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I had been feeling more unwell than usual for 10 days or so and put it down to having had a challenging month and so many flu bugs being around. But it turned out it wasn't flu. I was taken into hospital on Tuesday after some horrible symptoms I won't detial, and was found to have bowel obstruction through severe constipation. Sorry for yuck information .....
I had to have an enema and fluids and several medicines through IV. I was told it was cleared and was sent home, but after a few hours at home similar symptoms were back and I called 111, and was told I had to go straight back to hospital as they thought the obstruction had returned and I shouldn't have gone home. Thankfully it hadn't but I had to have more IVs and X-rays and anti sickness medicaitons. I'm now back home thankfully, with Movicol and Bisacodyl to use regularly, and suppositories if they are needed.
I've been advised to avoid wheat. I don't have celiacs but people with fibromyalgia and POTS like me can have other problems with wheat, contributing to bowel problems. I've also had to stop some of my medications as they can worsen constipation and have to discuss this with the GP to find alternatives. Fortunately I have an appointment at the pain clinic due in March so will be able to get more advice there about my pain medications.
Since I've been home, my bladder and bowel are very much unsettled and I'm hoping this is temporary not going to mean my incontinence is going to be a lot worse going forward. In the first day or so, I wasn't feeling the need to pee or feeling myself peeing, but I'd suddenly feel damp and so realise I'd wet myself, not a full bladder but enough that my pad was wet.. I'd go to the toilet with only a slight urge and pee a lot. Thankfully that has now got better and I'm feeling the urge to pee again but I'm leaking after a few seconds and not always getting to the toilet before my bladder completely empties even though I'm at home.
Worse, I can't always feel when my bowel is going to empty. I go to the toilet thinking I'm just going to pee and my bowel empties as well with no warning. I have had a couple of bowel accidents, one was just a little bit but one was everything. I had a slight urge to go but knew I should go straight away. I stood up and just started pooping my pants. I didn't even feel the usual strong urge to go, I just started to poop. I managed to stop it and had to grab clean pads and clean up things to take to the bathroom as I knew my pad hadn't caught everything but I couldn't hold it and I'd completely gone in my pants before I got back to the bathroom. I came very near another accident later on.
I don't know if this is temporary as things have been so unsettled, if it's after effects of the enema, if it's because the laxative dose is too high... I'll be talking to the GP about it this week, hope I can get an appointment but on the phone if not. I'm so relieved and thankful the horrible symptoms earlier in the week are over and the impaction was caught in time but I'm upset about how much I'm losing control at the moment.
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