Re: Intestinal Adhesions

From: Janet Karam (
Tue Feb 27 20:45:40 2001

Do you have a family doc close by where you can get your blood drawn? I would guess this would be the quickest way to find out if you have a serious infection, as they would have indication with your white blood count.

The question of an adhesion specialist might take you a little longer. I have chosen to have an adhesiolysis at the Adhesion Center in PA. Helen Dynda might also be able to help you with a doctor in your area.



>----- Original Message -----
From: To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS" <> Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2001 6:56 PM Subject: Intestinal Adhesions

> 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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