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Constant abdominal pain :(

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Kippers99 Tue 07-Mar-17 10:45:16

Hello everyone, this is my first post, so please forgive me if it's in the wrong place.

I just fancied talking as I'm feeling a bit down, I've had constant abdominal pain since my emergency c-section almost 1.5 years ago. Numerous doctors have said that it's adhesions, which sounds very likely. I've tried physio, radio-therapy and there have been suggestions of further surgery but doing something that they all admit will probably make it worse doesn't seem like an option at all.

I'm now on nerve blocking medication, but it's not helping with the constant pulling and radiating soreness. I've only been on it for a week and have to see the dr after a month to see how it's going.

I can live with it when I'm busy with my little one but every time I'm just by myself and plodding through work it totally distracts me. I can feel it all of the time. I'm finding work so difficult to cope with but I've taken so much time off and if it's not going to get any better, I can't keep resorting to sick leave.

I'm feeling so down this morning. Is anyone else living with this? Is this forever?

Thank you x

MollyHuaCha Tue 07-Mar-17 10:51:22

flowers My experience of adhesions is that they get worse. Then you need an operation to remove the adhesions along with pieces of whichever organs they've damaged. This operation then causes the formation of new adhesions. I'd love someone to add to this thread to say I'm wrong! Please...?

Kippers99 Tue 07-Mar-17 11:24:50

Thank you so much for reading and replying smile Do you have them? If you don't mind me asking, have you had treatment for them?

Yes, that is exactly what the doctors have all said. After a year, I was really hoping that it was just starting to get a little better, but this last month has been horrible.

I get stabbing and gripping pains on both the left and right sides above the belly button and below but the constant radiating pain is in a line from just under the bottom of my rib cage to my belly button.

I don't remember much about my c-section but I have a vague recollection of being pulled really hard up and down the table after my little one was born and saying to my husband how weird that felt! I can't really remember why but again I vaguely remember them saying that something was difficult to pull back down.

Does that make any sense???!

Kippers99 Tue 07-Mar-17 11:27:16

Sorry, I remember now that they said my uterus was difficult to pull back down! Does that sound possible???

MollyHuaCha Tue 07-Mar-17 13:25:49

Hi Kipper, sorry I've no medical training so it wdn't be fair for me to comment on yr case. From what I know, people who have keyhole surgery are less likely to get adhesions. Big abdominal ops where you are cut right open are the problem. Take your adhesions pains seriously - if they cut off an internal organ it's a life threatening situation. Now I'm waiting for someone else to reply to this thread to say a cure has been found...

BusterGonad Tue 07-Mar-17 13:26:44

I've not got your particular pain but I can sympathize as since having my son by emergency c section it seems to have triggered my Crohn's which I think I've always had but only really took off since having my son, it's hard, some days you feel completely drained by the constant ache and sometimes you're ok. I can't really offer any advice but I can kind of understand your suffering.

EllenRipley Tue 07-Mar-17 13:50:37

Sorry you're suffering OP. I had lap surgery last year for suspected endometriosis, turned out I had a lot of scar tissue from a c section seven years ago. I'd first ask for a gynae referral so they can scan you to ensure cysts or fibroids aren't contributing to your pain. Then if they stick with the adhesion diagnosis, you can discuss laparoscopic surgery to remove the adhesions. Meantime, it might be worth finding a physio who specialises in myofascial release - this really helped me. Pregnancy and c-sections in themselves can cause lots of muscular and structural issues so I'd also recommend looking into the work of a biomechanist called Katy Bowman. She has a great book called Diastasis Recti which provides lots of info, advice on and exercises for pelvic and core health. Good luck! X

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