Hi maddie 18,
I think your situation and ours are very different. The blockages you can die from are full blockages, and no amount of pain meds would cover up the pain! Partial blockages are different in that they are just awful enough to make you bedridden, but can usually be managed at home with fluids and pain/nauseau ,management. A small amount fo air/fluid passes through so you know it isn't fully blocked. I've had full and partial, and believe me, you can tell the difference. The full i would definitely go to the hospital for, but the partial you can sometimes manage at home. I don't think anyone is suggesting to avoid hospitals and self-medicate wth painkillers, just that there are varying degrees of blockages.