Re: Jenny Low

From: Jean (
Wed Feb 28 21:55:44 2001

At Wed, 28 Feb 2001, Millie wrote: >
>How many surgeries have you had? I had a TAH in January. I now know it was
>unnecessary. I have more pain, and a lot of bowel problems. Constipation and
>constant pain. Dr. Redan felt he couldn't help me right now. I get so afraid
>of bowel obstructions, because I've heard how bad they are, as well as the

Millie, I have had 17 surgeries in all. Out of them "4 were for Adhesions", a Hysterectomy w/ bladder & vaginal repair, 2 C-Sections, Abcessed Cyst on abdomen, 2 hands Carpal Tunnel, 1 Bunion, Calcified Mass in Right Hip, Left Hip Replacement, 2 Revision Replacements on Left Hip, Suture Knot removed Left Hip and Sinus surgery. As a matter of fact I keep telling everyone 17 but actually I had my tonsils taken out as a child so really it is 18!! I also was crippled as a child, in a hospiatal for a month, never went to 4th grade and didn't walk for 3 years.

I think my Hysterctomy also may have been un-necessary. I think it was probably adhesions at that time already, but they did that one vaginal so there was no way of knowing.

If you had a full incision I really don't think they can blow your abdomen up with air for Laproscopy this soon without problems. I know how hard it is to wait when you are in bad pain but I do thin Dr. Redan will help you when he feels it is safe. You have the outer & inner incisions that need to heal. I had one abdominal incision burst open with infection in the past and believe me that is no fun!! I was VERY sick and almost died with a 107 degree fever. They had to pack me in ice and isolate me. They can't re-stitch the incision and it was OPEN for 3 months growing shut on it's own. When I finally went home I had to go to the hospital every day to get it irrigated and dead tissue cut away.

I have been in very bad pain for the past year and haven't walked in a year. I also had 3 surgeries this past year, 6 weeks in a nursing home with intravenous antibiotics and hospitals for 3 weeks. Believe me.....I am also VERY tired of it and wish my adhesion surgery were done & over with.....hopefully it will take away my pains & let me walk again! I ONLY sit, nothing else unless I can just sit for a year now! It has greatly affected my home-based business, friends, etc. Thank God I have a wonderful husband!!!! Hopefully you also have someone supportive! Please try to hang in there until it is safe.

Did Dr. Redan say when it would be safe or if you should call him?

I know alot of people don't advise laxatives but I have had to take 10-12 every night for many many years now, and would never go without them. I tried EVERYTHING else there was to do and nothing worked. I also massage my belly allot (kneading from right to left in circular pattern) and sleep on a full body heating pad every night. I don't touch carbonated beverages...they would be the death of me.....nothing gas producing! I TRY not to take the pain pills unless I am ready to freak out in pain or can't even concentrate cause they constipate even more. I generally put up with alot of pain.

I understand exactly how you feel and you can talk to me any time.

JEAN (from PA)

>>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Jean (from PA)" <>
>To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS"
>Sent: Wednesday, February 28, 2001 1:42 AM
>Subject: Re: Jenny Low
>> At Wed, 28 Feb 2001, Brokenwing wrote:
>> >
>> >Thank-You for your prayers I can really use them right
>> >now! I have lost alot more weight and I still can't eat
>> >anything. I have started to try some baby food like the
>> >fruits and instant breakfast drinks. But anything I seem
>> >to put in my mouth just sits there. I am having to use
>> >lax. every 4 days just to get things to move. I went
>> >to a new family Dr. on friday and he actually spent
>> >an entire hour with my husband and I. He really
>> >listened to what I had to say and said he could tell
>> >this was taking it's toll on me! He gave me some medicine
>> >called Librax has anyone else taken this? I am really
>> >not one to take medicine but I am in so much pain and I
>> >am so weak that it even takes everything out of me just to get a shower.
>> >This is really getting hard on my two boys
>> >and my husband, which I really Thank God for cause I could not have made
>> >it this far with out him, He looks so tired
>> >and worried all the time so if you don't mind tokeep them in your
>> >prayers too. Also the DR. said he could not hear any bowel sounds when
>> >I was there is this something to
>> >worry about? I have had tests that showed no obstructions
>> >is there other possible reasons why there might not be any
>> >sound? Well now that I have talked your ears off I will
>> >get off here. I am so tired even just sitting here for to long. BIG
>> >PAIN FREE HUGS! ~Browkenwing~
>> >
>> >--
>> Brokenwing,
>> My x-rays, Barium Enema, and even the colonoscopy didn't show anything.
>> BUT....when I finally "demanded" exploratory surgery they found the
>> adhesions I "did have" an partial bowel obstruction, and what appeared
>> to be a herniation, all from the adhesions.
>> I had been living on one piece of bread a day at that time, and even
>> felt like I had to use a mallet to force that down.
>> They were all over the pelvis, upper & lower abdomen, omentum and
>> bowels.
>> I think I would probably be like that right now if I didn't take my
>> herb-lax every night....gotta do what I gotta do to survive!
>> Can't even imagine functioning at all without it.
>> I know I would never go to the bathroom and I would never be able to get
>> out of bed.
>> I feel bloated enough even with taking it.
>> Doctors never helped me, only made me worse, so I had to take matters
>> into my own hands.
>> I have been on so many prescription medications in my lifetime I don't
>> remember them all, but I think I was on Librax many years ago. I don't
>> remember anything about it but if you do a search for Librax on the
>> internet I am sure you could find out.
>> Glad to hear you found a doctor you can talk to....hopefully he also
>> helps you!!!
>> You can't keep living without food and losing weight!
>> JEAN (from PA)
>> >
>> --
>> Jean (from PA)

Jean (from PA)

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