Bowel kinking is a thing and I have been in the past hospitalised for it; for me personally it is the worst pain I have had since having my ileostomy formed 4 years ago. Don’t get me wrong I have had some nasty blockages especially the partials which come and go over a few days and I have had a particularly nasty stomach bug which also landed me in hospital! So for me to say these kinks are bad for me they are hella bad!
I have no idea what kick starts them off as there have been different situations the one that lasted a week we have absolutely no idea and I had x-rays and a CT scan! It came in waves but the pain was high up on my left hand side under my ribs – it was excruciating to the point I rang 111 who rang an ambulance who took me into A&E. At first they thought it was gallbladder but nothing showed up on the scans, the stoma nurses thought it could be my bowel and that was that. I guess there wasn’t anything else thy could do and I haven’t had that one since thankfully!
The most common scenarios are I have bent forward and it has just decided for whatever reason to kink and it feels like the worst cramp you have ever felt tripled! The first few times I remember vividly:
- I was tidying stuff up under my bed and I lent forward and I felt and I swear I heard a twang or a snap and then I’m in so much pain I am laid back trying to “stretch” out part of my anatomy that doesn’t do that!
- I was leaning forward slightly to remove my skinny jeans after going to a gig and eating chinese from my favourite take out in Leeds when once again the pain, the noise, the stretching. The difference with this one I ended up covering the hotel bed/bathroom in output as it came out like a fountain. I have never been more embarrassed I even had to shower twice!
- I was laid in a bed getting fluids in hospital chatting to one of the junior doctors when the cramping came out of nowhere. This time I ended screaming in agony but I was experiencing the gastroenteritis bug which I feel exacerbated it a lot more.
- Trying to do floor exercises with 00Steve and having to give up because the risk was too great in my mind that it would prolapse or pop into a hernia.
Dr Google says bowel kinking is called voluvus and describes only the serious scenarios where the blood is cut off and surgery maybe needed if a colonoscopy doesn’t work. Mine haven’t been anywhere near this but until I can speak to my surgeon I will just go off what the stoma care nurse (who is also a specialist) says.
Have you ever experienced bowel kinking or something similar? Do you know what it is that sets yours off?