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Ileus comes with many symptoms, most commonly including nausea, vomiting, cramping, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain and spasms, and bowel inactivity.

Ileus is a caused by the lack of movement created by peristalsis, causing a blockage in the intestines. Solids, liquids, and gases are not able to pass through the body normally in the presence of ileus.

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It is common for ileus to come about after certain types of surgeries. It can be caused by injury or lack of activity. The use of some medications may also be a cause. Ileus is commonly a side effect of infections, muscular and nervous disorders, or diseases, like colon cancer and kidney disease.


Ileus is considered a serious medical situation, so it is highly advised that one be treated right away after experiencing symptoms. One must be first keep from taking in any food or liquids. At a hospital or other health care treatment facility, a nasogastric tube may be placed to help alleviate some symptoms. There are other treatment methods that may be used to deal with the swelling. Specific treatment varies depending on what the cause is. One may be given medications to help stimulate bowel movement.

Where does ileus usually occur? Ileus occurs in the ileum or other part of the intestine.For how long does ileus usually last? Ileus usually lasts for only two to three days.How can ileus be prevented? For the most part, cases of ileus are not preventable. Making sure that electrolytes imbalances are corrected can help avoid an ileus. Also, not using medications that are seen to cause ileus, such as morphine, can contribute toward prevention.


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My having had ileus does not affect me now, but during the few days I was affected by it, my daily routine changed a lot. While I was in the hospital, I was just in bed for most of the time, so I could not do a lot of what I usually do. I was cared for by the nurses, and they helped me perform daily activities. I had to refrain from eating and also drinking when I found out that I had ileus. As a result, I had to be given an IV and electrolytes to stay hydrated. I was also fed with a nasogastric tube; it was inserted in my nose and went down my throat to my stomach. A tube was also inserted in my intestines to suction out the contents that were causing the blockage. I was given medications to help stimulate bowel movement. I was monitored; the nurses and doctors were looking for signs of bowel movement. If my condition had been worse, I would have had to have surgery to clear up my intestines. I had to stay at the hospital, so I did not get to interact much with family and friends unless they came to visit me. While I was in the hospital, I was a bit bored, and I felt somewhat awful not being able to really eat and just receiving food through tubes. My behavior did not really change. The main thing that was different was that I was not as active as usual. Thankfully my time in the hospital only lasted a few days. Ileus is only temporary, so it did not have any long-term effects on me. I felt fine after I was discharged from the hospital.

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