PAIN...results when adhesions attach organs together....

From: Helen Dynda (
Fri Jul 26 17:23:24 2002

The intestines/bowels (including the colon) do NOT have nerve endings; but the peritoneum DOES!!

When adhesions attach abdominal/pelvic organs to the peritoneum and/or to each other, this will cause pain!!

Mature adhesions can cause a pulling, tuggin action on the internal organs; and can also cause internal organs to be twisted while in its normal place (anatomy-wise) in the abdominal/pelvic cavity

When adhesions become "wrapped" around the bladder or any other organ, the adhesions will affect the normal function of that organ...and cause pain!!


The peristalsis function of the bowels - as digested food is being moved through the bowel to the storage place of the large bowel and finally to elimination (bowel movements) - will continually cause a pulling, tugging on the peritoneum and/or any other internal organ the bowel may be attached to. The continuous irritation of these internal organs will cause inflammation of the peritoneum and other problems with other internal organs.

If your colon - or any other organ in the abdominal/pelvic cavity - is tethered (attached) down by adhesions, the tethering will cause irritation...and you will experience pain!!

Considering so many doctors do NOT believe that adhesions can and do cause pain, this will give you a chance to share your knowledge of ARD, pain medications, and related-subjects with these medical professionals. IF YOU HAVE EDUCATED YOURSELF ABOUT ARD-RELATED TOPICS, you will be able to evaluate for yourself whether your doctor or pain specialist is knowledgeable about treating ARD. Is he/she validating your symptoms? Is he/she making an effort to do as much as he/she can to help you? .. If your knowledge about ARD disagrees with what your doctor or pain specialist tells you, then it's time to look for a medical professional, who will!!! Any doctor, who states that adhesions do not cause pain - and refuses to educate him/her self about ARD - will not only do you an injustice by not believing your pain, but he/she will also deplete your financial resources on unnecessary and expensive diagnostic tests!!

I've read that medical schools do not offer much instruction relative to pain management in their curriculum; and this lack of knowledge helps to explain why "some" doctors are deficient in their ability to help people, who suffer from chronic pain.

If you really feel comfortable with the doctor you are now seeing, does your doctor have a true understanding regarding adhesion related disorder (ARD) pain? If you sense your doctor has a problem with identifying and treating ARD symptoms, ask him/her if he would be willing to learn more about ARD. If the doctor is willing, then you can print-out some of the best websites about ARD; and then you will be able to form the best kind of relationship that's possible between doctor and patient!!

Doctors are very busy professionals!! Because of time constraints, they don't have a lot of time to keep up with the advances that are made in medicine. Adhesions Related Disorder (ARD) IS NEW INFORMATION for a lot of doctors!!

When the IAS went online in April 1999, there were very few topics about adhesions!! TODAY...there is a an explosion of information about ARD and related information!! I'm sure that the presence of the INTERNATIONAL ADHESIONS SOCIETY on the Internet, has impacted and helped to spread the truth about ARD....across the entire world!!!

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