cronic pain Adhesions

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/16/2007 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been suffering with pain from adhesions from surgery. General surgeon cleaned up scar tissue and removed my appendix. I was pain free for 6 weeks. Pain has returned, I was given Norco and Zoloft which helped for a few months. I am going to pain management. Dr. gave me morphine which helped for a short time. 4 days ago he gave me 6 cortizone shots in my lower back. I got deathly sick, vomiting! It hurt like hell! I feel some better today still sore. Is anyone out there dealing with adhesions?? I have been in pain for 1 year, I am 34 years old. I have gained so much weight around my stomach area. The Dr. says it is imflamation. Help

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 12/16/2007 4:19 PM (GMT -6)   
eyes   :-) DKD,
I know more about scar tissue than I know about my own family! I have been injured a few times and the scar tissue growing afterwards was almost as bad as the injury. I had 4 surgeries on my knee alone. I origianlly injiured it and then the doc said I completely torn my ACL and partially tore my MCL and that  "natures" healing would be better than anything he could do and suggested that I immobilize it for 8 weeks. No body told me that if you were to immobilize a perfectly healthy uninjured joint for 8 weeks you'd still have a hard time bending it afterward. But me, well seems I produce scar tissue, or keyloids as it shows in medical records sometimes, faster than anyone he's ever seen.
After 8 weeks the doc sent me to physcial therapy and he said it would be "uncomfortable." Turns out this word couldn't be farther from the truth. It was unbearable. The physical therapist tried to bend my knee for 5 months; and for 5 months I screamed and cried. I'd always thought of myself as brave, or at least not a whimp. I went to physical therapy almost everyday for awhile and it was horrible. Finally after 5 months of trying the doc decided to do a "manipulation," an out-patient procedure where they put you out and bend it all the way. The doc heard so many "pops" when he bent my knee he decided to keep me overnight at the out-patient facility, surrounded my knee with constant ice and in a CPM (continuous passive motion) machine to be sure the scare tissue did not come back right away. Once released I went immediately to physical therapy on a Sat. and Sun. and for every day for two weeks.
A few years later when I twisted my knee again I had to have surgery. The doc said once inside my knee (for the first time) he spent an hour just removing scar tissue before he could begin any repairs. I had ACL. MCL, fractured patella, torn meniscus, bone fragments under my knee cap, cartilidge tears, fractured top of my femur, and badly torn nerves and muscles. He had to put three screws into my knee to fix it. Following the surgery I got to go home with a CPM machine and had to stay in it for 18 hours a day for 3 months! I thought I'd loose my mind for sure.
Then I had a double rear-end accident and injured my right arm. Same thing, while healing scar tissue developed and over my radial nerve. I eventually had to have surgery to have that scar tissue removed off the nerve.
Yeah scar tissue is a *****. Does the injured area get warm to the touch? I knew when it did that scar tissue was growing. Hope your doc knows what that means.
You need to find a physical therapist certified in ASTYM, this is the name of the system that saved me.
I've always said if a doctor only knew what "it" felt like then he'd do something about it. Well it did happen. A doctor injured his arm, developed scar tissue and he could not golf anymore. He was unwilling to accept this so he started trying stuff on his own arm to try and find a way to fix it. he came up with a system that removes scar tissue, and luckily if you drink plenty of water it will just be absorbed by your body.
The system has these "tools" that a physical therapist uses on your muscles. First they show you what it feels like going over a healthy muscle, it's smooth and no pain. Then they run it over a muscle with scar tissue, it feels lumpy, like cottage cheese. When they "tool" you they push the "tool" down on the muscle in the direction the muscle naturally goes and as they push, it breaks down the scar tissue. When they do this it hurts like hell, but when you leave even after the first visit you will notice how much looser it feels. The next day though it will turn black and blue, looks like someone beat you.
They can't work the same muscle every day or even every other day, it would be too much and it would signal the making of more scar tissue. But if you are like me, the way I held myself because of the injury other muscles had also developed scar tissue so they needed work as well. I went three times a week, as they worked the muscle with this "tool" tears would stream down my face but things were definitely getting better! After 2 months I could actually exercise parts of my body to make them stronger.
After 9 months I went to my Pain doc and said I wanted to cut my pain patch in half. She did not agree, she didn't feel this would manage my pain, I told her my pain was less so it seemed appropriate to take less pain meds. She did not agree but we did it and it worked. The "tooling" is painful but soooo worth the outcome.
I know there are muscles in your stomach and physical therapist will know where and what direction they go. They will probably also have to do some in your back 'cause of the way we compensate when we have pain. I don't know where in the world you are, but I'm sure there are physical therapists somewhere close by who are certified ASTYM therapists. In California when I first went to my PT there were only 7 physcial therapists who did this system! 7 in the whole state, I feel very lucky to have found one otherwise I would still be on all those meds with their darn side effects and getting weaker all the time.
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help, I know just how you feel, been there felt that.
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