Crohns Disease/Small bowel obstruction

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Question
I have an ostomy (12yrs). In the last year I have had ten small bowel obstructions. Is there a relation to SBO and an ostomy? Any suggestion on how to prevent SBO's?

Thank you
Tom

Answer
Hi Tom,

I believe there is definitely a relation to SBO and an ostomy.  First off, adhesions from your surgery could be the main problem.  Between that and possibly certain foods, you have a high risk of blockages.  Do you notice that they happen after eating something specific?  Or possibly any sort of vegetable? I would say your best bet would to be very careful about what you eat, and talk to your doctor about triggers.  Some common food triggers are carrots, mushrooms, corn, seeds, raw veggies, stuff that doesn't digest quickly.

I'm sorry I can't really tell you any more specifically than that on how to prevent them.  You say you only had them in the last year, have you started any new medications, vitamins, supplements, workout routines, cooking technique etc?

hope this helps
Jaime

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Jaime Coyle

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I can answer any questions regarding what it's like to live with Crohn's, Ulcerative Colitis an ostomy bag, or a j-pouch. Symptoms, medication options, what to expect after some surgeries, and what to expect overall if you are diagnosed. I can give advice on how to explain the disease to friends and family, as well as answer questions for any family members who feel helpless. I am familiar with many support groups and websites dedicated to the diseases which I can refer people to. I also know many products available to help with some of the more uncomfortable issues that come with having these diseases.

Experience

I am not a doctor. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 14. I had a very quick and serious bout with it in which I was hospitalized on and off for more than a year. I tried many different medications and finally had to resort to surgery. After my large intestine was removed I lived with an ostomy bag for a year as a teenager. My second surgery was to create a j-pouch and reconnect everything to my rectum. For the last 13 years I have been relatively healthy however have been diagnose with most likely having Crohn's. During these years I have joined numerous support groups and have been in touch with tons of people who are going through it. I keep up research on the newest medications and talk to people who take them about the side-effects. Also when I was sick I tried almost every medication available and can personally talk about the side-effects. I was a camp counselor for the United Ostomy Association's Youth Rally where I taught kids how to live with their diseases. It is something that I feel very strongly about and having gone through it I know that it feels like you are alone.

Organizations
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, United Ostomy Association, Youth Rally Committee, J-pouch.org

Education/Credentials
bachelor degree in management from Emerson College

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