Re: Adhesion Pain

From: Robin (
Mon Apr 17 09:29:32 2000

Dana, I am sorry to hear of all of your problems. Maybe some of you depression is because of "baby blues" The depression that sometimes comes after having a baby. I take meds to help control my pain, I am never totally pain free, but I hope that a comination of some new meds will help. I have an appointment at a pain clinic in El Paso, Tx on the 26th, hopefully, they will know of a better combination of meds for me. Don't give up, hope is the only thing that keeps me going. A heating pad helps some with the pain, but make sure you use it on low, or you could burn yourself. Please tell us all about your new baby, that will bring a lot of joy to all of us to hear about the baby. Robin

At Sun, 16 Apr 2000, ama wrote: >
>At Mon, 28 Feb 2000, Dana wrote:
>>Hello everyone.
>>I've been reading a lot of the messages posted
>>for quite some time and they have been a lot of
>>help to me. I have had five abdominal surgeries,
>>with four of the surgeries occurring within the
>>last five months. Let me briefly explain.... On
>>9/30/99 I had a beautiful baby girl by c-section.
>>Two days later, I had to have an emergency lapa-
>>rotomy due to the fact that my abdomen was severely
>>distended (I looked like I was pregnant with quadruplets).
>>They found my colon was obstructed and had to repair it.
>>I slowly recovered and found myself in severe pain
>>about 9 weeks later. At that time, they drained
>>a pelvic hematoma and that brought relief for about
>>7 more weeks. The pain then returned and they did
>>another laporotomy and found adhesions and an ovarian
>>cyst. They had tried doing a laparoscopy, but couldn't
>>get the scope in due to the adhesions. About 3 weeks
>>after this surgery, I was back in the hospital, in pain, with another
>>laparotomy looming. We decided that the
>>do a total hysterectomy and
>>appendectomy while they were in there. They did those procedures, plus
>>lysed adhesions and used Interceed. After the surgery, my surgeon told
>>me that the adhesions weren't as severe as initially thought, but that I
>>did have many.
>>I am now 3 weeks post-surgery and starting to have more pain - I'm not
>>sure if it's related to adhesions or not. My surgeon is one of the many
>>that doesn't put a lot of credence into "adhesion pain." I doubt if
>>he'll want to do anything further surgically with me, and I don't want
>>that either.
>>I guess my question for anyone is how do you deal with the emotional
>>consequences of such a debilitating problem? I am currently on an
>>anti-depressant and it is helping, but I still have thoughts of
>>hopelessness and sometimes suicide. I want to be a worthwhile mother
>>and wife and it is so hard when in constant pain. If anyone has any
>>advice for me, I would greatly appreciate it.
>>Thank you and take care all.
>That is terrible what happened to you, especially just after having a
>baby! I am wondering if you are feeling any better now? I just had a
>lap. last week for lysis of adhesions on my bowel and I am having the
>same pain that I had prior to surg. I had a hysterectomy last year for
>endometriosis after being on lupron for three years, I was symptom free
>for awhile and felt very free not to be on Lupron anymore and being a
>constant "patient". I'm hoping this is a temporary post-surgical pain!
>Hope your doing well!


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