The more serious the illness, the more important it is to fight back, mobilizing all your resources: spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical. ~Norman Cousins.
Adhesions are a common, yet perplexing, medical disorder. Often misdiagnosed, undiagnosed or under-diagnosed, the unfortunate sufferer will spend an average of 7-10 years in search of an answer to pain and other symptoms. Adhesions, or internal scar tissue, is known primarily as an iatrogenic disorder-one that is caused in the course of diagnostic or treatment procedures, such as surgery or radiation. Unfortunately, some physicians choose to remain silent about this debilitating condition, even when every symptom suggests adhesions.
Unfortunately for the sufferer of adhesions, physician after physician who suspects adhesions may not diagnose adhesions. Rather, countless physicians often dismiss these patients by using a ploy that always works: "You are depressed."
This demeaning diagnosis for a patient who is suffering extreme, debilitating pain assures the physician he has rid himself of a difficult patient. As difficult as it may be to accept, many physicians are not eager to go the long haul for those who are extremely ill, nor do they want to risk taking on a patient who is a liability.
Other physicians-even those who suspect adhesions-will often diagnose and treat for an illness the sufferer does not have (ex: IBS-irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's disease, endometriosis).
As a result, untold thousands are suffering unnecessarily from adhesions and are either ignored and dismissed, or are treated for conditions they do not have.