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Adhesions-Crippling Abdominal Pain

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  • 5 Years Ago
After suffering 14-years from agonizing pain, nausea and vomiting, our daughter was finally accepted for laparoscopy surgery by a physician who believed she might have a severe case of endometriosis. Prior to that surgery, physician after physician had insisted our daughter must learn to: "live with her pain". Top surgeons had refused to perform surgery, even though repeated x-rays revealed "narrowed bowel." We were told the narrowed bowel was the result of Crohn's disease, yet biopsies had not revealed granulomas-which, according to medical literature-must be present for a conclusive diagnosis of Crohn's disease. The surgery for the suspected endometriosis did not reveal endometriosis-rather adhesions. Her internal organs were fused together. Though the surgeon stated the adhesions had been taken down and she would be well, her condition quickly worsened. Months later, another surgery was performed by a different surgeon. This time, our daughter was so much worse after surgery that she asked us to stop praying for an answer; rather pray God would take her home. She just couldn't endure the pain and suffering any longer. I begged her not to give up. In a state of complete panic, I searched the internet day after day. I stumbled upon a website where a woman from California who had suffered from adhesions was reporting she had just returned from Europe after having gasless laparoscopy-and she was well! Within weeks, my daughter and I were bound for Frankfurt, Germany. In a mere 4-hour surgery, followed by a 3-hour surgery seven days later (at the second look) our daughter was finally relieved of her many years of suffering. We left Germany with enormously grateful hearts...and a new lease on life. Though it took our daughter several months to wrap her head around the reality she was finally well (she kept waiting for the monster to return, just as it always had), she finally came to realize she was-in fact-completely well. After losing so many years of life, she had a difficult time trying to pick up the pieces from where this illness first began. After all, she was 13 years old when she became ill, and 27 years old when she became well. The years in between were only a painful and emotional blur-a time warp of misery. Eventually, she began dating, and soon became married. Two children followed; beautiful blessings that she once feared would never happen. As her mom, I had made a vow to God I intended to keep: show me what is wrong with this child, allow her to become well again, and I will tell the world. I dedicate much of my life to ARD awareness, with the hope that no other child (or adult) lose precious years of life due to the medical silence that surrounds this disorder.

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