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Roger D.
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   Posted 6/9/2012 9:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Had Lap surgery for hernia and GERD last January.  Recently had severe abdomen pain for 5 days before going to ER. Was diagnosed as having scar tissue pain and given morphine. 
Has anyone else experienced this? Can you tell me what the long term implications are?     

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   Posted 6/11/2012 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to read of your pain and I hope your Dr. can help you with the problem with the scar tissue pain.  I am more familiar with adhesions and this may be what you are referring to.

An adhesion is a band of scar tissue that binds two parts of tissue or organs together. Adhesions may appear as thin sheets of tissue similar to plastic wrap or as thick fibrous bands.

The tissue develops when the body's repair mechanisms respond to any tissue disturbance, such as surgery, infection, trauma, or radiation. Although adhesions can occur anywhere, the most common locations are within the abdomen, the pelvis, and the heart.

Medical treatment of adhesions varies depending on the location, extent of adhesion formation, and problems the adhesion is causing. Adhesions frequently improve without surgery. Unless a surgical emergency becomes evident, a doctor may treat symptoms rather than perform surgery. Pain treatment, antibiotics, and other symptomatic treatments are sometimes sufficient to allow the symptoms of the adhesion is causing to resolve on their own.

I do not know if this will help you much and I do hope another member that has experienced what you are going through comes along to share with you.



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Roger D.
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   Posted 6/11/2012 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the information. I am taking morphine for the pain and hope this issue will revolve itself. The morphine is causing stomach upset which I really don't need right now. I have lost another 10 pounds (can't afford it) because I can't bring myself to eat because of the nausea. Can't wait until this episode is over. 
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