I think it was Dr Oz who once described what he said was “ a normal BM “ what I recall was a description of the way it looked rather than other qualities such as frequency, quantity, times a week, month, day etc
I mentioned in a reply to someone who posted at least a few times in the discussion about small bowel obstruction which I discovered in that discussion the coining of the problem as SBO which I used in another thread and when someone asked what SBO is, a contributor gave ME the credit for naming it, which I can not take credit for even though I like how quickly it defines what I’m talking about. So to whom ever shortened it to letters: TYVM!
That said, my VA doctor and I had a vigorous discussion about SBO and it seemed to fit one of the repeating themes I found while reading about it last Sunday before joining the site. That doctors and hospital personnel ( pardon the pun ) poo poo those of us who go to doctors, ER’s, and urgent care facilities, there seemed to be a few common themes one that stood out was the attitude and responses of “ maybe it’s a little stomach bug, or stress, or nerves, etc but as it seemed to be a common occurrence it took numerous trips to the ER before being admitted into a hospital. I also noticed the length of the hospital stay was very similar in all cases. PATTERNS
What I didn’t read were things such as what bathroom habits were like before SBO, food habits, weight, size, perhaps body image when dressing or looking in the mirror and other feedback that I’m working on a list with reasons why I think that this info may help figure out answers to question that might help us all in some way but more importantly might help doctors see the degree of the problem.
Since last Sunday and especially after the visit with my PCP I’ve done more research and I discovered a reliable source that listed common medications that may play a part in causing the onset of an attack.
BINGO! There it was: an answer to my last attack. The sequence of events over a 3 or 4 day period, the foods I ate over that period of time, the medications I took and when I took them; even WHY I took them when I did, and an accurate map of many relative facts that helped me to see the part I played in the attack happening Friday; especially after 7 PM That hour the events and times that followed were like de’ha by all over again.
Honestly I see things that IMHO are very important but there’s no “ MD “ after my name so who will listen?
Turns out that I have a non VA doctor who not only does and will listen, he rx’d the medication that is on the list and interestingly enough I took it at 330 and fell asleep in my recliner with the heating pad on because my back was more painful AFTER physical therapy earlier on Friday Up until 7 PM I continued to attempt to mitigate my pain with rx’d medications I also made 4 small cheese sandwiches I should learn how to upload picture because “ small “ as “ large “ is subjective. For my size it was a small dinner.
At 7PM I suspected what was going to happen and it happened like it did each of the previous times. Important feedback in my opinion.
When I told the private doctor what I read and what happened he responded as if I made a discovery and we are working together on a plan going forward from here.
I think that the info shared here opened my eyes to what most medical personnel fail to see and moreover they are unwilling to listen to let alone consider to be worthy of their time.
Maybe I will figure out what works for me and what will be my new normal