Re: my adhesion story-Karen

From: Christine M. Smith (
Thu Apr 15 11:55:38 1999

At Thu, 15 Apr 1999, Karen O'Keefe wrote: >
>Hi Chris,
>I've had severe attacks for about 15 years which sound similar to yours.
>I have massive abdominal adhesions as well as endo and have been deemed
>"inoperable". When I have gas pain attacks, I quickly take some charcoal
>tablets - if you don't have those, take some OTC maximum strength gas
>geltabs - and do it as soon as you notice it coming on. The charcoal
>tablets take a little longer to work, it seems, but it's much gentler on
>your system, very natural. If I wait too long, it becomes a full-blown
>attack which is not only excruciatingly painful, but it takes a long
>time to recover. My body becomes exhausted from the pain.
>My symptoms are brought on by hunger, some kinds of foods, needing to
>have a bowel movement (which is painful enough as it is), stress. It's a
>daily occurrence but I've learned to take action to try to deal with it.
>Just thought you might want to give this a try. My doctors think it's
>ridiculous but I have to tell you, it really works for me. Good luck!
>Karen O'Keefe

Hi Karen:

Where do you get charcoal tablets?

I'm sorry your adhesions are so bad. I know someone else like that and hope that she will soon join the forum. My adhesions are not that bad, just in one particular area (sigmoid colon)I worry that these will put me at risk for other more serious colon problems, such as twisting of the bowel, now that the adhesions have been "tampered with" and are no longer "stable".

Why do your doctors think your way of dealing with your problem is ridiculous? Do they have any better suggestions?

Chris S.

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