At Wed, 16 May 2001, Tim Bloedow wrote:
>My wife has been experiencing chronic abdominal pain for over 3 months
>now. She's had several open surgeries and laparoscopies due to ovarian
>cysts. So, based on our research we figure it is related to adhesions.
>(She has a small hernia, but surgeons say it would only cause localized
>pain, not everything she is feeling.) Today she's all but given up on
>her GP who has accused her of being addicted to the morphine she takes
>regularly to combat the pain (MS Contin and Statex to supplement when
>pain gets worse). He knows nothing about pain control and palliation.
>He tried her on neurontin, and she hates the side-effects; he just
>prescribed Tegretol today but after researching that on the Internet, we
>aren't going to fill the prescription. She is scheduled to see the only
>surgeon who so far has said he would be prepared to open her up again,
>clean up any adhesions (probably fix the hernia while he's in there) and
>hope for the best. Even with no guarantees, my wife is prepared to go
>this route because nothing else is helping (including the 3 or 4
>anaesthetic injections she's been given by a couple of other doctors).
>Is this a good idea or should she explore other alternatives before
>agreeing with the surgery?
>Also, we are in the Ottawa, Canada area. If anybody can recommend a new
>GP to use who doesn't say that adhesions don't cause pain that would be
>a great help. Also recommendations regarding surgeons would be a help
>too. This surgeon we are seeing is just a general surgeon and we aren't
>sure how comfortable we are with him.
>Thanks for any help anybody can offer.