Tummy problems after c section

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I had a c section about two years ago. During the procedure, the doctor mentioned that there was a lot of adhesions to my bowels which she had to scrape and cut off. I had a previous abdominal surgery which produced a lot of scar tissue. She told me that every time I get my period I will have discomfort on that side. It doesn't happen every month but periodically I experience discomfort on that side when I ovulate and sometimes throughout my period. My question is this is there anyone else out there with a similar experience who can relate to having tummy issues after a c section?

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    Oh wow, I can relate. I too have had multiple abdominal surgeries. I've have 2 bowel resection done because of diverticulitis. Had my appendix out. I had my gall bladder out in 2012 and the surgeon said I had so much scar tissue he couldn't see my gall bladder so he had to cut alot out. ThenI developed a hernia down below my belly but tTeton and had that repaired. I have a cyst on my left ovary and when I ovulate on that side I get severe pain that feels like a diverticulitis flare up. Because I bleed heavily I had a hysteroscopy down and everything was ok. Im considering an ablasion. However because I have the HPV virus, cyst on ovary and uterine fibroid I was consideringa hysterectomy. I'm 52 and still gettingmy period but i'm afraid the surgery will be complicated because of all the scar tissue! I dont know what to do!
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      As you would know--every abdominal surgery you have will result in more adhesions. After my hysterectomy when I was 27---I had to undergo more surgery for a bowel obstruction that was caused by one adhesion that was choking of my bowel. The pain from the obstruction was worse than labour and I would have died without the surgery. So there is a lot to consider before making the decision to have more surgery. However, given all of the other problems and associated pain that you have, I think if it was me, that I would have a complete hysterectomy and existing adhesions removed and hope any resulting adhesions aren't too bad. I found after suffering lower abdominal pain for the last 30 years (from the adhesions) that i have had a lot of relief from taking Movecol daily and that keeps my bowels very regular. My natural state of being slightly constipated most of the time was causing the peristaltic contractions of the bowel to be stronger and this was pulling on or being impeded by, the adhesions. Once the bowel didn't have to work as hard ---the pain slackened off considerably. Something you could try.
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      Oh wow, Nancy! You've been through far worse than I could imagine, poor dear. Yeah I have to agree with Coralie. If it is not absolutely necessary and you can avoid it; don't do anymore surgeries. They create more scar tissue. I wish you well with everything regarding that.

      Xx

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      Coralie, I really don't suffer from pain aside from some cramps during my period and when I ovulate on the left side. I don't suffer from constipation either usually because I don't have all of my colon anymore. I will take miralax if I feel I need it. The only reason I would consider a hysterectomy is because I have HPV and that puts me at greater risk for cervical cancer so I kind of feel like if I have the partial hysterectomy (I want to leave 1 ovary) then I forgo any cancer risks in that area. But because of all my surgeries I feel it may be more complicated then simple laproscopic procedure. I go to my OBGYN tomorrow night to see what he thinks. Worse comes to worse I will just have the ablasion done so I don't have to deal with the heavy bleeding. What did they do for the bowel obstruction? Did they have to cut a portion out? So much fun being a woman eh?
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      Re bowel obstruction---fortunately I was transported by ambulance to a large hospital and appropriate specialists who knew time was crucial and operated immediately. The bowel tissue was still OK so they only had to cut the adhesion away and check for more. I was lucky that way.Yes--I must say that being a woman is the best fun I've ever had--but that's only because I've never been a man! Next life         i think I,ll come back as a man. 
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