From: International Adhesions Society (
Sat Oct 1 18:19:56 2005

From: [] On Behalf Of Elizabeth whitt Sent: Wednesday, September 28, 2005 8:05 AM Subject: Re: adhesion/colonoscopy

Hi Christie, I'm new to this board but have been suffering with adhesions and other problems for about three years now (at least that's how long i've been diagnosed).

MY GI doc has helped me out somewhat as due to the adhesions that were all over the bowels I dealt with massive spasms and was only having a bowel movement every 4-5 days. Misery! She prescribed a couple of prescriptions to help with the spasms and then I take fiber and metamucil on a daily basis.

I've had several colonoscopies to ensure that I didn't have a bowel blockage again. I also had an endoscopy as over the years I have taken massive amounts of Advil, Tylenol, etc. for the pain since docs are so apprehensive these days about giving pain meds that it has now caused acid reflux and my esophagus to be inflammed. I really hate colonoscopies, at least the prep., but it did help to rule out that I had no obstructions. Fortunately, my GI doc is a female which to me makes a difference. She is very understanding and has communicated frequentyly with the two GYN's that I have and during the last procedure she told me that due to my history she would be certain not to "force" the scope so that she wouldn't end up perforating the bowel.

I agree, most do not understand what we go through due to this problem. I in addition to the massive adhesions also have ovarian remnant syndrome. Talk about a pain - literally! I just had surgery in Pittsburgh on 8/26 for this. The GYN is pretty sure that he got all of the remnants out after a 6 hour surgery. This was my fifth surgery in 2 1/2 years! He doesn't beliveve that the adhesions cause pain!

I get so mad when they say that as I totally disagree. If this surgery did not work, he blatantly stated that he WILL NOT ever go in again as my insides were such a mess that he wouldn't or couldn't do anything with them. This is coming from a specialist GYN that I was referred to by my GYN locally as here where I live they did not know what else to do with me. He spent two hours of the surgery just "dissecting" my bowels. I am now taking Lupron injections hoping that it will keep the ovarian remnants from regrowing. Long story as to how that happened! lol

At any rate, in my opinion a GOOD GI doc is very beneficial to your treatment.

Hang in there, I know all too well how difficult it is to function everyday with this problem. It is so tough for me to continue to work, but hey, what choice do I have?

Hopefully, this helped some as far as the info. is concerned, and thanks for listening. :>) DawnB

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