Re: I'm a newcomer

From: Christine M. Smith (smithy@maine.rr.com)
Fri Oct 15 16:27:28 1999


At Fri, 15 Oct 1999, Deedra Climer wrote: >
>I have an appointment with the gi on October 20th. Sure he's going to
>do a colonoscopy. What is the connection between IBS and adhesions? Is
>it just a coincidence that so many people who post here have it? Or is
>there something about adhesions that makes you prone to it? I am betting
>that I come away from my colonoscopy with a diagnosis of IBS. My
>symptoms (with the exception of the blood in my stool) sound like IBS.
>I'd like to get a feel for what has helped others with this dual
>diagnosis of adhesions and IBS. Does keeping your bowels empty help?
>
>There was a guy on the radio last week saying that the average person
>has 12 pounds of stool in their body at any given time. He was pushing
>an herbal tea that "cleans you out"....claimed that you would have an
>'elimination' of 4 - 5 ft long and 1 1/2 inch diameter! My abdomen feels
>so full all the time, I am thinking that I would feel much better if I
>were empty. Any thoughts on that?
>
>At Sat, 9 Oct 1999, Ginny King wrote:
>>
>>Hi Deedra:
>>
>>I too have had blood in the stool. Mucous and bloating and pain can be
>>symtoms of irritable bowel syndrome, but blood is not a symptom of this
>>and should be checked out by a gi. Colonoscopy is not as bad as it
>>sounds. The prep is worse than the proceedure and it's over very
>>quickly. You probably won't even remember much of the proceedure at all
>>and it is typically painless. In my case they diagnosed Crohn's, but I
>>as well as blood, I had fevers, elevated white blood cell counts, pain,
>>eye and back problems that had been going on over several years. Is
>>this your first experience with blood? I am not a medical professional,
>>just speaking from experience, but blood should always warrant a full
>>workup by a gi. Sometimes a singular experience with blood can be as
>>simple as over use of an anti-imflammatory medications such as advil or
>>a intestinal flu that aggravates the lining of the intestine. Again, I
>>am not a professional I just want you to know what are some of the
>>causes of blood and to not scare you, but encourage you to follow up
>>with the gi. I agree with others about the hysterectomy. I had one two
>>years ago for adenomyoisis and the adhesions just fill in where the
>>organs used to be. I don't think this is a good option for a person
>>with adhesions unless there are other problems that warrant it. Not
>>that adhesions are not a problem as we all know. I am giving the pain
>>management route a try starting on Monday as I don't want anymore
>>surgery and neither do my doctors. Take care and welcome to the forum.
>>Ginny
>>
>>At Fri, 8 Oct 1999, Deedra Climer wrote:
>>>
>>>Hello everyone. I am new at this whole internet thing....was very
>>>suprised to find so much info out there on a problem I had thought was
>>>mine. I am 32 yo, hx of pid & gallbladder surgery. I was diagnosed
>>>with p.a. 4 years ago when my ob/gyn told me that they are so extensive
>>>that my only option is hysterectomy. One tube and ovary are adhered to
>>>my bowel, the other tube and ovary are "totally obliterated". After
>>>finding mucous (sp)and blood in my stool and having increased bloating
>>>and pain, I went to the doctor yesterday and he has blown me off and
>>>sent me to a gastro. I guess a gastro could be helpful in determining
>>>if there is any obstruction. I am bummed. The ob/gyn says that there
>>>is a good chance of a colostomy if he tried to remove the adhesions from
>>>my bowels. Doesn't sound like fun to me. Anyone have any thoughts on
>>>this? Has anyone else been told that hysterectomy is the only option?

Hi Deedra: You probably know it already, but I have read that blood in the stool should never be considered normal until worked up thoroughly.(and even then it is never normal, but may not be dangerous, i.e. hemorrhoids) It is never part of a diagnosis of IBS. I got this on a website for a local colo-rectal surgeon.

Chris S.


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