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To ease the pain?????? To ease the pain??????

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Unread 02-09-2003, 11:33 AM
To ease the pain??????

Hello Sisters

Most of you know I've been having quite a time with the pelvic pain that is more than likely adhesion related. It seems to be getting worse as each day passes.

I'm wondering, what things have you done to help ease pain, (besides taking pain med) ????? I've used heat, relaxation techniques, meditation, Yoga stretches, and just "plain ole laying around like a bump on a log" - It seems nothing really helps ease it, except the "laying around" bit.

I have 2 Percocet left from my hysterectomy, 1 I had to take this morning...Tylenol just does not cut it. And codeine really upsets my system

I was wondering if anyone has any ideas to help alleviate pain while I wait for a date for the scope....???????


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Unread 02-09-2003, 02:42 PM

I used acupuncture, castor oil packs and massage in addition to the things you've already listed. OH, and my TENS machine (gotta get that out for Friday!) and headphones.

There's also a technicque where you put a rag in ice cold water, wring it out and put it on the pain area. Then put a towel on top of that and wait for your body to warm the rag up. Brings blood to the area, I guess. My daughter uses it on me. I HATE getting it put on but sometimes I find it actually works and I fall asleep.

Hope you find something that helps.

Unread 02-09-2003, 02:45 PM
To ease the pain??????

Medication, heat, castor oil packs and hot soothing bubble baths. Those are the things that I've tried. The castor oil packs seem to bring me the most relief when things are flaring pretty bad.

Good luck sweetie I hope you find something to help get you thru until the scope.
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Unread 02-09-2003, 02:59 PM
Adhesion pain,

I feel for you honey and I will be watching this post carefully and stealing some of your tips.

I had surgery (abdominal) again in december, just 6 months after my hyst and my dear DR said I had already built up extensive adhesions. Everytime the word adhesions showed up on my surgical report the word extensive was always there.

I too am feeling the pain increase, it seems like, daily. I 'm thinking at this point, since i am 2 months out of surgery and already feeling that ole' familiar pang, that going in to have them removed would be fruitless. I certainly can't continue to have adhesions removed every 6 months. I wish you luck and pooey to those dr's that say adhesions aren't painful. I'm glad to see that there is more research being done on this and it is finally coming to light.

Kim, I'd be interested in knowing more about the castor oil packs, is this something that you make yourself? I do take meds but really wish I didnt have to so I'd like to know about alternatives.

I was (am) a CDA,(Dental Assistant) before my hyst in June and the forming of all of these adhesions. My job not only requires alot of walking around but also alot of sitting and bending over at the waist, both of which, are real triggers for more adhesion pain, so I don't even know that I will be able to do that anymore. So far the only things that help at all are :....a good night's sleep (I'm thinking because I haven't been moving around for about 8 hours, gives the belly a rest from all the tugging).....and very hot baths.

Lots of to all.

Unread 02-09-2003, 05:04 PM
To ease the pain??????

I'm with Dawn -- what is a castor oil pack and how does this work??

I can't handle the ice, but heat helps quite a bit for me. Heating pad or hot baths. Sometimes a good nights sleep will do it, but at others it's worse (I guess from not moving for so many hours?) Meds -- any chance of your doc giving you something to hold you over until the scope? Or are you not comfortable with that? Also, if I can get DBF to give me a good massage it helps. You might want to try that too.

Good luck sweetie! I know you have been suffering for way to long. Hope this will all be over for you soon!
Unread 02-09-2003, 05:22 PM
Just woke up from a 2 hour nap...

Hi Sisters....

Laying down seems to ease the pain, but then as soon as I move around or get up, yikes! It feels like I'm going to break apart!

Today, after taking that 1 Percocet, I felt pretty good. An hour or so later, I was re-filling the extra fridge with water bottles...only picking 5-6 up at a time (the sport bottle type) and after about the 4th time I picked them up, a very sudden burst of pain hit...THAT took me down for the rest of today. Heck, just STANDING in the kitchen for more than 5 minutes takes me down to my knees (hey, that might not be soooo bad!

The castor oil pack sounds interesting...The ice rag technique sounds interesting....I'm having a cranial/sacral session of massage this next Weds. night and PT on Tuesday and Thursday morning....

DH is a chiropractor so I've got the moist heat and gentle manipulation/stretching going for me at doesn't do much except make him feel like he's helping me and that is really important though...he sees my suffering.

