London, UK

#1 Jan 29, 2013
Hi, I wondered what the pain of adhesions following a dv attack is like & if anyone has had these. I get a pulling pain, hurts to bend twist especially to the left. Hurts lower left abdo almost in pelvic region. Standing in one spot feels like I have a heavy weight in my abdomen pulling down. Still getbte odd waves of pain in this one specific region. Bowel movements normal. Any advice would be appreciated

London, UK

#2 Jan 30, 2013
Hi, can anyone please help I am so worried.


#3 Jan 30, 2013
Maria, are you seeing a doctor? That's important. Left abdomen in pelvic region is where the pain is generally located, before, during and after an attack - pain can continue for months, in fact for a lifetime. The pain is just worse during an attack. Read through some of the big threads, they have all sorts of info on what to eat and how to ease things for yourself. But you should definitely see a doctor and ask him. They can test you by feeling you and by doing ultra sound tests. And if you are taking antibiotics for the attack and watching what you eat, you should be able to get better. I hope you do get better soon.

London, UK

#4 Jan 30, 2013
Thank you Betsy,

Yes, I have seen two consultants one a gyny who did an ovarian scan all clear and my normal gastro Dr. He was not too concerned just said to come back if it gets worse. Have had ibs all my life and over the last few years d.v. This last attack started 6 weeks ago and the main waves of pain are better but it is the strange pulling sensations on moving that are odd and I just wondered if the infection could cause adhesion.

I had stomach flu in August and it seemed to trigger things of again.

It was kind of you to reply as it can be very isolating. I live in the u.k. and we cannot get tests done so easily as in the u.s. If I went to our a & e your e.r. they would send me home with ibrufen. I am amazed how people can go to the e.r and get CT scans.

Thank you again

Since: Jun 12

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#5 Feb 1, 2013

My suggestion to you is to get another appointment with your gastro and tell him it is getting worse. Tell him that the pain hasn't let up. Have you ever had a CT scan to diagnose the diver? You may have a low grade infection that's continuing.

Adhesions are worst with surgery. I'm not so sure you'd have serious adhesion pain with diver, but I don't know for sure.

Make sure you're drinking lots of water; go easy on sugar; go easy on difficult to digest things like dairy and possibly gluten (use your best judgement on that). I recommend probiotics - especially since you have IBS, too. Omega 3's are good for dampening inflammation as well. Steer clear of red meat.(Hard to digest.) Check out the Stanford Diet for Diverticulitis, and consider yourself as experiencing an attack, so you probably need low fiber. I'm sort of rambling here, so I'll sign off.

Get another GI appointment and push for a CT if you haven't had one.

Good luck!

Arvada, CO

#6 Apr 27, 2013
Adhesion doctors in the US
1. Dr. Jay Redan, Florida
2. Dr. Clark Gerhart, in Pennsylvania

Iowa City, IA

#7 Feb 11, 2014
Just to add to the conversation, I had a lap resection in May 2012 due to diverticulitis and everything went well. About a month ago, I started having dull pain lower left abdomen where I think the colon was resected. I don't even have to be moving to experience the pain. It's not disabling but not pleasant. A friend suggested it may be adhesions and I think this is right although I'll check this out with my doctor. What I won't do is get one more CT scan (check out the articles in the NY times). From what I've read, one has to learn to live with adhesions-about 93% of people having abdominal surgery develop adhesions but most are not aware of them.

Since: Jun 12

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#8 Apr 10, 2014
I was told that the best treatment for adhesions is massage. So for me, I see it as a good excuse to get massages.

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