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Bowel Obstructions and NG tubes

Bowel obstructions are something that many with IBD have to deal with, whether it be on an occasional basis or something more frequent if issues other than food consumption are at play.  For potential obstructions, there are a few signs to look out for: severe abdominal pain (not sure if everyone’s is the same, but the only way to describe mine is that it starts out like someone is kicking me in the stomach and usually culminates with me feeling like I’m being ripped in half at the midsection; this usually is paired with some Linda Blair-like head spinning once I’m at the point of going to the ER until the happy juice is administered), nausea, vomiting and a lack of bowel function (for full obstructions, you will be unable to defecate or pass gas, though you may be able to have some very liquid stool with a partial obstruction).  What I will detail below is simply my own personal plan of attack when the initial signs of an obstruction hit; I want to be …