Re: complications from adhesions?-Ginny

From: Ginny King (
Tue Jun 15 17:34:40 1999

At Tue, 15 Jun 1999, Tina Shelby wrote: >>
>The GI Doc didn't even acknowledge that the adhesions were a possible source
>of the pain. GI docs are good for problems actually within the small
>intestine/colon but not on anything on the outside - like adhesions. I was
>sent home with no real answers for these episodes of suicidal levels of
>pain, fever, elevated WBC, vomiting and explosive diarrhea. Being in the
>medical profession - I did a little research on my own and decided that I
>was having some partial, intermittant bowel obstruction that they just
>didn't pick up on with the x-rays. About 6 months later I ended up having an
>open lap with lysis of adhesions and removal of my rt tube and ovary. This
>gave me about 9 months of being pain free. Then the pain returned 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.

Tina, Boy do your symtoms sound so similar to mine. They told me the "explosive" diahrrea was a viral infection. They could not explain why I have it for 6-8 weeks at a time or why it occurs two to three times a year, every year. Thanks for your advice. I'm going to keep trying. Hang in there. Ginny

Ginny King

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