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Unread 12-01-2004, 12:47 PM
Painful adhesions @ 4 months,,

Has anyone else had problems w/ adhesions. I had a TAH in July. So far no major complications at all. Last Thursday my right side started hurting just above the incision. It was getting worse each day, not better. Went to see my primary physician yesterday. She was concerned that the pain might be from my appendix, so she sent me to the ER. I was there till 5:00 this morning and after blood tests, a CT scan, and one very handsome doctor, the doctor said it may be adhesions from my surgery.
Does anyone else have this and what did they do?

Thanks a TON!!!

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Unread 12-01-2004, 01:18 PM
Painful adhesions @ 4 months,,

Hi Laurie

I was sent for a cat scan two different times for abdominal pain. My gyn thought maybe I had adhesions. I did have them sticking my uterus and bladder together and to the abdominal wall when I was opened for my hyst.
The tests didn't show any, but my dr. sent me to a abdominal pain/ adhesion dr. He thought I probably had them, so he did a lapro. in Sept. There wasn't any sticking anything together, but did find alot of scar tissue on my abdominal wall. He said this can be causing the pain. He did remove my diseased gallbladder at that time.
I am still experiencing abdominal pain in the lower left area. I saw a colon rectal dr. last week. She pushed on that area and I almost jumped off of the table. I have no idea what may be wrong.
The hyst surgery can cause alot of complications in there. With any surgery you will get scar tissue and it can be painful. I had 4 c sections too, so I guess I can expect soreness. I just hope it goes away.
Have you been to see a specialist yet? This may be the best route to go. There is no test that actually shows adhesions. The surgeon said you can imagine adhesions as being this: put your hand up and keep you fingers together. The adhesions would be inbetween your fingers, sticking each other together. There is no way any kind of x ray or test would be able to see the adhesions between the fingers. It all made sense to me.
I hope you get rid of the pain and hope everything comes out ok for you.
Good luck
Unread 12-01-2004, 01:23 PM
Painful adhesions @ 4 months,,

Thanks Peggy.
I had a C-section as well, along with 5 knee surgeries. I have never felt pain like this. I honestly don't want anymore surgery. And my biggest question is, would it solve the problem or just make it better for a bit of time? Does that make sense?
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Unread 12-01-2004, 03:19 PM
Painful adhesions @ 4 months,,


How do they repair adhesions?

Because I'm not in pain but I think my uterus neck, I kept my cervix, has attached its self to my colon. There is so much presser on my cervixs right before I have a bm and i have to re adjust it after a bm.

I was hoping it just need healing, but now I'm 6 weeks and I think I'm going to have to have it checked out.
Unread 12-01-2004, 03:45 PM
Painful adhesions @ 4 months,,

oh, It makes perfect sense to me and quite a few other people here on this board.
When I had my hyst I had adhesions from the endo, then 3 weeks later, the pain was awful---adhesions engulfing my remaining ovary and everywhere..cleaned them up and removed myovary...jump to 6 months later and the pain is back. My GYN put me through so many test, so many specialist...had a colonoscopy and the GI doc couldn't even get the pediatric scope through my entire colon because it was twisted from adhesions, so finally doc agreed to do another surgery , I was loaded with them and everything was stuck together once again..he said it looked like someone poured glue in my pelvis..and the adhesions were thick and dense, the worst kind.
4 weeks later and the pain came back and everytime it comes back it is worse than before. I am now seeing a specialist and on pain meds galore. he said it is called "chronic pelvic pain syndrome" and won't operate unless i have a bowel obstruction because the surgery wouldn't last.
You will be getting other stories from other sissters who are going through the same thing I am. I also had seprafilm barrier applied this last time but it did not work for me, but has worked for others.
It has been a horrible experience for me and I sincerely hope it is not adhesions in your case.
Good luck!
Unread 12-01-2004, 05:19 PM
Painful adhesions @ 4 months,,

Adhesions are common after surgery. The pain they may cause can be quite severe as can the possible complications they can cause. They are an almost inevitable outcome of surgery - about 95% of women undergoing a hysterectomy will develop adhesions. Not all adhesions will cause pain or problems. Some people go through life never even knowing they have them. Then there are those that can have a small amount of them but suffer a great deal of pain & sometimes ongoing health issues because of them. Their location and what they are adhered to can make a big difference in the issues they may create. Unfortunately our bodies form adhesions after surgery as a defense mechanism to the trauma and tissue/organ handling that takes place during surgery.

Unfortunately our bodies form adhesions after surgery. Adhesions form as a defense mechanism to the trauma and tissue/organ handling that takes place during surgery. The formation process begins before we leave the operating room. There are certain techniques that can be used during surgery to help limit the amount that forms; for example: not using gloves that contain talc, limit the actual handling of organs, keep blood loss at a minimum and be sure that any blood that might have leaked into the pelvic or abdominal regions are cleaned up immediately. There are also products available that can be used during surgery that were developed to decrease formation also.

Adhesions are a common and occasionally serious outcome of surgery of all kinds, including common gynecologic procedures such as cesarean section, hysterectomy, surgical treatment of endometriosis, myomectomy, ovarian surgery and reconstructive tubal surgery. Adhesions that form after surgery in the pelvic area are among the leading causes of post-operative pelvic pain, infertility, and small bowel obstruction.

The only way to positively diagnosis adhesions is by having lapraoscopic surgery.

Here are a few sites and information that better describe adhesions; why they develop, treatment options & possible prevention:

What Causes Adhesions?

How Are Adhesions Treated?

You might also want to check out the HysterSister Resources section on Adhesions

I had my hysterectomy about 3 years ago. I had additional surgery 6 months ago to remove my right ovary and numerous adhesions. I am currrently receiving pelvic massage therapy because I am having more pain on my right side. I am trying some alternative ways to deal with the adhesions because having more surgery means I could just form new adhesions...a vicious cycle. {{{sigh}}}

Unread 12-01-2004, 05:42 PM
Painful adhesions @ 4 months,,

Thank you that was very helpful!
Unread 12-01-2004, 06:15 PM
Painful adhesions @ 4 months,,

Very informative post, I was starting to wonder about adhesions because I did not know they were such a problem. Does overduing it post op contribute to them, say if you are too active and you start to hurt?

Unread 12-09-2004, 07:14 PM
Painful adhesions @ 4 months,,

Your post was awesome. My doctor has scheduled a laporoscopy for tomorrow morning. He believes that the adhesions are wrapped around my bowels. He told me when he did my hysterectomy that I had lots of scar tissue from my c-section. But that didn't hurt at all. The pain I am having now is terrible. I hope this works and is the end of the pain.
Unread 12-09-2004, 08:10 PM
Painful adhesions @ 4 months,,

I am also wondering if your adhesions might be worse because of the c-sections as well as the hyster. Possible yes?

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