Living with Abdominal Adhesions

by Cathy Spires
(Saint Matthews, SC USA)

Cathy Spires, age 55. As of age 16, I had an ovarian cyst the size of a grapefruit that ruptured. This of course required emergency surgery.


Thereafter I have had at least 6 endoscopic surgeries for cyst formation on my ovaries. At age 20 I had a C-Section and by age 26 I had a total hysterectomy. There the trouble began. As of last April 2010, I had my 8th Intestinal Blockage surgery. March 2011 I had another intestinal blockage, was admitted for fluids due to dehydration. My surgeon wanted to perform surgery but I denied treament due to just starting a job. I am presently living off of soup, potatoes and noodles. I am unable to eat corn, popcorn, peanuts, red meat, shrip anything unable to digest. I was told I have diverticular disease also, which in itself can cause blockage. I presently take Librax for the stomach spasms but find my pain is worse at night. It really doesn't help the pain at night but only when I have a blockage. Previous Doctor's used mesh which caused major problems. But as of last years surgery, all has been removed..I hope. I stay constipated and live off of milk of magnesia. My question is are there any medications to take to deter the formation of scar adhesions? Any new drugs to help with the pain and constipation?

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Nov 16, 2011
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ADHESIONS
by: GILLIAN

I AM JUST ON MY SECOND LAPAROTOMY IN TWO YEARS FOR REMOVAL OF ADHESIONS(CONGENITAL) (AGE 63 AND 65)..I ASKED MY SURGEON IF THERE WAS ANYTHING I COULD DO TO PREVENT REOCCURRENCE AND HE SAID NO.....IT WILL PROBABLY HAPPEN AGAIN... IT HAPPENS SO SUDDENLY WITH ME NO WARNINGS THAT I AM DISTRAUGHT ABOUT IT HAPPENING AGAIN ANYTIME ANYWHERE.....AND LIKE YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF THERE IS ANY MEDICATION - DIET THAT WOULD HELP PREVENT IT HAPPENING AGAIN...DREAD TO THINK OF A LAPAROTOMY EVERY 2 YEARS....I SYMPATHISE WITH YOU ENTIRELY.

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