Re: PLEASE HELP...if you are experiencing a similar situation...

Fri Mar 9 19:03:15 2001

Dear Richard,

Since I have no experience with the effects of bowel adhesions, this is my reason for asking for input from those of you, who know what this lady is talking about and is faced with.

Both of your suggestions ( "I think you need a new doctor. No stretching allowed." ) sound very logical to me.

Thank you for your valued input. I will relay your message to her!

Thank you, Richard!!


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At Fri, 9 Mar 2001, Richard Hagen wrote:

I think you need a new doctor. No stretching allowed.

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-----Original Message----- From: []On Behalf Of Helen Dynda Sent: Friday, March 09, 2001 4:28 PM To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS Subject: PLEASE HELP...if you are experiencing a similar situation...

Today I received the following letter. If you are experiencing a similar situation, do you have any suggestions that might help her?

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"I had several attacks of diverticulitis and was hospitalized. I was told I needed surgery or I could end up in the emergency room with peritonitis, which could be life-threatening. I had surgery in June, 2000 and had 12 inches of colon removed. After a hospital stay of 6 days, I went home.

"I started having problems with pain and elimination right away. The surgeon told me to use stool softeners. They do not help me. I know I have a partial obstruction from scarring; my stools are pencil thin.

"The surgeon told me he can go back in and sew the intestines back together leaving a larger opening to allow for any subsequent scarring. This scares me. What if I end up in worse shape?

"The GI doctor told my husband he could do a colonoscopy on me and use a device on the scope which would "stretch" my colon in the restricted area. This also scares me. Have you ever heard of stretching the colon?

"Meanwhile, I work full time and suffer with pain, trying to get my bowels to function so I can keep going. Any thoughts you may have would be appreciated."

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