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Life & Events > Never Too Old to Learn!

Never Too Old to Learn!

Full of---- (Your laugh for the day)

Learning about ileus the hard way!



Ileus is a disruption of the normal propulsive ability of the gastrointestinal tract. Although ileus originally referred to any lack of digestive propulsion, including bowel obstruction, up-to-date medical usage restricts its meaning to those disruptions caused by the failure of peristalsis, rather than by mechanical obstruction. Although certain older terms such as meconium ileus persist in usage, they are now misnomers (which does not mean that they are incorrect or obsolete, but rather that they are known to not sound like what they really are).

Ileus means "intestinal obstruction".


For about 10 days, and up to going into the hospital, the only symptom I had was the first but with a history of heart problems I held off for as long as I could play it safe before I went to the hospital.

·        moderate, diffuse abdominal discomfort

·        constipation

·        abdominal distension

·        nausea/vomiting, especially after meals

·        vomiting of bilious fluid

·        lack of bowel movement and/or flatulence

·        excessive belching


In any case as I emailed some people after getting to the hospital:


As many of you will say "I knew that"--in the terms my doctor (female) said to me, "I could use feces but instead I will say shit (I blushing being a guy who doesn't use 4 letter words)--and you are full of it! Your 13 foot intestine is blocked up which is why your chest is hurting and your stomach is bloated up like a balloon!!"

After explaining that I have a bowel movement daily she said I will give you a quick lessons about the intestine which she proceeded to do followed by handing me 2 prescriptions: one for laxatives and the other for magnesium citrate and added, no you will not lose 20 pounds but the bloat will go away!

And for all that I was in pain for 10 days!! (and still am the next day after taking the laxatives!)

Ah the joy of waking up every morning!



Go ahead and laugh!!!`

posted on Oct 24, 2017 8:13 AM ()


Glad it was something relatively easy to fix.
comment by troutbend on Oct 24, 2017 8:31 AM ()
Not 'fixed' yet!!!
reply by greatmartin on Oct 24, 2017 9:23 AM ()

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