Sunday, March 21, 2010

Signs & Symptoms To Watch For After Bowel Surgery

I might have caught my obstruction sooner if my doctor had told me what to watch for after she discharged me following my small bowel(intestine) resection. Then I would not have thought it was the flu. Here's a list for anyone interested:

  • Vomiting (possibly with nausea) - make note if there is blood in the vomit, this usually looks like dark coffee grinds.
  • Fever.
  • Change in pain - cramping pain or sharp pains that are new.
  • Constipation or new diarrhea. If you are not passing any stool or gas call your doctor asap.
  • Blood in your stools (looks almost black).
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness.
  • Infection around the incision site: redness, pus, odour.
This is not an exhaustive list- there may be more things but these are the ones I know about. Hope this is helpful.

1 comment:

  1. These are really good tips. I have also heard that if you feel a ripple through your lower stomach when going to the bathroom, almost like waves when a rock is thrown into a lake, that it could be a blockage starting to form, because things are getting caught and your bowels are trying to spasm them out. This is what I always start to look for when I notice things are getting backed up a bit.

    Having a blockage or obstruction is one of my worst fears with Crohn's Disease and is something everyone should know about, yet I find so many don't even realize it can happen. It is one of the more deadly complications, however.