Re: complications from adhesions?-Ginny

From: Christine M. Smith (
Sun Jun 13 18:30:22 1999

At Sun, 13 Jun 1999, Ginny King wrote: >
>Sherry and Christine,
>I started having the pain in my side nine years ago after a serious
>infection that developed into pertonitis. Two years after that I had a
>lap to remove adhesions from the uterus and overies and the hysterectomy
>(vaginal) two years ago. All during this time the right side pain has
>continued with periodic infections (twice a year or so) that would last
>for six to eight weeks. The doctor said that from the angle he was at
>during the hysterectomy the appendix looked fine. I was in shock that
>considering all the adhesions I had elsewhere he did not deem it
>neccessary to look at the intestines or closer to the appendix. I have
>since gone to another OBGYN and GI. There is no damage that they can
>see to the intestines (no hemorhoids either) during colonoscopy so they
>have diagnosed irritable bowel. This is so frustrating because even I
>know that IBS does not cause fevers, elevated white blood cell counts or
>bleeding nor the type of point specific pain I have. I have always
>suspected that the adhesions are in the appendix area and that I might
>have a chronic infection that flares up. It seems that the more doctors
>you go to see, the more they treat you as a "ditzy" women with hysteria
>induced pain. Sorry this is so wordy, but this is the first time I have
>had anyone I can talk with and it really helps. Thanks. Ginny
>Ginny King

Hi Ginny: The colo-rectal doctor I saw has a website and on it he says that IBS does NOT cause intestinal bleeding and any such bleeding must be investigated. It is very frustrating not getting diagnosis (2 years for me) but I really feel that I have never been treated like a hysterical woman. They repeated my laparoscopy 6 months after the first and all I was complaining about at that time was right lower quadrant pain. (of course they knew I had adhesions left behind from the first lap) Right now my pcp is stumped and that scares me. The infections, white count and pain sound scary, I am assuming you are treated with antibiotics at this time? Post away whenever you feel like it, don't worry about being wordy.

Chris S.

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