Adhesions How did it all get so bad
Abdominal Adhesions! Hello and Welcome
I suffer with abdominal adhesions after surgery, this has left me in constant pain, its very hard as people do not understand the condition and when they look at you they think she looks fine. But Adhesions is a complex condition that happens after trauma surgery and can affect any part of the body or anyone but is more common in the abdomen/pelvis region.
Trauma surgery on women can include, hysterectomy, appendicitus, bladder operations and cervical surgery, these are not the only cause but it is found to be more common in women who have had this surgery.
When I had my first surgery I was 16! and 7 operations later now at 44 I can longer have any surgery and I am left with Severe Chronic Pelvic Adhesions, Complex Bladder Dysfunction, IBD and Chronic pain. Basically alot of problems and symptoms...
I am sure there are many of you out there that are also fellow sufferers and find that there is not a lot of support or help for this condition with normally the doctor if he diagnoses you with adhesions only option is high opiods, with no other resolution. Sometimes in rare cases or cases that have not exceeded the limit for surgery, you will be offered corrective surgery called a adhesion dysectomy which will involve another operation to try to separate the adhesions and use a film to stop them sticking together. Surgery should only be taken with caution as the more surgery the chances of the organs sticking together increases with each operation. So it is a vicious rollercoaster that's in a loop the loop!
Adhesions are painful, very painful and can affect any organ in the body, the chronic pain that people feel can vary, but often making people not only trapped in their own body of pain but often isolating them from their friends and loved ones. Work is near impossible and it all seems very over whelming, often bosses not understanding the amount of time you are absent and the pain killers offer relief from pain but make you very drowsy and very often muddled and confused. which also lays a big impact on your employment.
After first being diagnosed with Adhesions, after visiting many doctors and hospitals, informing them that I was suffering, being ignored for 3 years and then yes finally, a visit to a private doctor who specialized in adhesions, I had an answer something I could call this horrible thing that had happened to my body. Yes it helped but that was just the beginning as my 3 year struggle with Adhesions has only got worse, the pain is worse, the symptoms are worse.
I had to give up work and now have a carer, I am unable to go out unless accompanied and find that life is totally different with my adhesions. My blog is going to be my outlet for feelings and anything else that pops into my head...
Anyone who has adhesions will be able to relate to my blog and I hope I can offer slight relief, information, stories and maybe a few jokes!!! Also I would like to let sufferers know they are not alone and there are others who are suffering like you, you never know maybe someone will get something from it.....
- Abdominal Adhesion: A Common Cause of Chronic Abdominal Pain
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- Adhesion-related disorders: information and support from the International Adhesions Society
Information and support for patients and doctors on adhesion-related disorders, their treatment and prevention. Forum for support of patients suffering from pain and other discomforts of adhesive disorders.
- www.pelvicpain.org.uk :: View Forum - Adhesions
Pelvic Pain Organisation UK
- Adhesions - information, symptoms and treatment | Bupa UK
Bupa health information factsheet - An adhesion is a band of scar tissue that may cause tissues or organs inside the body to stick together. They commonly form after surgery in the abdomen (tummy) or pelvis and may cause abdominal pain.
- UK Adhesion Society
Help and support for UK Adhesions..