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Old 04-23-2011, 05:25 PM   #1
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Please help; I think my bowel's obstructed.

Hi everyone. I'm a 16 year old girl. Let me just fill you in on my other problems in case there is a correlation between any of them and my bowel problem. I am extremely skinny but not out of choice. I eat the amount of food a regular person eats, I just never seem to gain weight. I have 42 degree scoliosis, and lastly osteoporosis, the doctors say because I weigh such a low amount. Okay, now back to the issue at hand. For the past couple of years I've been suffering from constipation. I would go to the bathroom once every week or longer with the aid of a laxative. Thankfully, this year something changed and I began going regularly about once a week without the use of a laxative. That was normal for me, and I was fine with that. But four days ago, I was awakened by absolutely terrible shooting pains in my upper upper stomach. It's not even really the stomach. I *think* it's called the large intestine. These were stabbing pains, right through the middle of that very upper part of my stomach. (A few inches below my ribs I guess.) They would pass for a few minutes and then return. They're excrutiating. I then realized that I haven't had a bowel movement for about 4 weeks. Perhaps a little more, or a little less. I've been so busy with life that I forgot about that issue. And now I really wish I hadn't. I had a very small amount of diarrhea the same night the pains woke me up. After a few hours they eventually somewhat subsided. The following day the pains returned but not nearly as strong, and then went away for the rest of the day. I kept my meals very small. The next day after that, the pains would return spontaneously throughout the day. I had once again a very little amount of diarrhea, and the feeling that I really have to go to the bathroom but I just can't. The next two days I'd again have that very small amount of diarrhea. It's nighttime and I'm feeling as though I still have this football stuck inside me. I'm incredibly afraid. My family thinks I'm crazy for being so worried, but I just don't feel right. If I don't actually go to the bathroom by tomorrow I'm going to get X-rays done probably Tuesday. Do you guys have any theories as to what this may be? I'm almost positive it has something to do with my bowels, but my family do has a history of diseased gallbladders.. Thanks so much in advance.

*Also, I am going for bloodtests Monday. If I do have something wrong with my bowels, will it show up in regular bloodwork?
*And also, I forgot to put the first day I had the horrific pains (they've never been quite as severe as then) I acquired a fever midday too, because the pain was just that bad.

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Re: Please help; I think my bowel's obstructed.

Sorry but going that length of time without a BM is not normal. One should go everyday or at least every other day. Only thing I can suggest is for you to make an appt. with a GI Dr. to have some tests done.

A GI Dr. would propably do an upper and lower GI series and maybe a colonoscopy plus some blood work. You need to get to the reason for such long intervals between your bowel movements.

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Hi everyone. I'm a 16 year old girl. Let me just fill you in on my other problems in case there is a correlation between any of them and my bowel problem. I am extremely skinny but not out of choice. I eat the amount of food a regular person eats, I just never seem to gain weight. I have 42 degree scoliosis, and lastly osteoporosis, the doctors say because I weigh such a low amount. Okay, now back to the issue at hand. For the past couple of years I've been suffering from constipation. I would go to the bathroom once every week or longer with the aid of a laxative. Thankfully, this year something changed and I began going regularly about once a week without the use of a laxative. That was normal for me, and I was fine with that. But four days ago, I was awakened by absolutely terrible shooting pains in my upper upper stomach. It's not even really the stomach. I *think* it's called the large intestine. These were stabbing pains, right through the middle of that very upper part of my stomach. (A few inches below my ribs I guess.) They would pass for a few minutes and then return. They're excrutiating. I then realized that I haven't had a bowel movement for about 4 weeks. Perhaps a little more, or a little less. I've been so busy with life that I forgot about that issue. And now I really wish I hadn't. I had a very small amount of diarrhea the same night the pains woke me up. After a few hours they eventually somewhat subsided. The following day the pains returned but not nearly as strong, and then went away for the rest of the day. I kept my meals very small. The next day after that, the pains would return spontaneously throughout the day. I had once again a very little amount of diarrhea, and the feeling that I really have to go to the bathroom but I just can't. The next two days I'd again have that very small amount of diarrhea. It's nighttime and I'm feeling as though I still have this football stuck inside me. I'm incredibly afraid. My family thinks I'm crazy for being so worried, but I just don't feel right. If I don't actually go to the bathroom by tomorrow I'm going to get X-rays done probably Tuesday. Do you guys have any theories as to what this may be? I'm almost positive it has something to do with my bowels, but my family do has a history of diseased gallbladders.. Thanks so much in advance.

