Intestinal Adhesions

Tue Feb 27 19:54:47 2001

Last summer, I had misdiagnosed pelvic pain that developed into peritonitis. As a result of the infection, I developed adhesions connecting the upper right loop of the colon to the abdominal wall. My main chronic symptom was back pain that was worse with activity. Ever since that infection, anytime I get a cold or the flu my fingernails stop growing and "rings" develop. This also happened when I had the peritonitis. I am concerned about this since I have always been healthy as a horse and have never had persitent problems with ridges in my nails and see it as a sign that there is something wrong with my overall health since it is a recurrent problem.

Over 2 1/2 weeks ago, I had a exploratory surgery in which the adhesions were discovered and burned away. I STILL have back pain where the adhesions were burned away and I would consider the pain to be worse than before the surgery... and now have an additional pain in the upper right pelvic area. My doctor is unsure of what it may be and has mentioned that it might be a pulled muscle. She is an obgyn specialist that admits that intestinal adhesions are not her area of expertise and wants me to look elsewhere for help. To me, it almost feels like I yanked something inside and it snapped and now it hurts. It is worse when I change positions, worse at night and first thing in the morning. My surgical wounds were slow to heal since most of the biodegradeable stiches were visible in the wounds and keeping them open after my other stiches were removed. Is it possible I could have an infection brewing? I did not have a fever when I had peritonitis last summer and if my nails hadn't stopped growing, we wouldn't have thought it was an infection since my only symptom was pain... and I just slowly deteriorated over time and became extremely weak. I find the current pulled muscle story to be plausible but unlikely since I have had so much pain since the surgery. We believe the back pain is inflammation and/or adhesions trying to grow back but don't have a suggestion for the new pain in front. Any suggestions?

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