Re: Newby

From: Robin (
Mon Feb 26 07:59:43 2001

Adhesions start to grow within hours of surgery, but, once there, they do not spread. Any organ has the possibility of having an adhesion attached. Many here have been diagnosed with irritable bowel. The only way to have adhesions diagnosed is surgery. A specialist in adhesion removal is the best chance you have to reduce adhesion reformation. Hope this helps. Robin in New Mexico

At Sun, 25 Feb 2001, Jann213 wrote: >
>Late last year after I had a colonoscopy I was diagnosed with intestinal
>adhesions. During the procedure, the Dr had difficulty getting through
>the small intestine. For the past 4 years I have experienced pain in the
>upper abdomen, the left side and left pelvic area. I have had bouts of
>nausea, vomiting, diarreha and constipation. I have had Ultra sounds
>and CT scans which wer all normal. The adhesions evidently developed
>from a polypectomy I had in 1989. For several years these digestive
>problems were continually mis-diagnosed. Now I believe my problems are
>from the adhesions. My Dr's (Internist and Gastroenterologist) say that
>any surgery performed will just create additional adhesions. They also
>say I have IBS but I believe the adhesions are the culprit. I have
>altered my diet limiting carbohydrates, and absolutely no processed
>sugar as it creates gas which is the worst. I take Donatal for
>intestinal spasms. I have a BM every day, however they are soft and
>pencil thin. Drinking water and daily excercise is crucial for me. I
>have not lost any weight, as a matter of fact, I am overweight even
>though I eat very little meat, virtually no fat and no starch. This
>makes me wonder if there are absorption problems.
>I don't feel I have all the information that might be available. I have
>many many questions. My Dr's appear to have limited knowledge. I am
>retired and live in AZ. Any suggestions as to where I can get my
>questions answered?
>Questions Like:
>Once they have formed, how rapidly do they grow or spread?
>Is there a point where the growth stops?
>How can the extent of their growth or spread be determined?
>Should I be concerned that they may be attached to other organs?
>Could they be the cause of abdominal distension (when no gas is present
>and BM's are regular) because of the
>extra tissue that has formed?
>What is the prognosis for people with abdominal adhesions or is there
>Are there suggestions for living with and successfully managing
>Sorry to be so long-winded. I am new at this.

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