From: Joyce (Joyce@bellsouth.net)
Fri Jun 2 08:02:17 2000
Hi Helen, I had 2 laprascopic surgeries. The first one was done by an
endo specialist, he found no endo but did find adhesions on colon on
left side. I do have a video tape of him cutting these down though he
cuts the tape off saying "we are going to be here awhile" and then when
it comes back on, the area looks all clean, adhesions gone. We don't
know what caused them to begin with as I'd had no prior surgeries to
this. My 2nd surgery was done by a different gyn (not a specialist, my
bad). He did not prep me for bowel surgery, so I'm not even sure how
far he looked. He said that he did not find any endometriosis... that
was about all he ever said about the surgery. When not on b.c. pills,
I do have heavy, painful periods. I have been taking levlite (b.c.
pill) for the past couple of months and cramps and heavy bleeding got
much, much better. Still had the pain in my back though on left side
and pain when I urinate on left side groin area. I do not do b.c. pills
well because while I'm on them I get very paranoid and anti-social. I
stay holed up in my apartment and sometimes will not even answer the
phone. Weird!!! Too weird, so this past week when it was time to start
a new pack, I just couldn't do it. I would rather feel the physical
pain than the mental anguish the b.c. pills seem to put me through
every time I try them. Which has been several times... once took them
for about 2 years which I had no life whatsoever during this time....
but at the time I did not realize that the b.c. pills were the cause.
You can imagine the relief when I quit taking them and got back to my
old self. But no dr. ever told me that they could affect you mentally
in that way.... It seems the drug industry has a pretty good hold on
our drs. I truly believe yesterday, if there had been a new med, proven
to work, put on the market for adhesions... that's what I would have
been diagnosed with... That is exactly what I believe! Hopefully
someday for all our sakes this will happen and we will truly get a
correct diagnosis, along with probably about 40% of the population with
any kind of pain. Hey, maybe I should try Viagra! It seems to be the
miracle cure for everything else... LOL Impotency you never really
heard was much of a problem before Viagra, now it ranks right up there
with high blood pressure... Anyway, thanks for the interest in my
condition. I feel fortunate to have found this message board before
going through with more surgeries with just any surgeon. BTW, how do
you request copies of medical records. Just ask? I've been told they
will only send them to a new physician if I change....
At Thu, 1 Jun 2000, Helen Dynda wrote:
>I went back and read your earlier messages...hoping to get a more
>complete picture of what is causing your rectal bleeding and pain.
>You mentioned that you have had 2 prior surgeries. Were these surgeries
>done abdominally (laparotomy) or laparoscopically? Would you care to
>share why these surgeries were done?
>You mentioned that you were told that you did not have endometriosis.
>Have you ever been treated for endometriosis in the past? Do you
>experience increased pain when you have your period?
>Have you requested copies of your medical records from doctors you have
>been to? Have you requested copies of your surgical and pathological
>reports from Medical Records at the hospital(s) where your surgeries
>were done? You have a right to request and receive copies of all of
>these records. If a video was done of your surgery, you may be able to
>request a copy of that as well. All of these comprise your medical
>history. If you have not done this yet, I encourage you to do so.