Bowel obstruction

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What is bowel obstruction?

Intestinal obstruction is a partial or complete blockage of the bowel that results in the failure of the intestinal contents to pass through.

Common symptoms reported by people with bowel obstruction

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with bowel obstruction

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)

Data from patients with bowel obstruction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with bowel obstruction

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(BuSpar)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
anxious mood hyperactivity
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (3) depressed mood (2)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
bad taste in mouth weight gain
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (1) depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Remeron)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation itching
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with bowel obstruction, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has bowel obstruction on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 2
20s 14
30s 28
40s 59
50s 71
60s 68
70+ 20
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 16
20-29 years 12
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 13
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 5
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 58
Female 206

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 83
Not Diagnosed 7

These charts show data from bowel obstruction patients who have completed their condition history
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