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garden gal
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Started with pain in stomach and nausea and now vomiting. All weekend. non stop vomiting.Went to Er and they really didn't do much for me gave me some pain relievers and anti nausea meds. Cat showed a partial blockage on my small bowel, which I had already been told by onco. and that was it. nothing else. Come Monday I called my onocologist and they wanted me in asap. they gave me fluids and meds. to help with the vomiting, felt a lot better after that. I will have to stay on clear liquid diet for now and they also said sometimes it will correct itself in time. If vomiting continues I will be admitted in the hospital for observation. Kept asking how this could correct itself but still could not understand how it could happed. I do know that just maybe the next chemo might shrink the tumor and that will help. I'm so confussed with this. DR at the ER told me it can't be a blockage as I', still moving my bowels. yet the onocologist says it is. Just wanted to update everyone on what has been happening. not feeling good. will be going back today for some more fluids. helps alot was getting very dizzy and shakey. Prays for everyone and thanks for all the support. Kathy

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karen1951
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kathy....i'm praying that you get some relief ... i've been experiencing similar symptoms....when i eat too much (which isn't much at all) the solid stuff just won't go thru...only the watery part....the rest i vomit up....they told me it's a partial bowel obstruction and to eat very small amounts at a time foods that will calm the gut....white toast, noodles, pudding, ice cream. been doing that the last 10 days...it helps but still probably only 5% of what i'm eating is coming out the other end. feel so bloated it's extremely uncomfortable. you are in my thoughts and prayers....xoxoxo karen

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Mwee
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I'm so sorry to hear that you are both suffering with these bowel issues. It must rule you're entire life. (((HUGS to you both))) ... I so hope you'll be getting relief soon.
Maria

garden gal
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right now they have me on a clear liquids. this does rule your entire day right now. Hoping they can do something fast to resolve this, but I don't think so. Chemo seems to be the only answer right now. thanks ladies. Kathy

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Kaleena
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Dear Kathy:

I am sorry that you are having this problem, but if you were told you have a partial bowel obstruction, then these symptoms are a familiar part of that. However, given the duration of your problem, you may have to have that blockage repaired.

WIth a partial blockage you can still move your bowels (it may be more like diarrehea) and you can get that crampy not feeling well in your stomach or cramps where you feel just like curling up in agony. With or without vomiting. Since you already know you have a partial blockage, you should watch what you eat and as your doctor advised, drink plenty of fluids. Yes, sometimes they can correct themselves, but then sometimes they can become completely blocked.

A partial bowel obstruction can happen as a result of scarring, or twisting of the intestines caused by normal movement, and a variety of other reasons. When you get the cramps and vomiting, thats where it has become blocked and your body is removing it for you. However, always call your gyn/onc if it lasts a couple of days or if it continues frequently. You do not want a situation where it becomes completely blocked.

I had a period of episodes wherein at first I thought I had the stomach flu (cramps, pain, diareha, then vomiting) several weeks later again. This happened approximately 5 times. Sometimes I didn't vomit. Once the symptoms goes away, though, it is usually hard to detect an obstruction.

I do hope you are feeling better and it is clearing up. My best to you.

Kathy

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poopergirl14052
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To me..same type symptoms. I hope you are feeling better today. We have so many side effects and you never know which one will be next. Hang in there...better days are coming....val

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lovesanimals
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I hope you both feel better really soon. Nausea and vomiting are no fun at all. :(

The week before Memorial Day, I spent two days in the hospital after experiencing abdominal pain and queasiness for about two days straight. I was also very dehydrated from not being able to eat or drink anything, and the hospital CT scan showed a partial obstruction of my small intestine, likely caused by adhesions (scarring) from my October 2010 surgery. I was put on a liquid diet for about two days, and I stayed on a liquid/soft food diet for a few days after being released. Even now, I don't feel like my "normal" self yet although I'm not confined anymore to a liquid diet and I'm not having any pains and have had bowel movements every day, with some diarrhea too unfortunately. My doctor has ordered a PET scan for me next week, as a precaution.

Praying for you both.

