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Unread 12-10-2004, 03:42 PM

How do you know if you have adhesions or not. I had them before my hyst. I have pictures of them from a laperoscopy. They were caused by endo. I had a total hyst. a year ago (dec 15) and have been having problems with what feels like menstrual cramps. The gyn did a sono and saw nothing. I saw internest because I also have problems with alternating consipation or diarhea, its either one or the other. She said IBS and gave me belladonna medication which hasn't made any difference. I ended up finding a lump on my abdomen during this which turned out to be a baseball sized lipoma and had that removed Nov 12. I was hoping the symptoms would go away but they havn't. I don't want to keep complaning but I really thought I was done with cramps. I wondered after reading some posts here if it could be adhesions. Any thoughts?
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Unread 12-10-2004, 05:31 PM


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.

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

Unread 12-11-2004, 10:34 AM

It could be adhesions, but the only true way to diagnose them is by doing a lap. The constipation and diarhhea could also be caused by the adhesions. Go to your GYN and have him/her check you out. How bad is the pain?
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Unread 12-11-2004, 11:26 AM

The cramping is at times bad it is the lower back pain what is getting unbearable. I have pain killers left from my surgery to remove the tumor and have been taking them. I just really don't feel like dealing with this now. I guess as long as I can deal with the pain it won't kill me if it is adhesions. Out of curiosity which kind of doc does the lap for adhesions the gyn or the general surgeon?
Unread 12-11-2004, 03:08 PM

I would go to the doc who did your hyst first and then take it from there. I will be keeping my fingers crossed that it is not adhesions. Please keep me updated!

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