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Adhesion's after surgery

Posted by @painwarrior, Mar 27, 2017

Whenever I have back surgery (I’ve had 7) I always have problems with adhesions. It usually requires laparoscopic surgery to cut away the offending adhesions. Last time they had attached to my stomach and intestines and pulled them up under my ribs, causing a great deal of pain and a partially collapsed lung. I’m having the same pain again after my most recent back surgery, but the surgeon who operated on my adhesions the last time is no longer practicing. I can’t get a doctor to believe that the problems I’m having are due to the adhesions. I’m wondering if anyone has any suggestions for me. I went to see a gastroenterologist, but he said all I needed was an enema. Great, that helps a bunch. I’m having a hard time eating anything, and I don’t know how to convince a specialist that I know what is causing my pain. HELP!

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@painwarrior, my question is: Have you tried the enema? If not, I recommend that you do it. If you don’t get relief, you can go back to your doctor and tell him it didn’t work. Who knows, it might just work this time. Its worth a try. Gail B

I would like to invite @jimhd and @dawn_giacabazi to this discussion to give their thoughts on your adhesions. Each has discussed having surgery for adhesions or getting adhesions as a result of surgery.

I do second @gailb‘s idea that it may be worth a shot to try the enema at the instruction of your current gastroenterologist and discussing your medical history with them.

@painwarrior, did your surgeon who helped you with your previous adhesions ever discuss why he or she thought you were so susceptible to adhesions after each of your back surgeries?

Hi @painwarrior!

Certainly frustrating when you have first hand experience and the medical professionals appear to be not hearing you.

I am unsure of what exactly these adhesions are you are referring. However I was in a car accident sustained a paired over fracture through the sternomanubrial joint (broke my sternum) and every time I would breathe the bones with chip away and rub each other and pinch nerves between them. I looked like I had 3 breasts from all the swelling. 17 surgeons EVERYONE told me “Sternal Fractures ALWAYS heal. Nothing we can do” 3 years went by and I stumbled onto a doctor who knew another doctor who would help. I had surgery 100’s of bone fragments everywhere in my chest and breasts. 6 weeks later the wires broke in 2 places. 2nd surgery to just leave a hole in my chest. Pain free!!! I had obtained my surgical notes and eagerly shared them with 2 of the surgeons who turned me away. They appreciated the knowledge and I was sum what satisfied that they knew NOT EVERYTHING IS TEXT BOOK!! 3 years after that surgery I was in an exercise class at the YMCA and that horrible pain came back. Completely shocked!! No idea what to do or why and the only docs who helped are no longer around.

Thankful I had the surgical notes, I went back to one of the surgeons who had turned me away and he opened me back up to find the bones had grown back together and re broke during exercising with the 2 pound weights. We decided to make the whole bigger to eliminate the risk of growing back together. My 2,3,4,5 ribs are no longer attached to my sternum.

My suggestion: call medical records and get your surgical notes and ask your md to review them.

Sending prayers
Dawn

@JustinMcClanahan

I would like to invite @jimhd and @dawn_giacabazi to this discussion to give their thoughts on your adhesions. Each has discussed having surgery for adhesions or getting adhesions as a result of surgery.

I do second @gailb‘s idea that it may be worth a shot to try the enema at the instruction of your current gastroenterologist and discussing your medical history with them.

@painwarrior, did your surgeon who helped you with your previous adhesions ever discuss why he or she thought you were so susceptible to adhesions after each of your back surgeries?

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The more times you have surgery in one particular area, the greater chance for increased adhesions. I’ve had problems since my third and fourth spine surgeries (they were six weeks apart). I had a very large tumor on my spine, and the had to open me up from the front and back to get it all out. A year and a half after those two surgeries I started having a lot of abdominal pain. After a year of kidney infections, my gynecologist did a laparoscopic surgery to see what was going on. I had adhesions (scar tissue) enveloping my uterus and ovaries. When they got inside to do a hysterectomy, they find the adhesions had wrapped around my kidneys, which is what was causing my kidney infections. So now every time I have low back surgery I form mass amounts of adhesions.

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