Adhesions and Pain Management

From: Daniel J (
Wed Oct 25 22:19:50 2006

Some of you know my story, but its been a long year testing (CT scans, EGD's ERCP's, Ultrasounds, Hydrogen Tests, a test for Celia disease and others) and we are left finally with the adhesions that we thought were the problem all along. Seven years ago, when I had my ileostomy surgery, the doctors had me on the table removing the adhesions I had acquired from the surgery fifteen years before to remove my colon. The surgeon I have lately seen (but who did niether of the previous surgeries) sent me for a Barium X-Ray to see if the pain was caused by a blockage due to adhesions. He found nothing, as did the rest, but the pain is still there and absent a blockage, he will not perform a surgery for the adhesions because, of course, surgery will only produce further adhesions. So he has put me on Librax to calm my intestines, hoping that that will relieve the pain. It really has done nothing for the pain and as of now, he wants to wait and see with no further appointment. I've been frustrated with this for well over a year now, but at least feel confident that adhesions are the problem. I am just now frustrated with dealing with the pain and nausea and fatigue. Does a person seek pain management for this? Would one have to be referred to a pain management specialist by a surgeon? Or can one simply find one in the phone book? I can live with this if I know that there is some occasional relief. Any suggestions? I sure appreciate those of you who have responded to previous messages! Take care!

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