Quality of Life

From: Dana (DMSmith00@aol.com)
Wed Mar 1 18:31:19 2000

A very special thank you to everyone who responded to my last post with such compassion and understanding. At this point, I am 3 weeks post-op and feeling better. (For those who didn't read before, just had hysterectomy and know I had adhesions from previous surgeries.)

I have found that since I found out I had adhesions, that every time I have ANY pain in my abdomen, I want to attribute it to the adhesions. I am constantly thinking about my state and feeling depressed about it, although I have no reason to think that I might not get better and be pain-free for quite a while to come. My mother keeps reminding me that she's had numerous abdominal surgeries, has adhesions and has never experienced ANY adhesional pain. (Lucky her!!)

My question for everyone is- how is the quality of your life right now? Are you in constant pain to the point of not being able to do the littlest things or does it come and go, with just certain times of being bed-ridden? Do you also find yourself consumed with thoughts of doom and gloom about your condition??

I go see my surgeon tomorrow and plan to grill him intensely about the number and placement of my adhesions. Although I'm depressed about the situation, I don't plan to accept this quietly!!!

Thanks and take care - Dana

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