This is not just a post for those with Crohn's but I'm going to share what I've learned from dealing with active Crohn's in terms of unblocking a blockage. Basically, one of the worst parts of Crohn's Disease and the aspect that often leads people to multiple surgeries is the "O" word. Chronic inflammation of the digestive tract causes scar tissue to build up, you get narrowing of passages and then you get an obstruction. The typical treatment is oral or even intravenous steroids and an emotionally draining waiting period to see if the bolus of food will pass through or if you'll end up needing to have a section of intestines removed. Now, whether or not you have Crohn's, most people have experienced a time in their life when they had a little trouble getting their "pipes cleaned" and even that morning cup of coffee didn't reward you with a trip to the porcelain throne. Here are my recommendations for when you want to go, but can't.
Mag07 - This is an ozonated form of Magnesium and when taken at night, not only does it promote better quality sleep due in part to the calming effects of magnesium but it also has a very pleasant and non-stimulant induced stool softening effect.
Coconut/MCT Oil - I had an interesting (read, horrific) experience a few weeks ago. My wife picked up a fresh coconut from the market and I foolishly gave the coconut water to my son Ben, who loved it, and I proceeded to eat the meat, of the entire coconut, throughout the day. It was delicious but I consumed roughly double the amount of fiber a person should have in a day, and without the accompanying coconut water to balance out the blocking effects of the meat, I got pretty blocked up. The solution was to take 4 tablespoons of coconut oil by mouth and for an extra punch, a 2 tablespoons of MCT oil (the medium chain triglycerides found in coconut oil that in large quantities can cause "disaster pants")
Deep Pressure Massage - Since you're body doesn't care that there is something blocking it and will continue, through the process of peristalsis to attempt to push food through you, the pain can get pretty intense and comes in waves. Also, since the intestines go back and forth and wrap around in different directions, it's very difficult to pin point where the pain is. However, you can guess a little and sometimes, using your fingers on your belly as if you were trying to push the food through your system, can actually help do it. I don't mean a little Swedish massage style press, I mean real deep tissue, sweat inducing, pressing your belly button up against your spinal cord in order to help break up the ball of food that is causing the problem.
Stress Relief - Since the whole process can be rather stressful, I highly recommend doing some Stress Doctorheart rate variability training for a few minutes to try and calm your nervous system and give it a rest from the work it's been doing, trying to clear the way.
Squat - Finally, if you don't already squat to go to the bathroom, which is a much more natural position, now is the time to start. If you have the foresight to order a Squatty Potty, it will make things a lot easier but if you have a good balance and feel adventurous, just go ahead and stand on the toilet seat and squat down. You'll be amazed at how much more relaxed you'll be, and you should not have to strain to do your business.