Re: Colo-rectal Surgeon Appt-Toni

From: Toni Welsh (
Mon Apr 19 08:11:03 1999

At Sat, 17 Apr 1999, Christine M. Smith wrote: >
>At Fri, 16 Apr 1999, Toni Welsh wrote:
>>At Fri, 16 Apr 1999, Christine M. Smith wrote:
>>>Well, I finally got up the nerve and called my pcp to ask for a referral
>>>to a colo-rectal surgeon. The pcp approved the referral so now I am
>>>hoping to get answers to some of the questions I've been asking. These
>>>doctors treat colon-rectal disorders as well as do surgery. The one I
>>>am going to also has a website. I am optimistic this visit is going to
>>>be productive.
>>>To those of you who have bowel adhesions, do you get weird sensations?
>>>This is a weird feeling in my "problem area" , it isn't cramping or gas
>>>pain, just a feeling like a muscle twitch. Other times it feels like my
>>>gut is tightening , almost like, but not quite as strong as, braxton
>>>hicks contractions in pregnancy. Does this sound familiar to anyone or
>>>am I nuts?
>>I do not remember the contractions, I did not have hard label, I was
>>csection. But the tightening in the abdomen is akmost constant! I use
>>the work very constricting, and that is when I cannot get up from
>>sitting, and I pulled side ways to get in the car tonight, and it hurt
>>really bad to twist the way I did. I also get sharp pulling and small
>>stabbing pains that just are there when ever, they pop up at any time,
>>since the neurotin, seem that it may be helping that alittle, makes it
>>easier to do things. Let me know how your appt. goes, please I am
>>afraid to ask about one, I am afraid the pcp will think I am crazy! But
>>I think the biggest problem with me was that transverse colon had stuck
>>to the pelvic floor, and suppooesed to ne across your navel, also
>>extensive adhesions tho, on all the loops of small bowel.
>>Talk to you soon!
>Hi Toni:
>Looks like this is becoming our private forum here. Braxton Hicks
>contractions aren't labor contractions, they are a tightening of the
>abdomen (I assume in pregnancy its the uterine muscle, but maybe not)
>that occurs periodically starting about 5 or 6 months and getting much
>stronger as the pregnancy progresses.I told the GI doc this is what I
>felt and I found it so weird. He looked at me like I was crazy and said
>you mean labor pain? I said NO. So apparently he didn't know what I was
>talking about either!
>I woke up several times through the night last night in a LOT of
>pain-this is low down in the abdomen and I feel it in my back. I
>haven't had this before. Today I can't straighten up, but am walking
>kind of hunched over. I did about one hour of gardening yesterday,
>surely it couldn't have caused this pain.
>It may be possible for you to see a colo-rectal surgeon without asking
>your pcp, if your insurance does not require a referral. The one I am
>going to does not require referrals , a patient can make his/her own
>appointment. Did you check out the website address I sent in an e-mail?
>A Colo-rectal surgeon would be interested in your transverse colon and
>if he said it was really not a potential problem, I would believe him.
>There is nothing wrong with getting an independent opinion, it isn't
>like you are signing up for surgery. Colo-rectal surgeons also treat
>colon disorders such as IBS. I told my pcp that's what I wanted-another
>opinion to answer the questions that haven't been answered yet. I guess
>he thought it was reasonable. I don't have to have his approval, but my
>insurance will pay more if I get it.

Hi Chris,

This will be short i have to see my grandmother, she is getting weaker and I want to go to see her and spend some time with her today.

You said that your pain had started going to your back, I have had that too and cannot understand that either, but this weekend has been awful, I had alot of pain the kind that feels likee you cannot staighten up, and when you do the entire incision is very tight, and when you straighten up it is stiff and pulls, then the other pulling pain was there agian, it was on the right first and goes over to the left, the sharp pains were there too, just when I think I can tolerate it,things flare up, oh well, you do start to learn to deal with it alittle!

When do you see that surgeon chris? let me know how it goes, I hope you are okay, I am doing fair so far today, if I get my bowels going, I should feel better. That is getting to me, struggling with the bowels. I do wish I knew if the transverse colon has fallen agian, the same pains are there as last summer, but even if it would have my drs say not to worry, they worry more about the small intestine, b/c there were adhesions running the entire small bowel, so I dont know, then another dr worries about the colon, he says it is not healthy for it to be stuck to pelvic floor, this is my frustrations!

Take care I am getting ready to go see grandma, I hope I get aliitle more time before something happens to her!


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