*Also, I am going for bloodtests Monday. If I do have something wrong with my bowels, will it show up in regular bloodwork?
*And also, I forgot to put the first day I had the horrific pains (they've never been quite as severe as then) I acquired a fever midday too, because the pain was just that bad.
You need to go to the emergency room now ! Four weeks without a bowel movement and you're having pain and a fever is a sign some thing is very wrong. Yes,you could very well have an obstruction and at the very least a bowel impaction. Both are very serious. The impaction could turn into a bowel obstruction which can be life threatening if not dealt with very soon as your bowel could perforate and cause peritonitis . Are you vomiting ? If so, and if it is brown in color and smells like a bowel movement then that means your bowels are so backed up in you that there is no where to go so it's coming up as vomit. The doctors and nurses will probably have to give you an oil based enema and suppository to try to soften the stool up to see if you can pass the stool on your own and take an x-ray to see how much stool is in your intestine and whether or not you have an obstruction. If you are unable to pass the stool on your own they may use citrate of magnesium and or the go lightly they use for colonoscopy preparation. They may have to put their finger or hand up your rectum and dig the stool out of you. Either way it will be very painful as absolute last resort would be surgery to remove the obstruction from your intestine. Please don't delay in going to the emergency room ! Once you're cleaned out don't ever go more than three days without a bowel movement. You need to make time in your morning routine to take time each day to have a bowel movement to keep your stool soft enough to pass without having to strain or using harsh stimulant laxatives. Try using only a glycerine suppository . Better yet drink water 64 oz, a day and increase your dietary fiber to 25 grams a day. Eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables,whole grains in bread and cereals. Get exercise for at least 30 minutes a day as this helps the stool to move faster down the colon so it doesn't get dried,hard,and too large to pass without it being painful and causing you to strain. When you put too much strain and have to force your bowel movements out then it causes anal fissure,hemorrhoids,rectal prolapses, and hernias which it even more painful to have bowel movements. You're way too young to end up with life long chronic constipation and all the complications that it can cause. There is an old saying that goes like this: "A ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure." I am almost fifty years old and have had constipation problems since early childlhood until in the early part of March when I decided I needed to change my eating habits,drinking enough water instead of soda, and my bowel habits. I now sit on the toilet for 30 minutes each morning at the same time to have a bowel movement. I only use slow deep breathing exercises alternating with pelvic floor muscle exercises to have a bowel movement with no straining and no laxatives. My bowels are so used this routine and time that I usually have a bowel movement within a 2-5 minutes after sitting on the toilet. I no longer have any problems with constipation and all the pain and straining to have a bowel movement. I usually have one in the evening as well. I hope this helps you !

 
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You need to go to the emergency room now ! Four weeks without a bowel movement and you're having pain and a fever is a sign some thing is very wrong. Yes,you could very well have an obstruction and at the very least a bowel impaction. Both are very serious. The impaction could turn into a bowel obstruction which can be life threatening if not dealt with very soon as your bowel could perforate and cause peritonitis . Are you vomiting ? If so, and if it is brown in color and smells like a bowel movement then that means your bowels are so backed up in you that there is no where to go so it's coming up as vomit. The doctors and nurses will probably have to give you an oil based enema and suppository to try to soften the stool up to see if you can pass the stool on your own and take an x-ray to see how much stool is in your intestine and whether or not you have an obstruction. If you are unable to pass the stool on your own they may use citrate of magnesium and or the go lightly they use for colonoscopy preparation. They may have to put their finger or hand up your rectum and dig the stool out of you. Either way it will be very painful as absolute last resort would be surgery to remove the obstruction from your intestine. Please don't delay in going to the emergency room ! Once you're cleaned out don't ever go more than three days without a bowel movement. You need to make time in your morning routine to take time each day to have a bowel movement to keep your stool soft enough to pass without having to strain or using harsh stimulant laxatives. Try using only a glycerine suppository . Better yet drink water 64 oz, a day and increase your dietary fiber to 25 grams a day. Eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables,whole grains in bread and cereals. Get exercise for at least 30 minutes a day as this helps the stool to move faster down the colon so it doesn't get dried,hard,and too large to pass without it being painful and causing you to strain. When you put too much strain and have to force your bowel movements out then it causes anal fissure,hemorrhoids,rectal prolapses, and hernias which it even more painful to have bowel movements. You're way too young to end up with life long chronic constipation and all the complications that it can cause. There is an old saying that goes like this: "A ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure." I am almost fifty years old and have had constipation problems since early childlhood until in the early part of March when I decided I needed to change my eating habits,drinking enough water instead of soda, and my bowel habits. I now sit on the toilet for 30 minutes each morning at the same time to have a bowel movement. I only use slow deep breathing exercises alternating with pelvic floor muscle exercises to have a bowel movement with no straining and no laxatives. My bowels are so used this routine and time that I usually have a bowel movement within a 2-5 minutes after sitting on the toilet. I no longer have any problems with constipation and all the pain and straining to have a bowel movement. I usually have one in the evening as well. I hope this helps you !


