I just left the hospital after nearly 2 weeks of care. I was suffering from severe abdominal pain and bloating. I didn't look like I had swallowed the proverbial basketball, but instead looked like I had a beachball in my belly.
It started when I was going about my business one day and, wham!, out of nowhere, I got the most anguishing abdominal pain! I barely had enough strength to dial my nurse service but couldn't even call an ambulance for myself. I don't even remember seeing my nurse while he was at my home. It was the first time the medics pulled me out on a gurney. Usually I have to walk over to it.
I was screaming for half day in the hospital until the pain was at least controlled. Then, they tried 3 times to insert a naso-gastric tube - unsuccessfully. A couple of days later, they attempted to insert a tube 7 more times. They finally got a very tiny one in. My pain finally subsided when the fluid started to be suctioned out.
I'm home now, on a liquid diet, which will be followed by a soft food diet for a while.
The culprit? I recently discovered a very tasty and enjoyable snack - Flaming Hot Corn Puffs. I had eaten a bag of them and then all this happened. I'm still eliminating red dye, so I know that's the culprit.
Thought I'd share for people who like to indulge in snacks.