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low back pain from adhesions?

I have extreme low back pain that no doctor seems to believe is as bad as I say it is or they just want to pop me full of pills that will cause more problems down the road.  I have had 5 abdominal surgeries in the past 10 years, all done with my uterus and fallopian tubes.  I was just wondering if it is possible that my back pain is from adhesions and what I may be able to do for it besides surgery again.
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I also have an adhesion following gynaecological surgery and found this site while searching to see if there is an association between lower back pain and adhesions.    My back is really causing me problems and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to walk any distance.  I'm becoming more convinced that it's the adhesion causing the problem.
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Do you have pelvic pain as well? Painful intercourse? As a past sufferer of pelvic pain & adhesions from previous surgeries, I can tell you, you will have pelvic pain and/or painful intercourse w/adhesions or bladder/bowel problems depending on the adhesions.
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The last post to you is incorrect. I run the UK Adhesions Society and wanted to say that you don
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Oh My God, I just came across this site, and I cant believe the similarities beteween the posting above and my own health probs. For years I have had endo, which has led to adhesions caused by abdominal and bowel surgery. I had the ahesons removed whilst
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I lived in Birmingham, which would be great because at least I'd get some months relief from pain, before the adhesions came back again. Now I live in Ire, they wotn operate, bcause of the vicious circle of operating, ths multilying the adhesions etc. Also, the last 3 weeks, I have had crippling back pain, esp at night when Ive put my toddler to bed and really relax for the first time-I can almost set the clock by my back hurting.
I am also on Oramorph, and pain patches. Could the back pain really be adhesions? It's getting me so down, I'm not the person I used to be because of the pain, I'm upset a lot.
I'm so happy I fond this site-if any one can offer advice I'd be so grateful-I just want my life back-want to be able tp play and chas my little girl.
Thankyou for listening.and for a great site.
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I have the same problem u have. I had 3 surgeries removing adhesions from my pelvic. I had to have a hysterectomy last year. Im not but 27 but I feel like im 77. Im in pain all the time. My lower back and leg(on left side) kill me. I have a three yr old daughter that doesn't understand why mommy is sick all the time. Im fustrated and stressed out b/c it seems like there is no way out of this. I had an mri done of my spine. I have bulges in my L4&L5 dics. I don't know if adhesions caused this b/c I haven't had any accidents. I don't know what to do. R u better, did u find any help?


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I have had 2 laps for endometriosis, and they say I have severe adhesions in the rectal/perirectal/vaginal area.  Prior to and after my last lap, I have had SEVERE sciatic nerve pain and low back pain, to the point of being unable to work. Post-lap, the surgeon told me it was not endometriosis related or adhesion related and so there was nothing he could do. I saw a back surgeon and he said it was not a back problem, but more likely adhesion related and so there was nothing he could do.
It is complete hormonally related as well, since it worsens to the point of severe pain in the 10 days before my period.
No doctors will give me pain medication, because they do not believe I can work while in so much pain. The truth is, I am so used to it I don't even bother trying to stop the pain now.

WHAT CAN I DO? There are no resources for adhesions help in Ontario Canada (not even one support group and I live in the largest city in canada) and no doctors will help me, not even my family doctor, because they say there is no source of my pain.

Now that I have read what other people wrote on here, I can see I am right, it is most likely adhesions. Who can remove adhesions that cause sciatic nerve/lower back pain if a gynecologist can't? Sometimes I wish I were dead instead of in this pain. I am 32 and feel like I am 80.
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I am sat here almost crying at the shock that I am not the only one with these pains and symptoms that no one can understand. I describe my pains and people look at you and think you are mad or that I am just being work shy, I want my life to go back to normal I hate it. Sometimes its so unbearable and I totally understand you all, The back pain, the leg ache the pains when moving bending over stretching just life as a whole is unbearable. I have an appt for an op on monday as they now believe that this is what is wrong with me after lots of doctors appointment and mythed faces I hope that this gets sorted and I wish you all the best of luck at getting your pains resolved. lucy
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In my physical therapy/yoga/qigong/feldenkrais practice, I find 3 types of adhesion:

1) Release fully and immediately
2) Slow and incomplete release
3) Never release (usually painful to manipulate)

Consistent practice at home of some combination of gentle Yoga,Qigong &/or Feldenkrais often perpetuates the improvements in visceral, muscular and joint mobility gained via hands-on work in the office.