I have not vomited yet. I know this is completely irrelevant but I haven't vomited since 2006. I have been having some nausea but I constantly try to fight it off because of how much I hate vomiting. This morning I took milk of magnesia, and a short while ago I was able to go a very little bit, (and I'm sorry for being graphic) and it wasn't diarrhea. Does being able to go at all make me not as sick as I previously thought I was? Should I take more milk of magnesia at the designated time and see if I can actually have a bowel movement that relieves some of my pain first before seeing a doctor? I'm torn. I really don't want to put myself in danger by not going.. I just don't know if I should give myself 12 or so hours to see if I can do this on my own.

 
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Re: Please help; I think my bowel's obstructed.

Don't get dependant on laxatives. Your body should beable to go on it's own. Even though yur not vomitting that doesn't mean your lack of BMs is normal. I still say you need to be seen by a GI dr. to find out why you go so little.

Maybe you need much more fiber in your diet.

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Re: Please help; I think my bowel's obstructed.

The fact that you can't put weight on and only have bowel movements once a week under the best of circumstances indicates to me that something systematic is going on.

I really do think this should be explored by your doctor, or perhaps by a specialist. I think your bowel issues are symptoms of a larger, systematic problem.

Best of luck.

 
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I have not vomited yet. I know this is completely irrelevant but I haven't vomited since 2006. I have been having some nausea but I constantly try to fight it off because of how much I hate vomiting. This morning I took milk of magnesia, and a short while ago I was able to go a very little bit, (and I'm sorry for being graphic) and it wasn't diarrhea. Does being able to go at all make me not as sick as I previously thought I was? Should I take more milk of magnesia at the designated time and see if I can actually have a bowel movement that relieves some of my pain first before seeing a doctor? I'm torn. I really don't want to put myself in danger by not going.. I just don't know if I should give myself 12 or so hours to see if I can do this on my own.
The little bit you went after taking the milk of magnesia doesn't mean that you're out of the woods yet. Most people who take milk of magnesia have a very large bowel movement within 12-16 hours and then are running to the bathroom for quite sometime afterwards. You may want to try a glycerine suppository and and oil based enema to soften and help make passing the large stool little easier but not all means pain free. If you don't have a large bowel movement within a hour or two then you need to go the emergency room and tell them everything honestly what you have done to try to have a bowel movement and it hasn't worked. Are your parents aware of how long it has been since you actually had a bowel movement ? Are you even telling them and being honest about this because it's serious ? The fact you're only having a little diarrhea indicates most likely that it's going around the large,hard and dried stool in your rectum and that is also possibly further up in the colon. To be quite honest with you it's going to be a very painful process to try to pass all the stool that has backed up for the last four weeks but do not take any kind of pain medication because that can cause more problems. Pain medications make the peristalsis(colon contractions)come to almost a dead stop and you need to make things move again in the colon to help push all the stool down the colon and give you a strong urge to go have a bowel movement. If you go the emergency room they may or may not give you any pain medications to help with pain from trying to pass such a large,hard and dry stool but they know what to give you and how much. Please get yourself some medical help very soon.

 
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Hey guys. To put it simply, I'm still constipated. I suprisingly enough have had barely any stomach pain today so far. I did have to have a blood test taken, so that made me feel a bit sick, but otherwise, it's the same situation today. I will go see a doctor and if they reccomend it get X-rays, if I don't go within the next two days. Meanwhile I took a full dose of milk of magnesium, and that is a lot for me considering just how underweight I am. I'm upping my water intake as well. I'm living in constant fear though, every minute I'm fearing the absolute worst to happen - I die. But I'm trying to stay positive. I'll try to keep you all posted. Oh, and my parents are aware of how long I haven't had a bowel movement for. They are offering to take me to the doctors whenever I say I need to. I'm just trying to do all that I can first, though.

 
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Hey guys. To put it simply, I'm still constipated. I suprisingly enough have had barely any stomach pain today so far. I did have to have a blood test taken, so that made me feel a bit sick, but otherwise, it's the same situation today. I will go see a doctor and if they reccomend it get X-rays, if I don't go within the next two days. Meanwhile I took a full dose of milk of magnesium, and that is a lot for me considering just how underweight I am. I'm upping my water intake as well. I'm living in constant fear though, every minute I'm fearing the absolute worst to happen - I die. But I'm trying to stay positive. I'll try to keep you all posted. Oh, and my parents are aware of how long I haven't had a bowel movement for. They are offering to take me to the doctors whenever I say I need to. I'm just trying to do all that I can first, though.
Didn't you try the suppository and enema as I suggested ? Why are still procrastinating on going to the emergency room ? The longer you don't have a bowel movement the more danger you're putting yourself in having a bowel obstruction and perforation of the bowel that can kill you. Being afraid of the worst case scenario and not doing anything about isn't going to make the problem go away on it's own,it will only get worse ! Did you read my last post on 4-24-2011 ?

 
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It sounds like you may have a bowel obsruction....the small amounts of direhea is what gets around this obstruction-you definately need to see your doctor especailly if you are running a temp...this could be very serious! Keep us posted!

 
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