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Christine1946
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   Posted 8/22/2010 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
     How do you know if you have adhesions?
Ulcerative Proctitis since Sept of 1998. Hospitalized for eight days. Prednisone, Asacol, Rowasa enemas. Two year remission. Flare..switched from Asacol to Colazal. Two year remission. Started 6MP in 2002. Flared yearly from 2003 to May of 08. Hospitalized for ten days in May of 08. Flaring more often since. Off 6MP. Remicade failed. Humira failed. Total colectomy with perm. ileo .

80sChick
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   Posted 8/22/2010 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I am pretty sure I have them. I have pain around the incision on the left side of my abdomen, sometimes a LOT. It is usually after eating. They have tested me a ton to see what it could be, and everything comes back normal. There are no tests to see if you have adhesions. I had a small bowel follow-through (barium), andf thsat took a long time, which usually means adhesions. :(
Stephanie, 28 years old
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Possible diagnosis of IBS-D
Total Proctocolectomy and Permanent Ileostomy 3/18/10! :)
Blockage/Ileo revision 6/8/10 :/
 
Tried: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Imuran, Rowasa Enemas, Colocort Enemas, Psyllium Seed Powder... Tried Probiotics: Align (with no change except bloating) and VSL #3 DS (AWFUL diarrhea).
 
Currently taking: Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Biotin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 8/22/2010 1:48 PM (GMT -6)   
i sometimes wonder whether i have adhesions. i thought a ct scan would reveal that, wouldn't it?
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

esoR
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   Posted 8/22/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a CT enterography (different than normal cat scan). They looked for narrowings in the small intestine and none showed. They can't actually visualize adhesions but it's the narrowing of small bowel, if present, that may indicate adhesions on the outside of the bowel.

I had that test because I had 2 food clogs on mashed potato which luckily I passed on my own. No narrowing showed anywhere and they had me drink about a half gallon of water 30 mins prior to the test so my small intestines were as distended as they could be.

They had me drink water because any contrast with any body to it such as heavy syrup would have gone right into the bag and wouldn't distend my small intestine. (I have fast transit time.)

So this doesn't mean I'll never have an issue, but the news I got from this test was good. Rosemary

Chasblah
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   Posted 8/22/2010 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I think the only way to see adhesions, is to be opened up again. But that would only give you more adhesions. I think it's safe to assume, if you've had abdominal surgery (esp. open) that we will have them. But, they won't always cause problems. I have random pains in my abdomen at times. My GI thinks it is from adhesion. It feels like pulling, stretching, stabbing pain.
Chassity
28 yrs. old. married with one beautiful daughter (born 11/20/07)
-diagnosed with severe pancolitis u/c 2002 had total colectomy 12/19/08; emergency surgery due to abscess-had to redo ileostomy and switch to left side 12/25/08; 2/15/09 found blood clot in superior mesenteric vein (prob. from inf. and surgery inflammation)
i only take vitamins now, when I WANT to. :)
(temporary ileostomy....maybe)

"Things turn out the best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

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   Posted 8/23/2010 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
yeah Chassity, i'm having this pain this morning UGH, i also had it on Saturday. this pain doubles me over. i hate taking pain killers so often, i just wish i knew if it's from adhesions or is it just food causing it. oh well, i guess either way, we just have to live with it and hope it doesn't get worse. it's like i can go 2 weeks with no pain at all, then i can have pain attacks every other day and i always eat the same foods.. go figure.

Rosemary, that's the exact ct scan my surgeon wanted to do to me when i had my blockages in the first 2 weeks post the ileo surgery, but then the 10 days between my release form the hosp to the follow up i was pain free, so he cancelled it. only if (i hope it doesn't) it'll happen too often, then he'll feel there's a need to do it, but so far it's managable thank goodness.
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 8/23/2010 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
wait, did i get it right??? they are going to actually cut you open???
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 8/23/2010 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
oh laparoscopically, that sounds better :) when is it supposed to be? good luck to you! i hope it helps!
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

summerstorm
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   Posted 8/23/2010 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
well ron, this might sound bad but YAY i'm so glad you are finally getting some real action on this!
UC for 8 years, before finally kicking its butt and having a permanent ileostomy April 17 2007!
-I have gone to find myself, if i get back before i return, keep me here-
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esoR
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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hodaya,

Have the CT enterography anyway. Just have them have you drink water for contrast. It really distends the small bowel without going out of you into the bag. Do it while you are not having an issue and they can see if your small intestine is all open and good. Rosemary

2b ColonFree
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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks Rosemary. hummm i don't know, my surgeon won't do it unless i'm in real terrible shape and having real blockages every so often, which i hope doesn't happen. if the pain continues, then maybe i'll insist on having that ct.
Hodaya
06/05/2007 - STARR procedure
colonic inertia w/pelvic floor dysfunction
08/16/2009 - total colectomy w/ileorectal anastomosis
07/08/2010 - loop ileostomy

susans53
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   Posted 8/23/2010 11:17 AM (GMT -6)   
How do you know if you have adhesions?

Oh, the pain. Then the vomiting.

Just had surgery to lyse adhesions. Had a lot, well I did have 6 ab surgeries and they were all lapro so go figure. They actually found 2 small blockages on a small bowel series. Time will tell-there are no guarantees.
UC 1996
5 asa, predisone, 6 mp
X-mas present- Dec 26, 2000, Emergency j-pouch surgery
Multiple complications, J-pouch redo- July 3,  2001.
Take down-Jan 3,  2002
Chronic pouchitis: cipro, pentassa, xifican, cortioam, canassa, leviguin, lexapro, vit D, fish oil, probiotics, lot's of other vit's
Gall bladder out-Oct 1997
Latest flare April 27 2010 Hosptial for 1 week-remciade
Possible CD, Possible pouch removal-anxiety-can you blame me?
Adhesions

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 8/23/2010 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Ron~I glad to hear that they are doing something for you!!! I know surgery is scary but I really think something happened when you had your gallbladder surgery sad and that is too long to be dealing with the pain that you are!

Please keep us posted on the details
(((HUG)))
Crohn’s dx 1989
some terrible years before my
temporary ileo in 2001
Proctocolectomy w/end ileo in 2008
...wish I knew then what I know NOW!
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