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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2013, 12:14:22 AM »
Thanks for that info wegngis. Hopefully this is nothing. Just really scared.
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2013, 12:53:38 AM »
I'm sure he's going to be fine. What's his diet like? Try adding lots of cruciferous vegetables and fiber and lots of water if you havent already. Kale is great too, maybe look into making some green smoothies. Leafy greens go a long way in the poop department lol
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #17 on: March 06, 2013, 09:16:50 AM »
Thinking logically, I would be more concerned if he were not constipated, and still backed up. If one has "normal", loose, or watery stool, and is still backed up, then I'd think we had a true blockage. However, if he's constipated, than that in itself would seem to be the reason for the lack of bowel movement.

Regarding my father's symptoms, as I mentioned above, he was not constipated.  The blockage caused him to throw up everything he ate, within about 2 hours after a meal. He lost tons of weight and looked like a very sick old man.  And these symptoms didn't occur until stage four, by the way. According to his doctor, it took a very long time to develop, were talking years, as in a decade and most likely more.

My guess is that you'll just be looking at changing his diet and exercise routine.  Keep us posted.
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2013, 09:53:40 AM »
MrMoleHill that's the thing the Miralax is moving some stuff, and he is having loose stools because if that, but he said he still feels somewhat backed up. That is what worries me coupled with the pain I am just so scared.
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #19 on: March 06, 2013, 10:01:11 AM »
I'm sorry you are going through this. I know how scary it can be to worry about our husband/family. Okay, first, let's think rationally...who said "CC is on the table?" Was this a PCP? Was this a specialist? If he hasn't been to see a GI and heard those words, I wouldn't take them too literally. My PCP literally throws just about every scenario out as a possibility, because she is not a specialist in most things.

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Regarding my father's symptoms, as I mentioned above, he was not constipated.  The blockage caused him to throw up everything he ate, within about 2 hours after a meal. He lost tons of weight and looked like a very sick old man.  And these symptoms didn't occur until stage four, by the way. According to his doctor, it took a very long time to develop, were talking years, as in a decade and most likely more.

I agree with this 1000%. My father died of CC. He had no constipation but eventually went to the doctor when he could no longer digest food, he would throw up just like mentioned above. That is because a tumor was blocking his intestines and not allowing food to pass. He was very late stage and the doctor said his tumor had probably been growing for at least 7 years.

A tumor doesn't grow overnight. The average time for a noncancerous polyp to turn into cancer is 10 years. A tumor would not be large enough to block your husband's bowels within a few weeks. He would have experienced ribbon thin stools for quite some time before being completely blocked. And if there was an obstruction, such as a tumor in his bowel, he would be passing really watery stools, that were just fitting around the tumor. And not watery as in taking laxatives watery. This would have been going on for some time.

I really think that your husband is going to be fine. If, and it is a HUGE if, it did turn out to be something like CC, there is a cure rate of about 95%. Your husband is young. He is going to be okay. I would imagine he is just backed up due to his diet, etc. My husband gets like that a lot and has to take a lot of over the counter stuff to keep him semi-regular. He has been backed up beyond belief before too.

Deep breaths. I bet they will get your husband in quickly, but I also bet everything will be fine!
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #20 on: March 06, 2013, 10:28:59 AM »
Thank you all. Seriously. I am crying tears of thankfulness that you are all here. I appreciate the support more than you will ever know.

And yes, his primary doc said that cc could be on the table. His doctor is a straight shooter. He said it was probably something else, but cc could be a possibility. I just hope and pray he is just blocked up and the pain is from that and nothing more.

Luckily they got him in for today (later this afternoon) at the GI. At first they couldn't, but the receptionist said I sounded worried so she found a cancellation for today. I am so thankful for that.

I will keep everyone updated.
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #21 on: March 06, 2013, 10:31:16 AM »
...and just for the record, my dad is still living about four years later now, and all clear.  The only problem is that he went back to his old eating habits.  :angry-smiley-034:
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #22 on: March 06, 2013, 01:13:46 PM »
Thanks MeMoleHill! Just praying the GI doc gives him some direction and this is nothing more than constipation.
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #23 on: March 06, 2013, 01:31:32 PM »
What a great and informative post from beth!

A few of my family members received the "C" diagnosis, not only from primary care docs, but even from specialists BEFORE tests were done.  None of them had it.   I don't know if these docs are trying to cover their butts or what, but wonder if they can even imagine the emotional damage these words can do to people .......
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #24 on: March 06, 2013, 01:38:16 PM »
I'm glad they got your husband in quickly. Please let us know how it goes!
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #25 on: March 06, 2013, 01:48:36 PM »
Thank you Beth! He said that he has had loose stools for quite some time :/, but some were normal. Hopefully just IBS or stress.
Trying to not flip out!

LindaRK, I think many docs practice CYA medicine these days.
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2013, 05:25:22 PM »
Hopefully he is in with the doctor right now. So anxious!
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2013, 05:56:46 PM »
So he is going for blood work. The GI thinks his liver or gallbladder could be the issue. Please pray it isn't cancer. He has an ultrasound tomorrow and another appointment on Tuesday to discuss the results. If those are clear the next step will be taken--possibly a colonoscopy, etc.

Just so scared.
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2013, 06:05:45 PM »
Good luck!  Gallbladder issues are very common and painful - you mentioned his pain was on the right and increasing?  I think that's what my friends with gallbladder issues described.  Or it could be IBS - I once went months with a horrible stitch pain in my left side waxing and waning.  If I ate, if I walked or stood for too long, any little thing would set it off.  Then one day it went away.  I figured it was IBS.
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Re: Major meltdown over husband--fearing the worst
« Reply #29 on: March 06, 2013, 07:09:30 PM »
After my dad's surgery in November he was put on miralax. He was very backed up. He was having some pretty severe pains from the back up. Ended up in the ER. X-ray showed the back up. Miralax helped, but did cause some very loose stools. He adjusted his dose and now his stools are a mix of loose and normal. Cancer was never considered. Now that the back up is gone, so are the pains.
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