Re: complications from adhesions?-Ginny

From: Christine M. Smith (
Tue Jun 15 11:04:23 1999

At Tue, 15 Jun 1999, Tina Shelby wrote: >
>At 06:36 PM 6/14/99 -0500, you wrote:
>>At Mon, 14 Jun 1999, Tina Shelby wrote:
>>>i just wanted to let you know - when my adhesions were at their worst - I
>>>has hospitalized for 4 days because of the severe pain and fever and
>>>elevated white count. This happened three months in a row - every test in
>>>the book was run and everything was "normal" I sent for my GI report and the
>>>doc dictated that everything in the colon was normal. He also said that the
>>>colon was fixed due to adhesions but he never acknowledged that the
>>>adhesions were causing the pain - go figure!


ed and >gradually got worse again. It's just a viscious cycle - pain - major surgery
>- pain - more surgery - . I've decided to not have any more surgery unless I
>have no choice such as a complete bowel obstruction.
>I have worked with GI docs and most put the patient under heavy sedation to
>perform sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy. If I were you - esp if the next test
>they want to do is a colonoscopy - refuse to have it done without sedation.
>You can call other GIs in your area and ask if they use sedation for their
>colon tests. I feel confident you will find one who does. It is cruel and
>inhumane to put someone through a test like that wide awake - esp if you are
>already dealing with a great deal of pain.


In this area sigmoidoscopies are an office procedure and are generally done without sedation and colonoscopies are done under what is called "conscious sedation". Around here that is demerol (pain killer) and versed (amnesiac) I don't think you could do a colonoscopy on a person with out this.

Chris S.

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