Problematic pain that comes on and continues after a surgical procedure could be the red flag of warning that adhesions have developed. Many adhesions sufferers have been known to return to their doctor, insistent that pain is the result of a surgical procedure, only to have their theory refuted by the doctor. Many adhesions sufferers are told they have likely developed IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). In the meantime, these unfortunate sufferers lives are placed on hold due to crippling pain that the doctor, unbelievably, minimizes.
Adhesions can also develop due to infection, particularly peritonitis, which may occur after appendicitis or another abdominal infection. Adhesions are common in cases of endometriosis and Crohn's disease. In some cases, adhesions may be the actual debilitating factor in certain diseases; however,the doctor may never mention this subsequent and often crippling condition.
In severe cases of adhesions involvement of the bowel, the scar tissue (adhesions) can cause a bowel obstruction by causing a partial or complete blockage of the intestines. A bowel obstruction usually results in severe abdominal pain followed by nausea and vomiting. This condition calls for immediate medical assessment since the bowel may be strangulated, which means blood supply could be cut off. When the blood supply is cut off, that portion of the bowel will begin to die. Severe abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting are symptoms one should not ignore or choose to "wait and see," rather these serious symptoms are signals that warrant a trip to the nearest ER.
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