What to do with a stoma blockage

Andrew Browne

Andrew Browne

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.

I have had one blockage since I have had my stoma. 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, because you never know what can be causing it.

What happened to me when I had my blockage was nothing had gone into the bag for two days and I was vomiting alot. So I decided to go to the hospital to get myself checked out. The doctors didn’t know what was causing my blockage or my vomiting so I had to stay in hospital. At first the doctors tried to relieve the blockage with a catheter which they had some success with but it didn’t resolve the blockage completely. The doctors decided after four weeks of all sorts of tests the only way the blockage would be resolved would be to have surgery. The surgery was a success and the blockage was gone, everything was back working again. The cause of the blockage turned out to be crohn’s disease. Before the surgery I was only diagnosed with colitis.

So the bottom line of my blockage story is to go and get yourself checked out by a doctor or stoma nurse, as soon as you can if anything is wrong with your stoma.

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