Kelly

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karen1951
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dear kelly....glad to hear things are "moving" for you again....no, having the pain and nausea/vomiting is no fun. it's terrible to be afraid to eat even though you are so hungry. i'm praying for you as well...thanks for your thoughts....karen

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Tina Brown
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I totally know exactly what it is like for you both. This happened to me and started about 8 - 10 weeks ago. I now know my problem happened because my chemo stopped working (Doxil). The cancer had grown and was squashing both large and small bowel. I was constipated (eventhough I was opening my bowels slightly, I had faecal impaction) and I had pain, nausea and vomitting whenever I ate. In the end I was vomitting water which was pure yellow in colour and I was told that was gastric juices - not good. I was admitted into hospital. They carried out tests and discovered that apart from the constipation my small bowel was inflammed and the food had now where to go so every time I ate I was sick. It was awful - I felt so ill and weak. The pains eventually went as they put me on a saline drip because I was dehydrated. In the hospital I was on 4 laxatives a day and I began to pass "sludge like" poop which looked really odd. It is a slow process and now I am home 3 weeks later and bowels are completely back to normal.

Since this all started I have lost 2 stone in weight. I used to go days without eating anything because I just knew I would spend a few hours vomitting at night if I ate. I asked for dietary advice but all the nurses and doctors said was "eat a soft diet" ---- doh, what does that mean? So I worked it out for myself.

I only ate really small amounts. Breakfast was porridge, lunch I would eat white fish, rice or soft cheese. Mashed potatoes with protein. I was told to avoid fibre as that would stimulate my bowel and cause pain. I carried this diet on when I came home. The hardest thing was stopping eating before I was full. If I didn't I would get awful heartburn and would have to go to the toilet and make myself sick.

One thing which really helped with my dehydration - sucking an iced lolly as it was difficult to drink more than sips of water.

I do have a happy ending because my oncologist switched my chemo to single agent - Carboplatin. The very next day I felt tons better and I have continued to improve. I go for my numbers on Friday and my second infusion so Iwill up date you.

I really hope you can both find some relief soon. Hang in there - it worked for me and there were times when I truely thought I was at the beginning of the end.

Lots love Tina

kayandok
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I am so glad to hear your good report, Tina! Sounds like the carbo is shrinking the tumors and giving you relief!

Kathy and Karen, hang in there. I have also had my share of "partial blockages". Every time they have resolved, and I no longer have any pain, and bowels move normally. In my case, I am pretty sure they were caused by adhesions, but can't rule out tumors.

Hugs all around,
kathleen

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karen1951
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hey tina....glad things are going well for you. i had to have over 3 ltrs drained from my belly 2 1/2 weeks ago, and today i had 3 more ltrs drained...ugh! plus....i can hear the dreaded crackling sound in my left lung, so they took a chest xray to see how much fluid is in there. my resolve is slowly chipping away....i am 6 pounds lighter today, but still have stomach pain. it's terrible to be afraid to eat. but, i'm gonna "pull my big girl panties up" and push on....i have a goal to meet and that is to be here for my daughter's wedding in november. love to all...karen

garden gal
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I have been at the cancer center all week gettin fluids and meds for nausea and vomiting. As of this morining I stopped vomiting and have no pain. the nausea isn't as bad as it was. Very tired. This past weekend I had my first cisplatin all went good no reaction. Just hoping and praying that this chemo kicks in fast and shrinks the tumor on my small bowel. I have a large support group around all the time, but I must say no one knows really what your going through like my teal sisters, thanks you, don't know what I would do without you. Will keep you updated and hope I have a good weekend, need some rest real bad. Once again thanks to everyone all your stories and advice have been so useful. Kathy

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lovesanimals
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I hope and pray that you both have a better weekend. Sending you big, big hugs!

Kelly

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Mwee
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I'm so glad to hear that your pain has lessened. I've been on cisplatin for a long time and it's been very effective for me. It does knock you for a loop and I find that I need to sleep, rest and recover for at least 5 days afterwards... so here's hoping you get some well deserved rest.
((((HUGS)))) Maria

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Mwee
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I'm so sorry to hear that you're still having stomach pain. Sending (((HUGS))) your way.
Maria

garden gal
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spent friday night at the hospital again because of the vomiting, I was so ready to stay but they sent me home once the vomiting was under control. Sat. not so bad some vomiting but not as bad. Trying to get fluids in me.Very little pain not enough to take a pain pill. Finally slept last night without vomiting, how wonderful that felt.today so far good, some nausea, no vomiting but real tired and weak feeling. Tomorrow I go to the cancer center for fluids and blood work, won't be supprised if my blood work is off. Thanks for all the replys, hanging in there, next cisplatin is 6/27. hoping it kicks in. Prays to all kathy

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lulu1010
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I am so glad you are at least getting medical attention and it is helping some. Hopefully this week will be even better for you and by the next dose of chemo you will be really feeling better. You are in my prayers.

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