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How long until adhesions form??? How long until adhesions form???

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Unread 01-27-2005, 09:26 AM
How long until adhesions form???

I am new to the forum, as this is my first post, so please forgive my verbage. I had a total hysterectomy 7 years ago. I stopped taking HRT over a year ago. I am having aching/throbbing in my abdomen now. In the past I had 5 laps and a myeomectomy prior to the hysterectomy. I had a long history of endo, but hav ruled out eny residual endo, because I stopped my HRT over a year ago. Any endo left would have gone away. All I have left is my vagina. Everyting else is gone. Infection has been ruled out, and ultrasound shows normal. I had adhesions in the past from prior surgeries. Would adhesions show up after this long???
I am sssoooooo confused and concerned!

Thanks for any advise!
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Unread 01-27-2005, 10:06 AM
How long until adhesions form???

Hi ((Shark)) and welcome to The Road!
I'm sorry that your experiencing these pains Adhesions could be a very likely will find many other ((Sisters)) here also suffering ongoing pain & issues with these

Many times patients wont have any symptoms or pain with Adhesions until many months or many years later. The older they get, the less fibrous they become. They draw up and can cause more pulling which can mean pain. Diagnosing them can be hard though as most of they time they wont show up on any imaging tests < CT-scans, x-rays, MRI's> unless they are obstructing or distorting an organ. Then the test will reveal the narrowing or displaced organ.
Another possible issue, one that you will find many of us here dealing with, is that the treatment for them is usually surgery, more surgery can mean more Adhesions and in turn, more Adhesions can mean more pain & symptoms. It can become a viscous cycle. Each time we undergo a surgical procedure, the denser the Adhesion will become, this makes it even more risky due to the decreased visibility and increased risk of nicking or puncturing an organ because it can be quite difficult to tell an organ apart from other things due to the overlying Adhesions.

Here are some excellent links from our Resource Directory that can perhaps provide you with some further insight into these along with their symptoms, risks, treatments, ect:

Causes and Consequences of Adhesions:

Prevention and Treatment: Abdominal Adhesions:

Adhesion-related disorders: information and support :

Here is the link to the section of Resources where I found these links, it contains several more sources or good info concerning the various issues surrounding Adhesions:

I have battled with these for 5 yrs...unfortunately, surgery isn't an option for me due to the increased risks and some other issues. I have found a great deal of relief though through Pain Mgmt...while my pain isn't completely resolved, I now have good days between the bad!!

I have found that learning all I could along with educating myself on any viable treatment options I may have, the risks involved, any new products available at helping prevent/reduce reformation has really helped me. Many times Drs. aren't aware of some of these products or aren't well-versed or skilled with these. Asking certain questions can help...a Drs. skill when undergoing this surgery can make all the difference in the world on the outcome.

Good Luck with everything ((Shark)) Please know your not alone with this...there are several ((Sisters)) here dealing with similar issues with Adhesions, recurring Endo, Chronic Pain ect...It really helps having others that truly understand. While we don't always have the answers, we do have lots of caring and most of all support

I do hope you will continue to seek info, ask questions and share how things are going for you....((hugs))
Unread 01-28-2005, 02:13 PM

Hi, Shark.

Glad you found the site. As Sheri mentioned, you could very well be dealing with adhesions even if it has been 7 years, particularly because you've had so many surgical procedures and you present a history of adhesions. I have a friend who only recently began dealing with the dreaded adhesion issue and her hysterectomy was 25 years ago. But, all that said, don't disregard any new pain. I'd recommend seeing your doctor.
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Unread 01-28-2005, 03:36 PM
How long until adhesions form???

So here's a dumb I see my OBGYN for this? My GP sent me to an OBGYN over a year ago for suspected endo. The GYN snapped at me and told me that there was nothing she could do for me since I already had a TAH. Was this woman just nuts?
Unread 01-28-2005, 05:26 PM

Hi Shark, and welcome to the road, it's a nice place to visit, but unfortunatly some of us have to live here LOL!!!!
I just saw a uro/gyno on Weds, I also had a TAH/BSO for endo. My abdomen aches constantly, I have "sore spots" that never went away, and a stange pinching sensation. I have been thinking adhesions all along, as my GYN surgeon is calling it abdmonial wall syndrome. But this new Dr is sending me to an endo specialist. She said it may very well be active endo!! I'm like, give me a break, I had aTAH/BSO and never took any HRT, so you would think that in 15 months post op if there was endo in there it would have "dried up". She said that is the theory, but it is not always true. The only way they can DX endo, or adhesions is with a lap, and of course that carries it's own risks of making more adhesions, so we find ourselves in a true catch 22 situation. I had a CT scan last month. I knew endo wouldn't show, but if it was something else, that would show. It came back fine. So, it;s off to yet another Doctor I go!!!!!!! My advise to you would be to start with a good internist-GP dr. They can send you for other testing to rule out anything else. Then find a good endo specialist, easy said than done, I know, I found this new set of Dr.s by going to the nearest teaching hospital web-site and looking through the directory!! DON'T go back to the GYN that laughed at you, this really angers me. We went through this life altering surgery for a better life, we do not like having these problems. Just because the Dr's don't know the answers, doesn't mean the question isn't valid. Everybody desrves to be taken seriously and treated with respect.
Anyway, again, welcome, and keep searching for answers. They have to be out there somewhere.
Unread 01-28-2005, 07:50 PM
How long until adhesions form???


Welcome. I am another sister that is in chronic pain due to recurrent adhesions. I have had 2 open surgery since hyst to remove the suckers! I even had a barrier placed with this last surgery and I only had 4 weeks relief. I had 6 months relief between the 2nd and 3rd surgery. It is very possible after 7 years to have adhesion trouble as our bodies are constantly changing. I would advise against seeing that same GYN that basically blew you off last year.
I would start with your GP and take it from there. I pray that it is something simple and not the dreaded adhesion monster.
I have been on strong pain medication for almost 3 months now and will start seeing a Chronic Pelvic Pain (my diagnosis) specialist Feb 25. I have also filed for disability because the pain prevents me from working. Don't do a sit and wait approach with this. You need to find out where the pain is coming from. If the pain becomes too unbearable before you can see your doc, do not hesitate to go to the ER---you should not have to put up with the pain. Don't let any doc tell you it is in your head because you have had a hyst. many sisters have had to see quite a few docs before they found one that believed them and one that would help them.
When it comes to pelvic pain, you have to be your own advocate for appropriate care. Please keep us updated on how things are going, what the doc says, etc. We are here for you. We know how frustrating dealing with the pain can be.
Good luck to you and keep in touch!

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