All of the symptoms that have been described are either a partial or full blockage! I have had so many of them and have had 5 scar adhesion surgeries. It is unfortunately a endless cycle. If you have severe onset of pain and can not go to the bathroom that eventually leads to vomiting, it is an obstruction. My doctor has always told me that if I go 4 hours after the vomiting starts and still not resolved to always go to ER. I am immediately administered fluids with IV Reglin to promote bowels to move and Dilaudid for pain. Regular xrays will not always show blockages but Cat scans usually will. My blockages usually pass either on their own or with help at ER. One of my surgeries was emergency to unblock them though. Twice I have had areas of my small bowel just start closing and have had two resections. I just had the last surgery in December. It was a resection and adhesion removal yet again. I am now looking in to getting Clear Passage Therapy because I have already had a major blockage since my surgery! Ugh. I am a very active healthy person and hate having to be set back by surgery. One of the members on here has had the Clear Passage Therapy twice and they have had good results so far. I am also experimenting with Intermittent fasting to let the bowel have periods of rest. I had severe pouchitus going into my last surgery. I had to go for quite sometime without eating before and after surgery. They didn't do anything while I was in hospital to help my pouchitus get better. But the Pouchitus is gone! I think the healing is a result of fasting. I am only eating between 11 am and 9 pm. So it isn't really that hard. Also increasing my water intake during the periods that I can't eat food. I wish I had kept up with the number of blockages that I have had in the last 17 years. I think that I am very fortunate that my GI doctor is also my GI surgeon. He has saved my life many times now.
If anyone that sees this has looked into the Clear Passage therapy as well let me know. It is know as the Wurn technique. Check it out. www.clearpassage.com
It is very interesting and they have some very significant studies that show unbelievable results. The person that is on here that had it done was able to get her insurance company to cover it. It is pricey. $8000 . It is 5 days of therapy 4 hours a day. Also they only have 6 facilities in the US.