>From: email@example.com (Gina)
>To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Question on adhesions
>Date: Thu, 21 Oct 1999 10:06:19 -0500
>I am new here, though by all rights I should have been here 18 years ago
>because that's when my adventure with adhesions began. Only I didn't
>know it (and docs didn't dx it) til I had surgery 8/12/99. Now I am
>known as "adhesion prone". Yippeeee! (BTW, I have a weird sense of
>humor, better to laugh than cry most days).
>Anyway, it wasn't til after my 2nd surgery (9/15/99) that I researched
>adhesions and found out it was possible to prevent them with exercise
>immediately after surgery, or with barriers, etc. No one told me--even
>though they knew I was adhesion prone. So I laid flat for 2 weeks solid
>"resting", hardly ever moving because I was told not to "over-do" it,
>etc. Now I find out it was the worst thing I could have done! It "set"
>my new adhesions permanently doing that, I think?
>Anyway I am getting tired of everyone (friends & family) telling me the
>best thing for adhesions is exercise. Sure in the beginning that might
>be true to keep them from attaching. But at 5 weeks post-op, when they
>have already started to harden and be permanently attached, most
>exercise hurts!!! ALOT! I can walk for a short time comfortably, but any
>bending, twisting, tummy and lower back area stuff is excruciating.
>Are they right? Should I be trying to exercise through the pain to
>detach them? Are my new adhesions permanent at 5 weeks, and hard? Is
>there anything I can do besides surgery and pills, to get rid of the
>pain and the adhesions at 5 weeks post-op?
>My doc who did the surgery told me that yes I do have new adhesions
>again in pelvic area, and I will just have to live with chronic pain. He
>told me that at 2 & 1/2 weeks post-op! He gave up. He said no one will
>operate to remove adhesions only, just because it hurts. He also said
>in my case any surgery to remove adhesions would make more (even
>laprascopy since that was how these last 2 surgeries were done, and both
>created new adhesions). I am not ready to accept "chronic pain" when it
>seems early enough to do SOME thing about them?