Re: Do you experience nausea as a result of adhesions...and yet diagnostic tests are normal?
From: Helen Dynda (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue Jun 20 18:15:54 2000
Janet M. has written to me regarding her problem with chronic nausea -
which she believes is caused by adhesions; but X-rays always come back
normal. Since I do not experience *nausea* or constipation as a result
of adhesions, I cannot really speak from experience about Janet's
problem with nausea.
In her first letter to me she said that she had suffered with
appendicitis pain for 14 months until it finally burst. You and I know
that when an appendix bursts, peritonitis is the result. When
peritonitis happens, adhesions are the inevitable outcome. Right? If
food is not getting through, I would think that a X-ray would show that
there is a problem.
If her problem with nausea seems to be like yours, would you share your
experience here on the Message Board? Do you experience chronic nausea -
and yet tests come back normal?
Janet would really appreciate your help! Thank you!!
** In Janet's June 19th letter she said: "I have been struggling with
chronic nausea since my appendix burst in 1997. (I credit the doctors
with that - 14 months of appendicitis and they kept telling me it
COULDN'T be my appendix.) At any rate, the only thing we know for sure
at this point is that I am full of adhesions. One doctor did offer to
do surgery...others say my nausea is likely not related to the
adhesions. I find occasional reports of things like physical therapy
helping, but everywhere I search for alternate means (besides surgery)
leads to a dead end."
** Janet's June 20th letter says: "One reason my family doctor is unsure
whether or not my nausea is caused by adhesions is because,
theoretically, the nausea would be caused when I get partial bowel
blockages from them. Yet when I have episodes of unremitting vomiting
and end up in ER, X-rays show no partial bowel blockages. Do you know
if adhesions in an of themselves can give nausea? I realize that this
might be a question for a doctor, but I've found out the hard way that
often lay people who have researched an area know more than many doctors
about that area.
"You asked what medications I am on. Since the pain is infrequent and
often not that bad, I am not on pain meds. Nausea, however, is a real
curse. When I can't handle it anymore I take promethezine. I've tried
lots of other drugs, nothing else works.
"You also asked about constipation. That is only a problem if I take
promethezine too often. (Since it wipes me out, I try to avoid it.) I
am more likely to have diarrhea, which I have read can happen with
partial bowel obstructions."