To Natalie from Misty
From: Misty Hoffman (email@example.com)
Mon Jun 19 12:04:41 2000
My question to you is this: Isn't there any other way to diagnose
adhesions and could
adhesions on the abdominal wall and bowel cause pain that goes all the
way around my
side to my back.
Hello Misty here!!
To answer your questions: I'm an RN and my specialty is in Trauma
surgery and my answers to you questions are comming from experience
only. So i'll try and give you the best answers I can. To diagnose
adhesions basically a doctor has to "go in" usually by laprascope to see
adhesions and scar tissue. I have had many CT scans and my adhesions
are severe and they just barely show up on CT scans, so usually
adhesions have to be diagnosed with a laproscipic surgery.
About the pain, My adhesional pain does wrap around my sides and back,
so to answer that part of the question, yes it can happen.
Also could adhesions cause episodes of difficulty and mucus in bowel
to answer that part of the question, there are many many things that can
cause mucus in the Stool. The best route to go in answering that
question is to have one of your docs order a stool culture for parasites
and bacteria. It isn't abnormal to have some mucus in the stool but if
we are talking about massive amts of mucus then I'd have the stool
tested. Usually when there is a bowel obstruction caused by adhesions
not only is it pretty painful but it is also hard to have a bowel
movement depending on how much and how bad the bowel is obstructed.
Further tests like CT scans or sometimes if it is bad enough a bowel
obstruction will show up on just a normal x-ray. I do have a bowel
obstructions diagnosed by CT scan with the barium contrast, it isn't
SEVERE but it is painful and I do have a hard time going "big potty" I
hope this helps answer some of your questions, I'm not a doctor but this
is what I have ran into being an RN and from having adhesions myself