Re: Coping without surgery

From: cbutman (
Tue Feb 1 11:01:30 2000

Dear Richard, I am touched by your great concern for your wife. I am traveling to Germany to use the intergel in March. My doctor has had so much success with it. Another thing that helps me greatly is a medication called Neurontin. It is used together with my pain meds and seems to relieve the pain to where I have normal days most of the time. It is used for nerve damage. I'll keep you posted on my surgery in March. I refuse to live like this!!

>----- Original Message -----
From: Richard Hagen <> To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <> Sent: Thursday, January 27, 2000 5:06 PM Subject: Coping without surgery

> I know I haven't written much. My wife needs a new pain
> doctor for pain meds and to keep her motivated in fighting
> the ARD. We are still waiting to hear if surgery is
> available. Meanwhile she suffers greatly.
> We were unable to connect with Dr.Reich when we were in New
> York plus she most likely needs a full surgery and not a lap
> with a scope. The clinic in New Orleans never got back to
> me. We have been made into pariahs locally and it is very
> hard to keep a PCP. I don't know what to do anymore. It's
> like we are at an impasse and nothing will happen unless it
> is life and death and then it most likely will be just
> another two years of suffering and more doctors. Dr.
> Semertzides has not responded as of late. He was the last
> surgeon to work on her. He was going to arrange surgery
> where he could use the interceed. But no info.
> We tried the nerve blocks, pain clinics, pain doctors,
> physical therapy ,now its viceral manipulation. I still feel
> that we are just wasting our money on unknowledgeable
> doctors.
> Its hopeless.

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