Re: occuring small bowel obstructions

From: Sheila Chapman (
Tue Feb 27 08:08:50 2001

Janet, thank you so much for your info on diets. I had my dr appt last night. The results from the barium enema showed most of the colon was ok. Where it empties into the small intesting is twisted so the opening in turned 180 degrees but he doesn't think that is my problem. He is making an appt for another exam, the barium you drink - and they look at the small bowel. Will have to search to find info on that process. I don't even know it's 'real' name. If my smb's are the result of adhesions, they won't want to perform surgery. I could end up with more problems then I started with. He told me I will be the best one to decide some of the treatment. By dietary changes and other behavior modification changes. He does think I proably have a one spot in the bowel that has scar tissue so stuff doesn't get through. Or a kink or twist. Should have the test in the next few weeks, I said I will only have it on a Friday so I won't miss work. thanks for the info. I will search. Sheila At Thu, 22 Feb 2001, Janet Karam wrote: >
>Hi Sheila,
>Welcome to the IAS site, I'm glad you found us. Many here are on modified
>diets to help with symptoms, and do avoid complications.
>Helen Dynda has provided us with alot of information on diet, which you'll
>be able to search in the message board archives. Scroll down to the bottom
>of the page and you will find the space to enter your search. What worked
>for me in the beginning ws a low residue diet, now I am almost completely on
>I am opting for surgery, scheduled March 15 in PA, because I am 33 and
>mostly as I know and love has ceased to be, and I
>desperately want it back.
>I understand you're wanting to avoid surgery though, and I hope you can.
>What worked best for me to manage my symptoms and pain in the beginning, was
>oriental medicine...which is acupuncture combined with a chinese herbal
>remedy tailored especially for you. If you haven't tried this you might give
>it a shot.
>I have been afraid of full bowel obstructions, and am at risk due to the
>affect of adhesions on my bowel. I have not been able to eat fresh fruit or
>vegetables for over 2 years, as I burp them up....same with solid food now.
>For a while I was able to eat steamed broccoli and carrots(steamed to
>complete mushiness), and white fish every now and then(like orange
>roughy-which is very light).
>I lean towards costipation though, and it sounds like you have the opposite
>Do look in the archives, there is tons of excellent information there.

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