Adhesion pain: chances are that you have not heard of this medical term unless you or a loved one has had very extensive or invasive medical treatments; however, adhesion pain is a very real and painful medical disorder. Adhesion pain can best be described as pain resulting from internal scar tissue that fuses together, most often in the abdominal region. Adhesion scars can come not only from surgical procedures, but from injuries that do not require invasive surgery, such as getting hit in the stomach or being in a car accident. Pain Pathways magazine has reported on this phenomenon in past issues. Adhesion scars can result in myriad medical complications, including chronic abdominal pain, fusion of internal organs, obstruction of the bowels, and infertility. Unfortunately, adhesion scars are more complicated to treat and diagnose since they do not appear on medical scans, such as CAT, PET, or x-rays. Treatment normally involves attending to the symptoms, such as bowel obstruction, and not the actual adhesion scar. Surgery is available to cut adhesion tissue in the abdominal cavity, but may in fact lead to more scar tissue, so it is not the normal course of action. As a result of the recognition and diagnosis of adhesion scar pain, some foundations and support networks have been formed around the country for those suffering from adhesion scar pain.
Have you heard of adhesion pain before? Chances are that you have not heard of this medical term unless you or a loved one has had very extensive or invasive medical treatments. However, adhesion pain is a very real and painful medical problem. So what is the condition, anyway? Adhesion pain can best be described as "pain resulting from internal scar tissue that fuses together, most often in the abdominal region."