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Bowel problems or adhesions? Bowel problems or adhesions?

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Unread 10-16-2006, 11:15 PM
Bowel problems or adhesions?

i had my TAH/SO dec 2005, for a while things were fine i was feeling 100% better until around july of this year, i began having intermittent pain almost like having a stabbing pain in my lower left side. After a few months of waiting and putting it off i went to the doctor and she told me i had a hyper functioning bowel (after listning to bowel sounds and my symptoms) i went away understanding i had to change my eating habits, cutting out dairy didn't help. last month i woke in the middle of the night with the same throbbing pain almost a hot numbing pain in my lower left side. The doc ordered ab xray and blood tests..NORMAL....NO OBSTRUCTION...then a cat scan w/ and w/out contrast of the intestines....NORMAL...a few days later i had to have a colonoscopy, i had been having diarreah she suspected colitis....NORMAL BOWEL maybe adhesions!!!!! what's going on and is it all in my head...i still have the same pain and i havent been able to go to the bathroom in over 1 week.....
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Unread 10-17-2006, 09:46 AM
Bowel problems or adhesions?

I would call the doctor again, a week with no BM sounds like a bowel obstruction, you can have major problems because of that alone. Maybe you should also ask to be referred to a specialist. Hugs.
Unread 10-18-2006, 04:11 PM
Bowel problems or adhesions?

I am sorry to hear you're having problems. I have had bowel problems since my hysterectomy. I have had all the tests; colonscopies(more than once), endoscopy,mri's, cat scans, ultra sounds, xrays, etc, and all of them proved inconclusive. I had a small bowel series, which is suppose to take about an hour, and I was there for 5 hours waiting for the stuff to get thru me. They still concluded everything was normal.

The next logical conclusion was adhesions, I finally convinced my doctor to do a lap and no adhesions were found.

I am currently seeing an accupuncturist. This has helped alot, but I do still have problems. Her conclusion is that after my body being in pain and having so many problems over the years that it is extremely weak. I do have other problems besides the bowel issues.

Anyways, the point of my post is, that while adhesions could certainly be the culprit, that isn't always the case.

in there and keep looking for answers. It is not just in your head! And don't let anyone tell you otherwise. You're not alone.
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Unread 10-18-2006, 04:31 PM
Bowel problems or adhesions?

I am right there with you--left sided pain. It gets worse before I have to have a bm--it feels like the stool is getting stuck in there and it pulls and swells and hurts like all get out until finally I am able to go to the bathroom. It still hurts after that too, but not like before the bm. I Had bowel surgery last year and I am convinced I have adhesions around the area they resected. I had a CT scan last week thinking surely it would show some sort of obstruction...but no....the doc said they could tell I had had surgery and repairs but it was hard to tell if there was anything going on, so they assumed it was normal. Now I am supposed to have a colonoscopy. Grr....

I just wanted you to know you are not alone. I feel your pain! I have bathroom issues as well---if a normal person took the amount of stool softeners/laxatives I have to take to have ONE bm they would be on the toilet for a week!

I hope you can figure something out. Don't give up!!

Unread 10-24-2006, 10:40 PM
Bowel problems or adhesions?

I am experiencing the same problems. I have been having a pain in my left lower stomach that radiates to the left side and sometimes to my back. I have had ct and now colonoscopy and they have found nothing. Next the doc says it has to be adhesion so I may have to have surgey again. I am trying to hold out because she said I will have to be off work for 2 wks and that is all the sick time I have available.
Unread 10-29-2006, 01:51 PM
Bowel problems or adhesions?

I'm so glad to have found your post !!!

I have been having bouts of extremely loose stools since my RSO in November. I constantly have abdominal distention and pain in my left side especially prior to a BM. I have watched what I eat and still I have no change in my bowels. Everyone once in awhile I may have a small formed stools for a day or two....but then I feel constipated !!!
I have debated about seeing a GI doc but then I'm not wanting to have all the tests done and can't afford to take off of work. I figured it is all do to adhesions since I have had horrible adhesions with my past surgeries. I keep telling myself that as long as things keep moving I have nothing to worry about. Hopefully I'm not making an error in judgement.

Sorry if this was
I hope you get the answer to your problem.
Unread 10-31-2006, 08:31 AM
Bowel problems or adhesions?

Thanks for your response. Sometimes you feel like it is all in your mind. It helps to know that others have the same experience you are having. I am going to have surgery but I am waiting to see what happens with my dad. He has to have heart surgery and he is my back up for the kids-school. After he finds out what he is doing I will plan on having my surgery and I am going to just stick it out for now. May you have a blessed day.
Unread 10-31-2006, 09:43 AM
Bowel problems or adhesions?

Hi all, I've had bm issues since my surgery and have been to gi doc, emergency room a few times, primary care doc, etc. all have found nothing, although I have not had colonscopy yet. I go back and forth from constipation to loose stools, and stomach pain that is only relieved with bm. I've been on and off prevacid all year, and the only thing that has helped is daily dose of fiber every morning. I take phyllium husks power with water, and things have improved some. I keep hoping it is nothing more, but don't know for sure. Hope you find some answers soon, and hugs to you all!
Unread 11-06-2006, 08:25 AM
Bowel problems or adhesions?

Hey there ladies. I work in an Assisted Living Home. A Resident that we had years back had chronic diarrhea. It was terrible for her. I called the ambulance one morning as she could not stop. We had adjusted her diet, and given her Immodium. It got to be quite bad, and she even began throwing up occasionally. She also would complain of pain on her left side up by her ribs. She had not always had this type of trouble. It had been sporadic bowel problems. Maybe one or two times per week, but her stool was always loose. It took the Docs 4 days to realize that she had an obstruction. They did CT scans. X-rays, blood tests, and physical exams. They found the obstruction only after they opened her.
Be aware of your own body. Be your own advocate. If something is wrong with you, try not to be pushed away. I feel that if some of these Doctors do not see the problem right there on the surface, they try to get rid of us. Don't let that happen. Good luck, and Godspeed!
Unread 12-02-2006, 09:34 PM
Bowel problems or adhesions?

I'm so glad that I'm not the only one having this problem. But, it is too bad that any of us have them to start with. I don't have problems on my left side but on my right side low down like where my ovary use to be. I also have severe pain with my bladder and difficulty emptying it. After reading on here, I think I will be calling my doc on Monday.

Hope you find your answers soon!


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