visit to be sure. Bending and squats can help. If it’s not moving don’t eat.


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January 2, 2020 6:12 pm  

Hi Jason,

I'm not a doctor, but I did have symptoms similar to yours. Felt nauseous, no output except for  liquid etc.

When it started to be really uncomfortable, I did go to ER.  They did a CAT scan on me and found a hernia that had become trapped outside of my abdominal wall . I'm not saying thats what you have, I think hernias and blockages can present in a similar way. Best get it checked out by a pro. I hope your wound nurse at least gets back to you.. 

Let us know how it goes....


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January 2, 2020 6:32 pm  

Jason, I kept thinking about you and what you are experiencing.  One other thing came to mind... if you start to vomit its probably past the time you should be at ER. Just something to pay attention to. 

Its also really easy to get badly dehydrated in this situation. You don't feel like drinking and aren't sure you should. Just be aware.


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January 2, 2020 7:05 pm  

Thanks for all your input, everyone.  I just got back from urgent care where they took an x-ray of my abdomen.  Imagine my surprise when the nurse came back and said it was a viral infection?!  I feel pretty silly, but better safe than sorry I suppose.

I'm really hoping that's what it is and it should resolve in a few days.  Happy 2020!


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January 2, 2020 8:43 pm  

Thats great! I'm glad you have a diagnosis. Hope you feel better soon. Never feel silly to ask for help .. lots to learn and cope with.


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January 4, 2020 4:43 am  

Hi Jason, better safe then sorry IS the best policy. being sure of what is going on is the best insurance plan you can have with an ostomy.  You would feel sillier of...finish that sentence by yourself.  I'll bet you have a hundred endings already.  During this time, keep your meals soft, cream soups or just soups in general. Lots of fluids and rest.  A virus as you know can change things all around for your system normally but with an ostomy things are always a little different and more caution required.  I was glad to read you had gone to emerge.  I hope you feel well soon.


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