From: Karla Nygren (
Fri Apr 14 23:22:00 2000

Hi Jim,

I have had a few bowel resections due to obstruction. I don't believe they were total obstructions. Since then I have had many occasions where I felt there was an obstruction and went for weeks without a bowel movement, but was told that there was no obstruction, but a narrowing. I believe that in the case of adhesions eventually the obstruction will break free. This is my opinion....and I am sure there are others who have had total obstructions.

Jim, I am from Wisconsin as well and have sought all my care in Milwaukee. If you don't mind would you please share where you received your care?

Karla N.

>----- Original Message -----
From: JIM <JJHEINZ@UWM.EDU> To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <> Sent: Friday, April 14, 2000 10:16 PM Subject: ADHESION RECURRENCE

> I had a small bowel resection for intestinal obstruction due to crohn's
> disease in 1997.
> In Mar 1999 I developed obstructive symptoms and had another resection.
> Extensive adhesions were detected and repaired at that time, although
> they had not caused any symptoms.
> In Sep 99 I developed obstructive symptoms. A barium xray showed a
> definite narrowing of the intestine at one point. However, xrays in Feb
> 2000 showed no narrowing. Last week I had the most violent obstructive
> attack I've ever had. My doctors suspect adhesions.
> My question is: do obstructions due to adhesions in effect come and go,
> or are they continuous? What do they look like on a xray?
> --
> Jim from Milwaukee

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