Has anyone ever had ischemic colitis?
I an 54 yo woman and I was in the hospital for ischemic colitis for 6 days. It began with extremely sharp abdominal pains, nausea, and ultimately hemeraging diarrhea. The onset was very abrupt and I had SEVERE pain for 5 days. I have never felt pain like that. It literally felt like knives were carving up my belly. It was like have my kidney stone for 5 days. It was managed with either 4 cc of morphine of 2 - 4 cc of Dilauded. (sp?) Fortunately the biopsies cam back and indicate Ischemic Colitus - not ulcerative colitis or IBS.. They said I just need to rest and let my body heal.
I now know that it was precipitated by severe dehydration from 2 days of physically demanding gardening in 88* sunny weather. It totally caught me off guard! It seems hard to describe to people how excruciating it is.
1)How long did it take you to heal enough to return to work?
2) How did you know you were well enough to return?
3) Have you had recurrences?
4) Did you dramatically change your diet like those with ulcerative colitis have to?
5) Can you drink alcohol when episode fully ends?
6) If I "do too much" could it stimulate a relapse?
I have never before posted on a blog. This experience has pushed me to do so.
Hello @mo1216, and Welcome to Connect.
There are a few members who have either had ischemic colitis or have discussed it. I'm going to tag @nkells, @opiffle, @frane1939, @sunnie, @crawdia, @malori33, and @karthiekay with the hope that they will join in with some information.
You may also wish to view their discussion here: http://mayocl.in/2gQUTSM
@mo1216, have you or a loved one been diagnosed with ischemic colitis?
My mother passed away from Ischaemic colitis so you can imagine the dismay I felt when the ER of a hospital diagnosed me with the same issue.
I have and had a colon resection after several episodes with it which was 15 years ago. I have not had a recurrence since. I still have had diverticulitis on several occassions even though the thinking was that they had cut out the area of my colon that was affected. I have been told by a couple of medical people that this Ischaemic colitis is akin to a heart attack of the colon.
Please accect my sincere sorrow for the loss of your mother.