Dealing with a blockage

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From A Bigger Life

How to know if you have a blockage:

  • Your stoma will stop working or you will only produce very loose liquid output.
  • You might get cramps in your stomach or you may be sick.

What to do if you think you have a blockage:

  • Lie down, relax, stop eating but continue to drink.
  • If it is a food obstruction it could pass within a number of hours.
  • If after 8 – 12 hours you haven’t had any normal bowel motion and continuing to experience abdominal pain or sickness you should visit A&E.

Bloggers Experience

What I would recommend to anyone who gets a blockage or anyone who thinks they have a blockage is to get it checked out by your doctor or stoma nurse straight away… More 
Unfortunately every time I have had a blockage, I have been hospitalised for pain management and IV fluids. I’m not going to lie, blockages are incredibly painful. My blockages have always been due to adhesions (scar tissue)… More 
A few other tricks I’ve come across include taking a hot bath or shower, keeping mobile, and if your stoma swells, trying to widen the opening around your ostomy bag if you can to give it some extra room… More 

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