Re: Karen Carter

From: Helen Chalmers (
Thu Mar 22 23:17:19 2001

Dear Friends:

I have heard that Karen's surgery went well and she is still recuperating at the hospital tonight. Before Karen left she gave me permission to let all of you know about her surgery. Dr. Redan found she had bowel adhesions in her pelvis to her prior hysterectomy, kinking off her colon, took out her appendix too. Her biggest problem was that she had a chronically inflammed gall bladder. Her gall bladder was stuck to her duodenum kinking that part of her bowel off too, causing her nausea.

Going back a few months ago, after hearing Karen's plea for help on the adhesion board I contacted her in trying to find her a doctor to assist her in treating her for the tremendous pain she was in until her surgery with Dr. Redan. Her PCP and her GYN denied her any pain medication, and actually said that they would be dropping her from their care as she only had minimal adhesions and was not in need of any pain medication. Her PCP also told the hospital (her only alternative to finding pain medication) to not allow her into the ER again without permission from a treating physician (she had none) and both refused to give her a referral to a pain specialist that I suggested see she to treat her pain. I did contact her GYN as her "Patient Advocate for The International Adhesion Society," and asked politely that they write her a referral to a pain specialist immediately, in fact, I would like a referral to be faxed with her medicals the same day to the doctor that I wanted her to see. Obediently, they did so upon my request and she was given an appointment with my doctor and treated her as a suffering ARD patient, and gave her the medicine she so much needed.

What my intent here is to just let everyone know, and I know most of us have been treated this way by doctors also, is that Karen was experiencing this terrible pain, had medical proof that she had adhesions, but was still treated in such a disrespectful, callous, uncaring, selfish, unprofessional manner and was just looked upon as a drug seeker when we can all see by the above surgery the tremendous pain she must have been enduring during these months since her hysterectomy. This is what myself and Helen D. are trying to do here, is prevent this from continuting to happen to our fellow ARD sufferers (actually all chronic pain patients) and why we have asked you to write to your congressman, state representative and the President of the United States if we have to. This terrible treatment of ARD patients and all those suffering in chronic pain must be stopped.

I will update all tomorrow as soon as I hear from Karen.

Karen: My prayers and thoughts are with you. To wonderful pain-free days ahead and next time I'll treat you to lunch.

Love, Helen Chalmers

Helen Chalmers

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