From: Rob (
Mon May 1 23:08:59 2006

Hello, I am a 38 year old male in California. I have been reading this site for over a year now and get great comfort to know that there are many others out there just like me. I was born with a duplicate bowel. At 18 months old, I had my first bowel obstruction due to the non-working bowel strangling my operating bowel. 14 years later, I had my appendix removed. When I was 18, I had my second bowel obstruction in which surgery was performed again. When I was 31, I had my fourth surgery for a hernia. For the past six years, I have been hospitalized at least once a year for partial bowel obstructions. I am usually in the hospital for 2-5 days with the old NG tube shoved down my nose to decompress my stomach and loaded up on pain meds. This year, I went in on October for what I thought was a partial bowel obstruction. It was not. Apparently, the scar tissue around my hernia surgery has entrapped a nerve and I have terrible pain 24-7. I went through the normal route of Colonoscopy, CT Scan and all of the other awful test you have to go through. I then started to see a pain specialist in November and have been put on Vicadin, Cymbalta, Muscle Relaxers and Ambian to help me sleep. I told the doc that the Vicadin is not even killing the pain anymore. So, he shot me full of Cortisone and a local solution. In which this made my stomache problems worse. He then sent me to a surgeon yesterday. The Surg. refuses to operate. The sensible side to me understands the reason why- more surgery, more scar tissue. In addition, he mentioned that if he did the surgery, I could lose one of my testicles.

My stomach has so much scar tissue that it is painful to the touch. I am at the end of my rope. I often think about just calling quits. However, the rational side of my brain would never leave my 4 year old son and 2 year old daughter. I just don't know what to do. I am so frustrated as many of you are. I just feel like there is this code among the doctors that they do not want to do any surgery.

Has anybody tried Accupunture? Do you folks suggest a stronger pain killer? Should I stop taking all the meds since I feel terrible when I take them? I am at a loss. Please help.......


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