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Unread 07-14-2004, 04:35 PM

I had surgery last thursday to remove adhesions. I have been doing great but now have this terrible bruise at the sight where the original pain started. I was told that the adhesions had attached it self to my abdominal wall in that area. The spot is now bigger and is deep purple with red spots in it. Do any of you think I should be concerned???? I don't want to call my dr again. She thinks I am nuts already. I have a post op appointment next week and am wondering if it can wait that long. Oh ya, I already talked to my dr today to see if she would release me to go to the gym. She flat out told me NO! I guess that means I can't go. I wasn't going to go anyway. If I call her she will probably tell me that it is caused by over doing and really I haven't. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
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Unread 07-14-2004, 04:40 PM

Oh ((((Sally)))) I'm sorry you're having a hard time

While I can understand that you are wondering when you will be released to exercise, I can't help but wonder why you didn't mention this problem, while you had your doctor's attention

I really think that you should talk to her about this bruise. While it is quite possible that it is a normal part of recovery for adhesion removal surgery, it's always a good idea to err on the side of caution and mention new pains or symptoms to your doctor.

Sending lots of s your way. Please keep us posted.
Unread 07-14-2004, 04:42 PM

I've always had awful bruises after surgery. I had a lap a few years ago where the doc just explored, didn't find anything and my belly turned some awful shades of black, blue and purple. Before that, I had an incision revision and I was black and blue clear down to my pelvis.

That said, I think anytime you are concerned you should give the doctor a call. I think it's always best to be safe than sorry. That is what your doctor is there for. Let her decide whether it warrants further action.

I'm glad your doctor said to the gym. Please don't try and rush things. You only have one chance to heal properly. I know for me, with each additional surgery recovery time was longer. Over the years I've learned that I really do need to take care of me. The gym will be there when you're ready, just as all my dust bunnies were waiting for me.

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Unread 07-14-2004, 05:20 PM

Dany and Kim,

Thank you both for your input. As for the bruise....It really wasn't there when I talked to her this morning. I drove to school, picked up some papers that I need to work on and came home. I was gone about an hour and only walked from the car to my office and back to my car and then I came home. I got home and sat down here at the computer and went to visit the bathroom when I noticed how deep purple it was with the red spots inside of it. If I had it earlier I was unaware. I would have told her about it then. I am going to wait till morning and see if gets any worse. If it is I will call her. Here we go again. Thank you both for scolding me about the gym thing. I can wait until aug 5th. I think I will become a permanent couch potatoe. I hope its just a bruise. Thank you!!!!!!
Unread 07-14-2004, 07:39 PM

(((Sally)))) It could very well be a coincidence or it could be that the scar resulted from the long drive and sitting at the PC. As you know, sitting is an activity and if it involved sitting bended at the waist, that could explain it all. The red spots inside the purple bruise could simply be little capillaries (blood vessels) that have broken, at the surface of the skin.

I'm relieved that you are planning to contact your doctor, should the scar be as bad or worse tomorrow. Please, do keep us posted.

ps: becoming a permanent couch potato isn't as bad as it sounds
Unread 07-15-2004, 04:28 PM

You are most welcome! That's what we are here for. To offer support I do hope it's just a bruise, but am glad that you will be contacting the doctor. There's been times I think I've worn out my welcome at the doc's office, but one time I didn't call and just waited and he chewed me out big time! He said NEVER hesitate to call, that he needs and wants to know how I'm feeling and what's going on. Of course, that was one of my good doctors.

Couch potatoe sounds good to me!

Do let us know what the doctor says.
Unread 07-15-2004, 08:53 PM

Okay, I chickened out in calling my dr. I talked with a friend who is a nurse in general surgery, my breast nurse and my work out buddy(all one person). I explained to her what the issue was and she instructed me to put hot compresses on the sight. She asked if I was running a temp and the answer was no.

She was waiting outside the OR on the day I had surgery and got the scoop for me since my husband can't remember things or only tells me bits and pieces. She is more aware of the extensiveness of the surgery and understood exactly what was done. The spot in question was where the adhesion had attached itself to my abdominal wall. My dr had to scrape before she could laser that spot. I will quit worrying for now. It is in her words a very bad bruise. I am going to wait until wednesday at my post op appointment and hopefully it will be gone by then. If it does get worse or if I start running a temp I will call.

You all are the best. I don't know how I would have made it through all of this without all of your support. s to all of you. This is such a great forum to get advice, vent and even share the good, bad and the ugly. Thank You!!!!!!
Unread 07-16-2004, 03:34 PM

((((Sally))))) I'm relieved that you got some input from someone you trust. Hopefully, her suggestion will work.

However, ((((sweetie)))), please promise us that you will seek medical help should the problmes persist or get worse.

Sending lots of s your way.
Unread 07-16-2004, 03:44 PM

Hi Dany,

I PROMISE!!!!!It looks a bit better today. I am just going stir crazy now. I was told I could walk a little so shopping seems to be in my future! Thanks!

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