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Symptoms of an intestinal/bowel stricture?

Hey all, I've just joined this forum today and looking for some info... I've had crohns for 3 years now and recently been having some complications..

Before I explain what I've been struggling with, is there anyone who's had a stricture before that could inform me what sort of symptoms and complications they had leading up to the discovery of a stricture??

Thank you 😊💕

  1. Hi ,

    While I personal experience with a stricture, I wanted to send you some more information in the meantime. Some common symptoms that people deal with when they have an intestinal blockage include nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain or swelling. Also, some people are unable to have a bowel movement or pass gas. I linked an article below that has much more detailed information about strictures in case you're interested in checking it out. I hope it helps and please feel free to ask any follow up questions that you may think of!

    Kindly, Crystal (IBD team)

    1. Hey .

      Happy to share my personal experience with strictures. I had a lot more trapped wind and noticed that I was going to the toilet a lot less in the day, but more at night. I had abdominal pain in a particular area. The pain worsened over time, and eventually I also started vomiting. Everything I ate hurt, even drinking hurt, in the same spot.
      When they finally investigated, they found that there was a very long tight stricture and a smaller one right next to it.

      - Sahara (team member)

      1. Hey @sahara, thank you for your response, appreciate it!

        What tests did you have done to identify the strictures if you don't mind me asking?

        And also, my doctor has advised that usually strictures only occur after surgery which I havent had. Was this the case with you?

        Thanks, take care 🙂

      2. it was initially identified during a scope because the camera couldn't go any further due to the narrowing. Then I had a barium x-ray to get a better look. On the X-ray, all they could see was one long, really tight narrowing, and then a tiny piece of normal bowel and then another short narrowing. I had emergency surgery, as they decided there was no chance of dilating the longer one. It was a good job they want in rather than trying to dilate because it was actually a twist and an abscess!

        Yes, I have had multiple surgeries. But I do know a lot of people with strictures that haven't had surgery. That's usually been attributed to scarring caused by active disease.

        - Sahara (team member)

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