Sometimes We Have No Other Choice

From: Lis:- (
Sun Aug 2 18:39:51 2009

After some thought and prayer, I scheduled another surgery with Dr. Redan today. To the average person, 17 months between surgeries is a short amount of time. But for me, it was a time of drastically reduced pain, more energy and an upward spike in my emotional well being because my body had a chance to rest, even if for a while.

Last year, because surgery was performed in the spring, I truly got to enjoy my summer. I planted a garden, walked daily and had a wonderful vacation with my family.

My problems began again in November. As a church worship leader, I struggled through Christmas productions with increasing pain and horrible abdominal distention. By May of this year, my symptoms were full blown.

I agonized over the decision. I dread the bowel prep and the trip from Ga. my husband and I will have to make. But, in the end, I'm so grateful that Dr. Redan is there to help me have another good year.

After more than 20 years, I still question my sanity, wonder if "it's in my head" I do the things we're told to do like eat more fiber, take an antidepressant, exercise, get PT, blah, blah, blah. But, that isn't enough to keep adhesions out of my abdomen.

I hope this helps someone who may be feeling hopeless. If you have valid medical records that clearly show you have adhesions, please call Dr. Redan,

For me,relief is in sight. For how long, I don't know. But,it's okay because I'll be better that I am right now. Many medical professionals discourage elective surgical procedures, saying we're only making matters worse. But, in the end, the sufferer, has to make a decision based on what is right for your situation. It is not a choice we want to make, it's sometime our only choice.

Thank you Dr. Redan for giving me an option.

I have been on a gluten free diet for nearly 10 years now(Celiac Disease) There is no question that it can help those with adhesions simply because you are not putting as much strain on your intestines and digestive track. I very RARELY ever "cheat" because I KNOW what will follow. Days of fatigue, bouts of severe constipation,back pain, etc. Having said that, unless you are a Celiac, the diet is not ideal for everyone and is hard to follow properly if you eat out a lot or don't read food labels. Have a great New Year everybody! Lis:)

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