Re: Why is my surgeon giving me such a hard time?

From: jenny low (
Fri Feb 23 22:42:59 2001


I have been reading your posts. I am sorry you are having such a hard time. I have had several surgeries including 3 laparotomies prior to my hysterectomy this past June. In Feb a year ago I had a laparotomy where they removed 3 inches of my colon, a softball sized mass, and tons of adhesions. Even with all this done I have to say that the hysterectomy was the hardest on my body. It is hard when we think that we will have surgery and everything will be fixed and we can get back to normal. And it does happen, just not over night. I am experiencing this again. I had surgery last Friday. I really expected to be feeling great and back to normal. But healing is a process and it does take time. I am still feeling very uncomfortable. I don't have the constant pain in the lower left side but I do have pain in my back all the way to my butt and a horrible pressure under my ribs like everything is being shoved up there. Please don't get too upset. Don't try to be doing too much too soon because that will set you back even more. Like I said the hysterectomy was by far the hardest surgery I have had to go through. It is harder on your body. So remember it may take a bit longer to bounce back. I really hate to hear that you really didn't even need the hysterectomy. I don't understand why your doctor would do that, but I would surely look into it. I chose to have mine because I had endometriosis so bad that it was constantly forming huge cysts on my ovary and causing me constant pain. I couldn't take it any more. I thought that would be the end to my pain. I was wrong. I found out you can have endo without having female organs. I am 34 1/2 years old and have to take hormones. SOmetimes I really feel older than I actually am. I will be praying for you. We do understand what you are going through. Did the drs in PA tell you what you could do to help your BMs? I have had what you are describing with the stool. Let us know how you are doing. Just remember not to be trying to do too much, okay? Give your body a chance to heal. Take care. Remember too that your adhesions sisters will stick by your side.

Love and hugs, Jenny

>From: "Millie" <>
>To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS
>Subject: Re: Why is my surgeon giving me such a hard time?
>Date: Fri, 23 Feb 2001 22:41:02 -0600
>How did you do with Dr. Redan ? He looked at the scar, annd said it looked
>good. He said it can take 3 months to heal. He said in a few months, he
>could take a look around. I had myself all psyched up, and got the forms
>faxed to the office, and this is what happened. I feel extremely
>disappointed. I can't keep going on like this, but I don't know what else
>do. I know she ruined me with that unneeded hyst.

>>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Jean (from PA)" <>
>To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS"
>Sent: Friday, February 23, 2001 4:54 PM
>Subject: Re: Why is my surgeon giving me such a hard time?
> > At Thu, 22 Feb 2001, Millie wrote:
> > >
> > >Dear
> > >janet,
> > >I have been really miserable all day. This morning when I went to move
> > >bowels, it was like no urge, and then some came out that were about
> > >finger thin. Did you say you ever had any type of bowel obstructions? I
> > >wondering if that's my direction. I am so uncomfortable. My belly hurts
> > >the touch. I have heard of those n.g. tubes, and, my God - I am
>terrified. I
> > >have heard how bad they can be. When do they use it? Only when you
> > >other times?
> > >I think I'm full of adhesions.Janet, when you saw Dr. Redan and Dr.
> > >for the first time, what did they do? Do they do an exam on you? Do
> > >check your abdomen for swelling? I am so scared of a blockage tonight
> > >it isn't funny.
> > >Millie
> >
> > Millie,
> > I met with Dr. Redan and he didn't do anything hurtful or invasive at
> > all. We just talked and then he looked at my abdomen and felt around
> > it....that's it, nothing to be afraid of at all!
> > JEAN (from PA)
> >
> > >

>> > >----- Original Message -----
> > >From: "Janet Karam" <>
> > >To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS"
> > ><>
> > >Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2001 5:13 PM
> > >Subject: Re: Why is my surgeon giving me such a hard time?
> > >
> > >> Dear Sue,
> > >>
> > >> I hope the response of others has comforted and helped you, many of
> > >have
> > >> experienced this rejection. I did myself by my surgeon who preformed
> > >last
> > >> adhesiolysis over a year ago. I went to his office and was charged
> > >> simply for him to tell me "No", he would only perform that procedure
> > >on
> > >> me.
> > >>
> > >> I think Helen D. and Mary Wade say it best when they say these docs
> > >> probably saved us from another surgery that would make us
> > >> seen their skilled hands didn't make us better, and they know they
> > >not
> > >> get better results.
> > >>
> > >> My general surgeon was acclaime one of Denver' best, and every nurse
> > >came
> > >> in contact with, recommended him highly...does this mean he is
> > >knowledgeable
> > >> in the treatment and prevention of adhesions? No, in my case, he
> > >> them, left blood in my abdominal cavity, and only left me to grow
> > >>
> > >> I am glad now that he told me "No" last September, I am grateful
> > >> this site that I have found doctors who are specialized in the lysing
> > >> prevention of adhesions.
> > >>
> > >> Still, I remember leaving his office, barely able to hold back the
> > >We
> > >> are all so vulnerable, and sometimes so desperate...those days come
> > >> I've felt I just can't take this one more day...but then I keep on,
> > >look
> > >> to others and find hope.
> > >>
> > >> Love,
> > >>
> > >> Janet
> > >>
> >
> > --
> > Jean (from PA)
> >

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