Question Re: 'balloon procedure'
From: Jennifer Bayles (JenBayles@houston.rr.com)
Mon Feb 10 12:27:08 2003
Greetings all. I had an 18" sigmoid colon resection back in December
along with lysis of lots of adhesions from an open hysterectomy on June
19 and gallbladder surgery five years ago. I've had adhesion problems
in the past, but nothing like the past year. My doc said, "It's just a
big sloppy mess in there." No kidding. ;-) Apparently I've got
adhesions now at the colon repair site and I am partially obstructed.
I'm sure all of you know how I'm feeling. Yuk. The doc wants to run a
scope up to that site and blow up a balloon to try to bust up the
adhesions from the inside. (After 10+ surgeries and all the attendant
tests, you'd think I'd be beyond any humiliation by now, but really, a
balloon up my a?? **!!!...) I've never heard of this before. Has anyone
had this particular procedure?
Also, I think it's time to consult a pain doc. I'm only 39 years old
and I've been in some kind of chronic pain now for 10 years. During
this time the docs treat me as either a "drug seeker" or an out-and-out
addict. I read posts on this board from folks who are treated with
oxycontin and other narcotics. How in the world do you get the docs to
(1) listen and take you seriously, and (2) actually prescribe something
for your pain on a long-term basis? How does one decide when it's time
to go on disability? Grrrrr. Too many variables here for my
control-freak mind to deal with.
I've always been optimistic following my various surgeries, but now I
think I'm looking at the rest of my life as a big, pain-filled void and
frankly, I'm pretty depressed. Thanks for listening.
Jen in Houston