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From: "Sarah" <email@example.com> To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sunday, July 07, 2002 1:17 PM Subject: Want to give up!
> Hello everyone. I'm 31 yrs. old, and have had a total hysterectomy,
> due to problems with endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and mostly adhesions
> & the horrible pain associated with them. Approximately 2 years after
> my hystorectomy, I went to my dr. for severe abdominal pain. I told
> him I was sure I had adhesions, but doctors don't like to have patients
> tell them what is wrong. I was admitted to the hospital, and a surgeon
> consulted with me. He was concerned it could be my appendix, so he did
> an apendectomy. He said the appendix was fine, but I had severe
> adhesions (duh!!!). Less than 2 years after this, I went to my family
> dr. again, with the same problems. She agreed I needed another
> laparoscopy. I saw 3 surgeons who refused to do surgery on me. Oh
> yeah, I forgot to say before my hyst., I had approx. 10 laparoscopys.
> Anyway, I tried expaining to the doctors that even though the adhesions
> would most likely come back, I would at least get 6 months of relief
> from pain, which was worth it to me. They all said no. My family dr.
> admitted me to hospital. The surgeon who removed my appendix came & saw
> me, and remembered me from previous surgery. He wanted a pain
> specialist to try a nerve block before we did anything else. We tried
> this, and it didn't work. I had read about Seprafilm - the adhesion
> barrier, and convinced him I wanted to try it, that I had nothing at all
> to lose. He finally agreed. He was very surprised by how severe my
> adhesions were again, and understood why I was in so much pain. He said
> he put 2 layers (???) of the film on me after removing the adhesions.
> This past surgery was December 2001, and I'm already in pain again. I've
> been told that no one will do surgery on me again, unless I have a bowel
> obstruction. I don't know where to go now. I realize that surgery only
> helps the problem for a while, but isn't that better than waiting until
> the adhesions get so bad that I would have a bowel obstruction??? I
> mean, isn't that serious in itself??? Any comments, and or suggestions
> would be greatly apprecaited. I don't mind seeing a pain specialist,
> but that still doesn't stop the adhesions, which will continue to get
> worse & worse if they are ignored!
> Thanks for letting me rant & rave. Have a great day.