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Unread 01-25-2004, 10:44 AM
adhesions/scar tissue

I had my Partial VH done 2 yrs ago, I was 42. For the past several months I'm suffering of a very sharp pain that comes and go in my lower right abdominal area. I was told that maybe I have some adhesions/scar tissue/ endometriosis that need to be removed with a laparoscopy. I had a very bad reaction to the anesthesia when I had my PVH done. I had 2 respiratory failures because of my asthma. I was just wondering if there is any other method to make those adhesions to go away, or at least to reduce or stop the pain besides pain medications? Any one of the sisters had seen any improvement with regular exercises? Please let me know about your experience. I have to make a decision very soon. I don't want to live with this pain and discomfort all my life. Thanks
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Unread 01-25-2004, 06:59 PM
adhesions/scar tissue

I'm sorry your experiencing such pain Adhesions can bring about quite abit of pain & problems:-( I am 4 yrs Post-Op from a TAH....due to complications from Adhesions, I underwent 2 add'l surgeries afterwards. Unfortunately, those only caused me more pain & problems! Adhesions (Scar Tissue) form as our bodies natural defense mechanism...they form in response to surgery, trauma, infection & Endo. Not all Adhesions cause pain thankfully *whew* but since they adhere organs together, or to some other area such as the pelvic/abdominal wall or vaginal cuff {just a few examples} they can cause a tugging/pulling type pain, organs can become distorted or strangulated causing pain with digestion or BM's.
Surgery for adhesions can often lead to the development of more Adhesions which may then cause more pain It can become a viscous cycle with the end result being the possibility of more pain.
There are products available that can be used during surgery to prevent Adhesion formation! Unfortunately, they don't carry a large success rate & they take a skilled Surgeon to be able to use many of them. Here is a link to a website that lists all the products available along with some awaiting FDA approval:

Adhesion Prevention Homepage

In my own situation, mine were declared inoperable & I am left at controlling the pain & symptoms. I do so with the help of a team of Pain Mgmt has been of a huge help
There are some massage techniques, abdominal manipulation, exercises say to help *break up* Adhesions. I've had no success with any of them & couldn't tolerate the pelvic manipulation. Here is a link that will take you to a directory containing many links to info on Adhesions & their treatment:

Adhesion Resources

I hope it can be of some help to you in finding some answers & relief Good Luck & pls keep us posted....((((hugs))))
Unread 01-25-2004, 11:38 PM
help for scar tissue pain

Yes, you might avoid surgery by stretching and massage...
Hold stretches for at least 30 seconds, and stretch for at least
5 minutes! Massaging the affected area is also beneficial.
All this from my proven acupuncturist, and a testimony
I read from a medical worker who streched to overcome
scar tissue pain. Hope this helps.
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Unread 01-26-2004, 07:34 AM
adhesions/scar tissue

Hi again ((Glyssel)),
I ran across some other sites that really detail the Pelvic manipulation procedure in the aide of Adhesions...I wanted to share them with you

Acute Abdomen And Surgical Gastroenterology; Manipulative Therapy

formation of permanent fibrinous adhesions. ... which begin to break up after manipulation of the ... Intra-abdominal infections ...
Pelvic Adhesions
Manipulative Medicine and the Post-Operative Abdominal Surgery

The focus of this paper is the manipulative treatment of patients who have undergone surgery of the lower gastrointestinal tract. This includes small bowel and colon resections, lysis of adhesions, Hartmann’s procedure, colostomy placement, etc. The uncomplicated postoperative patient will commonly present with:

• Diffuse and/or focal abdominal pain of varying degrees.
• Nausea with or without vomiting.
• Absent bowel sounds.
• Distended abdomen.
• Incision sites of varying number and sizes

Manipulative therapy of the postoperative patient is not designed to “fix” anything. Its goal is to improve and optimize naturally occurring physiologic recovery measures. This therapy is strictly based on the physiologic insults incurred by abdominal surgery. The focus of manipulative therapy can be directed toward two distinct regions, the thorax, and the abdomen
If you do get another adhesion, you will need more surgery -- and unfortunately, any kind of abdominal surgery increases your risk of developing more troublesome scarring. So you can find yourself caught in a vicious circle of requiring surgery to eliminate adhesions but risking more adhesions with each additional procedure.
I located some info I'm going to present to my own Drs as well
More (((hugs)))
Unread 01-26-2004, 11:00 AM
alternative to anesthesia

if you do end up having to go through with the lap, talk to them about doing an epidural for the surgery instead of the general. Keep that nasty gas out of your lungs to trigger the attacks.
Unread 01-26-2004, 01:03 PM
adhesions/scar tissue

I had epidurals too! They were wonderful. In fact, for my surgery last week to remove my right ovary and adhesions, I had the epidural (and something to make me "sleepy") for the surgery, then I was totally pain free for 48 hours! It was amazing... I had the operation Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and they didn't take the epidural out until Thursday morning. I was still able to get myself up to the washroom and everything! I think that is one of the main reasons why I am healing so well this time, my body had those first 2 days to really rest. By the time they took it out, I was able to comfortably deal with the pain with Tylenol 3s.
Unread 01-27-2004, 11:03 PM
pain from adhesions

My yoga teacher is also certified as a Rieki therapist. Might sound crazy but if you found someone you like to provide a Rieki session w/ you it might get rid of some of the pain. It's a hands off therapy/approach where the therapist is like a medium and receives energy from the universe and channels it to you. You obviously have to be into this alternative approach but if you have an open mind............................

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