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Is this a Blockage? What home treatments? (difficulty: In rural Italy)

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I'm spending the northern summer in a tiny town in rural Italy.  Lucky me!  My Italian language is functional for ordering coffee and making observations of the weather, but that's about it.

For the last week, I have had no solid output from my nearly 10-year-old stoma.  There are lots of very loud, gurgling and rumbling noises, frequent nausea and little burps.  For a day and a half I was bedbound with episodic cramps, however these have subsided and there is merely generalised pain.  My stoma looks swollen and distended, and a lighter colour than normal.  I am changing the wafer more frequently, as although the output is minimal, it is very liquid and soaks through the baseplate.  

Now that I am vertical again, I am seeking to walk, and even run when I can to move things up, but so far, nothing.  My belly is very distended.  

I had a full bowel blockage in 2010 and I am fully aware of what that pain feels like.  This is nothing like that.  

I would dearly love to avoid negotiating the Italian medical system, which, while excellent, involves me making many difficult explanations and wasting a lot of time.  English is spoken very little  here, even among professionals.  

Advice or suggestions on how I may treat this?

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"Advice or suggestions on how I may treat this?"


Uhhh...  Quickly.  Toxic shock possibilities?

"Ho un mal di pancia."
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I don't think there is anything you are going to be able to solve quickly, unfortunately! I do think you need to seek medical help soon! I wouldn't wait much longer or you may be extending your stay longer than you may have planned!

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