Living with Adhesions

From: IAS Admin (
Wed Sep 30 20:26:47 2009

From: linda [] Sent: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 10:24 PM To: Subject: Re: Living with Adhesions

Thanks for the info about Phillips Milk of Magnesia. I am also considering Dr. Semertzides for surgery.

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From: "IAS Admin (Tracy)" <> To: "Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS" <> Sent: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 5:26 AM Subject: Living with Adhesions

> Sender: (Wendy)
> Subject: Re: Living with Adhesions
> Hello,
> I have had the same story as everything I have read on this site today.
> I was malnourished enough to begin having physical problems from it. I
> could not eat at all for weeks at a time and sometimes could not even
> drink water or smell food because when anything triggered the
> paristalsis (movement of colon), I was overcome with pain. However, I
> found a gastro doctor that while he has not cured my adhesions nor
> recommended surgery (due to all the reasons all the others have stated),
> he did change my life with medication. It sounds oversimplified and
> like it is not going to work which is what I thought at the time, but
> boy did it work!! The medication is over the counter and is Phillips
> Milk of Magnesia. He told me that although it is a laxitive, it has NO
> STIMULANTS and works more like a very strong stool softener by drawing
> water from your body into your colon. This thins out the stools so that
> they pass through more easily and routinely so that gas and stool does
> not build up. He said as much can be taken as needed because it does
> not absorbe into the body. I started with the chewable ones, 10 per
> day, which must be taken with water. I have since switched to the
> liquid which is much stronger, as my adhesions have narrowed my colon
> significantly more over the last 2 years. I now take 5 tablespoons a
> day. I am 5'4'' and weigh 130 lbs. I have been on Phillips 6-7 years
> and they have been as much change from the 10 years before that as
> daylight and dark. I am now looking at Dr. John Semertzides to
> consider going to Ohio to have surgery because he is reportedly using a
> new material to prevent the re-growth of the adhesions. Good luck to
> you!

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