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has anyone had Adhesions?? has anyone had Adhesions??

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Unread 03-15-2012, 07:26 AM
has anyone had Adhesions??

I am nearly 4 months post op after having my uterus removed abdominally and for the last 6 weeks I have had daily cramping in my pelvis really bad and nausea everyday, I have one area in my stomach that is always tender and painful to touch, I have been tested for infections and am all clear. I have a scan booked next week as the doctor here in the UK is baffled. I have been reading about adhesions and I am no doctor but can anyone tell me what they feel like and symptoms you had.

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Unread 03-15-2012, 10:23 AM
Re: has anyone had Adhesions??

Hi there!

I had adhesions from the endo, and they ravaged my right ovary/tube last summer. I'm 3 weeks post-op from my hysterectomy right now, and thankful that the gut-wrenching, awful adhesion/endo pain is gone.

The adhesions had pulled my uterus, cervix, and left ovary into a huge jumbled mess. I've also had endo on my bowel, bladder, ureters, and even in my appendix (which was taken out during one of the 8 other surgeries). Yuck!

The important thing to remember is that any surgery can cause adhesions, and sometimes they have absolutely now rhyme or reason. I had a back-to-back surgeries to "interrupt" the adhesion growth last year, so basically 2 laps. They spent hours removing the original adhesions with excision surgery, and used a spray that helps prevent adhesions from coming back, and they did everything right.... one week later, in surgery #2, it was ALL back.

Don't let anyone make you feel crazy for feeling like you might have adhesions. They're very real and can grow very fast. Different body parts had different adhesion pain for me; it felt a lot like the endo pain for me... lots of pulling, stabbing, random doubling over (though that might have been the adenomyosis). I just had that "something isn't right" feeling. Definitely go to a specialist who works with pelvic pain/endo/adhesions if you can! So sorry you're going through this. Let me know if you have any other questions!
Unread 03-15-2012, 10:27 AM
Re: has anyone had Adhesions??

I have had adhesions and the ones affecting my bowels did cause symptoms similar to yours. For me, the bowel adhesions prevented my bowel from working well which lead to cramps and constipation. When one part of the digestive system isn't working properly, it can prevent the entire system from working well. So, the next issue I dealt with was nausea.

I would suggest you keep a detailed symptom diary that you can share with your doctor. Keep track of your pain, nausea, what you eat, anything that helps/worsens your symptoms, etc.

Here is an article we have on adhesions that you might find helpful as well:

Keep in mind, adhesions don't usually show up on any type of test. Additionally, surgery to remove them can allow for the creation of new ones. Thus, you will want to work closely with your doctor to determine if there are any other reasons for your symptoms that can be more easily identified and treated. You may also want to consider a work up with a gastroenterologist.

in there!

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