This type of work does not work for everyone and your mileage may vary alot......

Bill
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Hi everyone!  I started having pain in my lower right abdomen about 7 months ago.  Finally went to the doctor thinking I had an ovarian cyst, but an ultrasound showed no cysts.  The OB/GYN said it was due to scar tissue from my two c-sections.  My lower back has been hurting a lot too and now I see that it could possibly be from the adhesions as well.  I had no choice regarding my c-sections, but I had no clue that this was something that was so common.  It's not fun to be in pain all the time.  It makes me feel tired.  I'm going to my primary care doctor to talk to her about it too.  I'm hoping she'll have some suggestions to help me.  The last comment talked about yoga...has anyone else found that it helps?  I'm 36 and miss feeling healthy!  I'm going to give yoga and swimming a try...maybe low impact exercise is helpful.  I'll try anything!  I'm glad I'm not the only one and appreciate your comments so much!  
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I had a back operation in 1995. The adhesions have grown and grown, from one hip bone to the other, from waist, all thru my buttocks, to the front of my body. When they swell up, it is excrutiating. It makes me angry, desperate, and unresponsive to think there is no cure.
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Does anyone also have a feeling like a "mass" or "knot" in their abdomen assoiciated with the back pain from adhesions?
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I have been told I have IBS, and have been suffering from this for years. I also have really bad sciatica on my left side, that goes into my buttocks, and down my leg, also making my calf very sore and numb. I have had an x-ray, and it showed nothing. Although, I have been told that only an MRI will really show anything (example: Bulging discs or Stenosis). I haven't had one yet, so don't really know what is the cause of mine.
Also, for about 6 month's I have also suffered from abdominal pain om this side, near my ovary, into my groin and down my leg (groin glands on this side swollen/very sore also).I was told I had a cyst on left ovary.
I had a laparoscopy on Wednesday. All the GYNO said was that he couldn't find a cause for my pain, and he will talk to me about op more tomorrow at follow up appointment. So, until then, and maybe even after app., I don't know what is the cause of all my pain, and I am so over it!!!!!!!!!!!! Does anyone have any suggestions?
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I too have had 3 laps for endo and adhesions and also a c-section.  I just had my last lap done in sept but the pain in my abdomin (abdomen), lower back and also both hips is horrible.  The dr doesn't understand and is weaning me off pain meds.  I don't want to take the meds the rest of my life but the pain is always there....I am at a loss of what to do.  I have had horrible hip aches since I was a small child (I had a double hernia surgery at 1) and now I am wondering if my hip pain is b/c of that or if it is related to endo and adhesions.  I take as much motrin as I can on a daily basis and I really can't tell it does anything for my pain.  I am so sick of feeling like I am 80 years old...I am only 29!  I was so glad to see that I am not the only one having these same problems.
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I have had the same adhesions in the lower abdomin (abdomen) caused from the C-Section that I had 4 years ago.  I have had 2 surgeries so far and the pain seems to get worse each time.  I didn't want to be someone that kept having surgeries to remove adhesions, so, my mother and I came across a kind of therapy that helps remove them  If anyone is interested in not being in pain anymore than I recommend that you look at this website called:  Clearpassage.com  They talk about a physical therapy treatment called Wurn Treatment and this will help with the adhesions.  I am going to do this therapy myself and am very hopeful for success.
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I have a diagnosis of severe endometreosis and I am waiting to have growths removed and adhesions dealt with. I  had a choclate cyst removed just under 2 months ago. I get lots of  lower back pains and upper abdominal pain, right sided pain, rib pain and hip pain.  I have found swimming really good for the pain but I would advise you have rest days and try to stick to front crawl as breast stroke pulls on your abs more and can make back pain worse.

Also I found some really good stretches online for adhesions, including exercises which work on core stability such as a pelvic floor exercise which involves lying on your back and pushing it into the floor and isolating your pelvic floor muscles by pretending to stop urinating, lunges, squats and oblique twists.

