Re: gross question

From: Janet Karam (
Tue Aug 7 16:58:52 2001

Dear Rosie,

I'm glad you wrote in, and hope you will continue....ther is no prerequisite for the hows and whys of your pain. What you've described is familiar to most of us I'm sure who suffer with adhesions, especially of the pelvic region. That deep recal pain is a real booger, and I'm sorry you're experiencing that. I experience that (well, used to!), during sex, as well as with bm, or sometimes even for periods of time afterwards. Because adhesions can pull or distort your rectum, sigmoid colon, etc., this can cause the "pressed" poop you described.

I try to prevent bowel obstructions by sticking to foods that will easily pass through, this gives me less fear and more peace of mind. If you were to eat pizza, meat or other foods that are hard to digest or pass, you will probably be more at risk if it is in fact adhesions that are causing narrowing in your intestines.

Please keep posting!

Love and hugs,


>----- Original Message -----

From: Rosie

To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS

Sent: 8/7/01 1:50:27 PM

Subject: gross question

Hi! I haven't posted in a long time as I feel I haven't really had anything

to contribute as I only suspect that I have adhesions - I've never had a

surgery for them as of yet. I had a Hysterectomy almost 2 years ago (I've

told everyone my story before so I won't bore everyone by repeating it) but

it was a nightmare complete with Staph infection, 2nd surgery, etc. etc. I

have had pain everyday since the surgery (which I didn't need to begin with

(IMO) - 20/20 hindsight. Anyway, my GYN (the 3rd I have consulted) says I

"probably" have adhesions on my bladder and intestines. I have had bladder

pain for almost a year now and have been to a Urologist who did tests, etc.

and said it was probably adhesions but all he had to offer were pain meds

which I refused. My new GYN's only recommendation was that I go to the Mayo

clinic. After reading on this list about how that clinic doesn't really

acknowledge that adhesions cause pain, etc. I really don't want to waste the

time and money. I have another rather new symptom that I want to ask you all

about. It's rather gross, but here goes - over the last few weeks I have

noticed that my bowel movements are looking different - more flattened and

sometimes I have pain (rather a deep ache) far up into my rectum. I have

this same pain sometimes after sex and I don't know why I would have pain in

that particular part of my anatomy after sex. Anyway, I was wondering just

what my options are. I don't think any doctor wants to do surgery as long as

there is no obstruction and I have regular bowel movements - just the change

in appearance and a little more pain. Is this something that can stabilize

and maybe never get worse than it is now (I could live with that) or do I

have something horrible to look forward to and this is just the first sign

of worse things to come soon. I'm hoping to hear something encouraging. I

don't know if an obstruction is just around the corner (my sister in law had

a Hysterectomy the week after me and already had to have a foot of

intestines removed due to adhesions last year). When I ask my doctor about

it, he never has much to say about it and just suggests pain pills and

vaguely says something about how it probably wouldn't get any worse. I'm

really hoping he's right - what do you all think and have any of you had the

same symptoms? Sorry for the long post.


--- Janet Karam


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