When allowed to treat a bowel obstruction on your own from home it's a sign that there's hope. Most bowel obstructions require hospitalization and an invasive procedure where a tube is threaded through your nose to where the blockage is. You intravenously receive a fluid solution containing sodium, chloride and potassium. These electrolytes replace water and salts from vomiting and diarrhea.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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See your doctor. It is important to rule out intestinal strangulation. Your doctor will examine you for tenderness and swelling while searching for collective masses in your intestine and listening to your bowel sounds.
Relieve your discomfort from home when your doctor finds that you have a partial bowel obstruction to treat. After an abdominal exam and x-rays, when he rules out surgery or invasive measures, you have the option of home treatment.
Remove solid foods from your diet. Your doctor may recommend that you treat this malady with a liquid diet, which helps you avoid further bowel obstruction.
Keep an eye out for additional symptoms. Severe abdominal pain may indicate the blockage is not responding to treatment. Before continuing to treat the bowel obstruction on your own, consult with your doctor.
Tips and warnings
- Maintain a high fiber diet and drink plenty of water. This helps to prevent constipation and is good for the health of the large intestine.
- Use laxatives sparingly. Laxatives have the potential to cause colon twisting and could play a part in bowel obstruction.
- Find a colon cleansing drink. They're a natural and preventive medicine that can help you avoid a bowel obstruction.
- Be weary of severe abdominal pain that can indicate the bowel's blood supply is cut off. Immediate medical attention may be needed.