Re: Some days are better than others....Denise

From: Christine M. Smith (
Sat Jun 12 20:24:25 1999

At Fri, 11 Jun 1999, Denise Olson wrote: >
>Hello everyone...
>I am a 40yr old female who has wall to wall
>adhesions in my abdomen. This week has been
>really hard on me. Even with my pain medicine,
>I've had that constant pain. I'm not able to
>work full time,( I am a counselor)I work on call
>I look at my house and it could use a good spring
>cleaning. Well, thats not really the issue. The
>issue is that I cant do the things that I once
>was able to do. And thats what bothers me. Most
>days I dont even think about.... well, not most
>days. The pain has been waking me up at night.
>Well, I guess I would really like to know how
>some of you women cope with this? Today isn't
>the best. Thanks for being there.
>Denise Olson

Hi Denise: I can't say that I'm coping very well. I'm still on the roller coaster ride called "trying to get a diagnosis." (I was doing better when I was 100 % sure it was adhesions, believe it or not!) It's been going on for 2 years. Do I dare get my hopes up about the MRI I am having on Monday (and even if something shows up on it, will they be able to do anything about it?) or is this going to be another "well,it's not that." I tried exercise because they tell you that's good for you-raises your endorphins. Well, it made me worse. I started a heart healthy diet and what do I get-major bowel problems from the increase in fiber. I've found that admitting that there are limitations in what you can accomplish helps. I only work 20 hours per week and I turn down all "offers" to work extra, except under very unusual circumstances. You have to get the sleep disturbances under control because sleep deprivation will effect everything else.

Chris S.

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