The reason I'm so down on the pain meds is that most of them shut down my elimination system and I'm a fiber queen. Prune juice....ick.

KIM - How do you make these castor packs????

Thanks for all the good ideas....this is really wearing on me and I don't know how some of you do it for so long. I won't make it too much longer....this surgery needs to be done ASAP....and then, if for some reason it's not adhesions, I'll have to start with some other specialist all over again...I'm really frustrated.

Oh, have done the hot tob too....and I do Yoga.

Unread 02-09-2003, 05:41 PM
Castor oil packs

I'm not Kim, but I can tell you how I do a castor oil pack. First of all, I get wool flannel. I find it at some health food stores or places that sell books by Edgar Cayce and the tools to use his methods. I get castor oil, usually at the same place, but not always. I soak the flannel in castor oil, place it in a bowl and put the bowl in hot water so the flannel gets warm. Then (usually with help) I put the flannel on ME, double thickness, on or near the area of pain, put plastic on top of that (Saran wrap type plastic), a towel, and then a heating pad. I keep it that way for an hour or more. If you're doing your belly you can sit up and do it. For example, you could sit at your desk and work but it's nice to lay down and get a rest. Reverse the process to take the pack off. I keep my flannel in a ziplok bag in the frig and renew it when necessary. It keeps forever, although my daughter said she's going to get me a new one for this upcoming surgery. (She's a Registered Massage Therapist and knows how to do these things. I told her she can be in charge!)

Unread 02-09-2003, 07:05 PM
Thanks Joselle...


That does sound good...similar to the pain packs that the Asian's use...filled with some sort of works too. I hadn't thought about getting any of those. I think I'll stop at the Asian market tomorrow and hit the health food store too. I need to get some Kava coffee to try anyway....I've got Interstitial Cystitis and regular coffee is a major no-no...and I miss it alot. But, Kava is allowed. Has anyone tried it???

I took my last Percocet...and have been useing ice packs since I last posted and the pain has eased up quite a bit.

My Mom and DH have me convinced I need to call my office tomorrow to get an RX for pain meds to hold me over. At the very least, that will let them know just how much pain I'm in.

I didn't ask her for any as I did have some codeine...but I can't take it, it doesn't work and I get constipated horribly.

Are there any other pain meds anyone has tried that have worked for them??? I had the Percocet and Toradol after my surgery, that combo did it for me.

I think I'm just super hesitant to talk to the nurse - she and I have not always seen eye to eye and she told me once after my hysterectomy that I should be off the pain meds by then, she couldn't see why I still had pain. It's not that I don't like her, it's her attitude. I even talked to the doc about her, especially after she left me the message on my recorder last month that the mammogram found a "mass" in my breast....which was very inappropriate(and illegal)...and my doctor, who is the best, said that was not their office policy and she would be talking to her. I told her too about her non-compassionate attitude. She was thankful I told her about it...and I'm confident she took care of it.

Ironically, at my next appt a couple of weeks later, the nurse was out sick. And I was glad...not that she was sick, but that she wasn't there...!!

Humor...need to keep my humor or I won't get through this.

Thanks for the tips...

Unread 02-09-2003, 07:25 PM
Ultram? Muscle Relaxers?


Have you ever tried Ultram or Ultracet? It is non-narcotic, but also not a NSAID. It works pretty well for me when combined with a muscle relaxer. The problem is a lot of insurance companies will not pay for the Ultram and it is expensive (even the generic was $75 or 120 pills.) I am not able to take Lortab right now because of my bp so, I forked over the $ for the generic. I usually don't have to take them 4x a day, but can if I need to (today is one of those days.) Just a suggestion. My goes out to you because I know what it's like to hurt. Hoping you find relief soon!
Unread 02-10-2003, 10:58 AM
To ease the pain??????

I see Joselle has answered the questions about the castor oil packs. Thanks Joselle! I hadn't thought about soaking the pad with warm water, I'm going to try that.

I place a heating pad on top of mine. They are messy, but it's worth it. Ahhhhh.....

There are places that sell kits. You can do a search on the internet, type in castor oil packs. They are kind of pricey though, so if you're not sure if it's going to work I would just get the wool flannel and the castor oil. I pay around $11 for the wool flannel and about $5 for a quart container of the castor oil. You can check with your local health food store, that's where I get my stuff from.

Good luck ladies! I hope we will all one day find permanent relief from our pain!

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