Another brilliant stretch for adhesions and back pain is a back roll, sit on the floor, bring your knees close into your body, place you hands on top of your knees, bend your back over you knees (ensuring you maintain an s shape) and bring your head in close so your forehead practically touches your hands and knees. Once in this position push youself backwards so you roll and come back up again maintaing the same position (i.e. Still with your hands on your knees, back curled over and head resting on hands). Repeat 10 times and aim to iincrease repetitions over time ( without over doing it). The first few times you do this you may find it difficult depending on where your adhesions are but trust me as a sufferer keep it up each day as I was amazed within a few times these felt great and could feel tight areas loosening up.

Other things I have found useful include purchasing a  healthy back bag to replace my handbags (Im a nurse and saw it in one of my nursing magazines) it distributes weight evenly so doesn't add extra weight to the pains you already have in your back. Lots of useful compartments in it for keys, phone etc.  It was also designed by a chiropractor and doctor and passed clinical trials, can purchase one on amazon.  Another useful purchase is a v pillow, its very kind on the back and recommended by orphopedic doctorts, you  can use it on the sofa and in bed to get more comfortable.
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I had a lap for my endo a couple of years ago but they didn't take any of it out as they said it was only slightly developed. However, I continued to get painful symptoms due to the endo and saw a specialist who told me the endo would only continue growing and the symptoms would get worse unless I got it removed. I also had started to get irritable bowels, no matter what I ate I seemed always uncomfortable, including bloating, diarea (diarrhea) and constipation intermittently. I had my second lap this week to have my endo removed but the nurse told me I also had a bowel adhesion making my bowel kinked which the surgeon had put back in place and fixed for me. however, when my surgeon talked to me after she wasn't even going to mention the bowel adhesion until i asked, which is bizarre. after researching, it seem the adhesion was  most likely caused from my first lap. It's strange to surgeons never discussed adhesions with me before either of my laps even when i asked them possible risks.  I'm now really worried i'm going to develop more adhesions from my second lap, perhaps even causing infertility which is one of my worst fears!  
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I'm so relieved. This site has reassured me, that I am not crazy. I have had several abdominal surgeries. My GYN Dr. Refused to finished my hysterectomy because my abdominal is load with adhensions.  Many of them are attached to my instestions.  My GYN Dr. Was assisted in my surgery with a general surgeon. He advised her to abort the this procedure. No one wants to mess with the possible problems associated with intestinal surgery unless it is an emergency. I had a huge cyst on my tail bone that was surgically remove, so it is  likely I have adhesions at the site. I have severe low back pain when I have gas, solid stool, constipation, and diarrhea. It is hell!!!! I broke down at a gastrointestinal.  Docs.  don't always  listen.  When I broke down the Doc. listened, she changed her thought process and actually listened.  She schedule a contrast C T. Which will show a more complete picture of what's going on inside my body that causes me so much pain. Docs. Seem to have a thought when adhesions are severed they will just come back to why bother. Having 3-6 months of no pain is worth it to me! I am up to 60 MSG of Vicodin a day. That is no way to live. I have had 2 sessions of rhizodomy and it lowered my pain level from 8-9 to 5-7. Worth it for me but I would love  to not have any pain. I can't and don't work. To much pain to interact with people on a daily basis. Be persistant.
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Yes.. I have had that knot on the right side of my abdomen.. my doc said it's adhesion.. now I can't stretch because I pull or tear them.. I have had them for 6 years and they continue to grow and attach to other organs.  They are like roots .. really horrible and seems like doctors want to do surgery all the time and they keep coming back with a vengeance.  There has to be some type of help for this that no one is sharing with us in the medical world.  This is very debilitating.  I was in the ER twice for stretching one morning and the sharp pain caused me to fall and have extreme nausea.. after $24K in tests and pain drugs.. they never determined anything.. but I know they are my adhesions getting out of control.. getting under my rib cage.. spine and intestines now :(.. really horrible .. I am tired of surgery and spending so much on doctors and exams to only hear them tell me they are adhesions.  I also find myself trying to stretch at night while I'm sleeping and am terrified that this is happening because I know if I really stretch the way my body wants, I will probably pass out from the pain and inflammation it will cause.  Once you get an inflammation or tear .. it takes lots of pain meds etc and about a week or two to bring it down.  Just horrible!
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