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Is It Adhesions? Is It Adhesions?

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Unread 07-16-2003, 11:31 PM
Is It Adhesions?

I have had this pain on my right side ever since my surgery and still have no answer from the Doctors as to what is causing it. At times it feels like a spasm, cramping type sensation and at other times it's a burning / tingling feeling. Also can adhesions make you feel sick at your stomach? I am almost 8 months post op and am wondering if I am ever going to be the same.

My question is what do adhesions feel like and where would you most likely have them? Could it be as far up as under the lower part of your rib cage and continue all the way down into the groin area? I'm just looking for anwsers and seem not to be getting anywhere with the Doctors.
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Unread 07-17-2003, 05:34 AM
Is It Adhesions?


First, , pain is no fun whatever the cause and not knowing what is causing it can be sooooo frustrating. I only have experience to share and a website I will link you to at the end. I have had continued issues with adhesions throughout my adult life since my second c-section. It took me almost 6 years to get a DR to go in and find adhesions on my ovary and tubes at that time. I was totally pain free from them until my last c-section which was 4 yrs later. I noticed some of the same pangs after that but they weren't bad so I didn't pursue any treatment. About 2 1/2 yrs later I had another abdominal surgery due to gastro issues, the surgeon found adhesions that time but nothing was stuck together which is probably why I wasn't dealing with more pain. In the meantime, I developed a large fibriod on my uterus within the same year and had to go back in for my hyst in 2001. I have since been back for lysis which originally was thought to be a cyst on my remaining left ovary. During the same time I was dealing with the adhesion pain I also developed right upper quadrant pain especially after overeating or eating anything heavy in fat. I had a severe attack about 3 weeks before my scheduled GYN surgery and immediately went to my GP. It was my gallbladder, not stones, but painful so I decided to have my surgeon and GYN coordinate the surgeries together and have the gallbladder removed. They both found adhesions- multiple adhesions had encased my ovary and adhered my bowels

I said all this to let you know that I had many symptoms, but I don't know if they were due to specific areas my adhesions were or not. As you can see too, I had multiple health issues happening at the same time. I had lower back pain, sharp left sided pain and annoying twinges that would catch if I moved a certain way. Mine seemed to get progressively worse maybe due to the entrapment of the ovary or bowels?? I did NOT have a lot gastro issues in regards to change in bowel habits etc but this can be a serious side effect if your bowels become totally obstructed. The website I mentioned is

Diagnosis can be frustrating and then treatment requires alot of forethought in my opinion. Diagnosis is not simple because they don't show up on any test that I have read/had as of yet. Some pieces indicate too that surgery can continue to cause adhesions and individuals can get in a vicious cycle of repeat issues. I still believe I would have had this last surgery, I did know the possible complications of repeat adhesions prior to surgery but everyone is different and has to make this decision with lots of education.

I am still not pain free but better than before surgery. I am not going to pursue my adhesion case any further with my GYN but am going to see a specialist my GP referred me to for Chronic Pain/GYN who specializes in treating adhesions and other chronic pains.

I hope a little of this information has helped you, I personally would seek a specialist for a second opinion and maybe even get a third(my only regret after my last surgery was not checking into someone more specialized than my GYN prior to my decision).

lots of

BTW: I recently had some success with reduced pain through an alternative treatment called Active Release Technique. I found a local chiro on my insurance plan who was certified in the technique and thought it was worth a try. The website for more information on this is

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