I was up for most of the night pacing and drinking pickle juice and standing in the shower and using the heating pad and jumping and drinking hot chocolate (not all of these activities were performed simultaneously). I was completely obstructed and the pain was sharp enough to leave me breathless and doubled over. I came pretty close to going to the ER, but thankfully, I was able to tough it out at home, and after several hours, things started moving again. It took a few painful hours for the carrots to work their way out of my system.
|Delicious, but not so nutritious|
Things seemed to calm down, and as I stuck to a completely liquid diet, I had a few days with less pain in the narrowed area of intestine. My bloodwork came back okay (slightly high white count, but that's my norm), so I called the doctor and left a good report. Sadly... things are not going at all better as I try to add in a few gluten-free ginger cookies and stuff... partial obstruction every time. Super frustrating... and I'm getting pretty hungry. ;) The last time I had "real" food was 11 days ago when I had that chicken.
When I get a blockage, I can feel exactly where the obstruction is - and it's nearly always in this one certain spot, likely an area of narrowing from scar tissue. It's been giving me progressively more and more trouble since my obstruction in November, and my list of "safe" foods has grown shorter. I think that this obstruction made my intestines irritated and swollen, so the narrow area is even narrower than usual. I would have thought that the swelling would have gone down after a few days on liquids only... but I guess not. At this point, I really don't know what to do... I don't know how much longer I can do an all-liquids diet. I'm probably going to have to talk to the doctor again this week and see what he says. Last week, he pointed out that unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done short of surgery, and surgery in my case is a last resort -- done only if the obstruction becomes life-threatening. Surgery is also NOT a long-term fix for this issue... sure, they'd be able to free up/resect the area of blocked intestine, but each surgery causes more scar tissue to grow, which can cause more obstructions down the road.