I have been through the ringer with tests, and also dealing with my other conditions, and I have a feeling this is what the Doc.s are going to find. "Abdominal adhesions are fibrous bands or thread-like scar materials formed in the abdomen following surgery, trauma, bleeding, infection or endometriosis." "Common surgical and medical conditions that could predispose to formation of pelvic or abdominal adhesion include cholecystectomy (removal of the gall bladder), ruptured appendicitis and subsequent appendicectomy, any bowel surgery, pus in the abdominal cavity, peritonitis, endometriosis, caesarean section (c-section adhesion), ectopic pregnancy repair, and indeed any major pelvic or abdominal surgery. " "Although most abdominal adhesions go unnoticed, the most common symptom is chronic abdominal or pelvic pain. The pain often mimics that of other conditions, including appendicitis, endometriosis, and diverticulitis" What are the symptoms of an intestinal obstruction? Symptoms of an intestinal obstruction include severe abdominal pain or cramping vomiting bloating loud bowel sounds swelling of the abdomen inability to pass gas constipation How are abdominal adhesions and intestinal obstructions diagnosed? No tests are available to diagnose adhesions, and adhesions cannot be seen through imaging techniques such as x rays or ultrasound. Most adhesions are found during exploratory surgery. An intestinal obstruction, however, can be seen through abdominal x rays, barium contrast studies—also called a lower GI series—and computerized tomography. How are abdominal adhesions and intestinal obstructions treated? Treatment for abdominal adhesions is usually not necessary, as most do not cause problems. Surgery is currently the only way to break adhesions that cause pain, intestinal obstruction, or fertility problems. More surgery, however, carries the risk of additional adhesions and is avoided when possible the info above are from some websites that deal with abdominal adhesions and the pain it can cause. this condition goes undx' because it has symptoms similiar to other conditions, some you may already have, due to co-exisiting conditions. When I was 23 I had explortary surgery, they found tumors, attached to my appendix, and ovaries, they cleaned them up, but not long after, the pain returned. I also had trouble getting pregnant (sp sucks sorry) and after finally having my son, I ended up having my uthuers removed, they left the ovaries, they had to remove those 10yr's later. plus I had my gallbladder removed. 1st explotary surgery, then utherus removed, then the ovaries removed, and finally the gallbladder, 4 major surgerys, so the odds are this is what is causing my pain, and constant imflammation, which is affecting the bladder, and causes me to have lite bleeding in my urine. it's been 2 years of hell, and having fms, spinal stenosis, degenerative disease though out my body, which causes othropedic problems, i have had 5 surergys for some of those also. sorry this is so long, as i don't get on the boards much these days, i have digital cysts on most of my fingers, and can hardly type, this took a while, and is probably full of sp errors, thanks for reading this, and if you have dealt with this problem please let me know if anything works for you other than surgery. I put MSM lotion on the scars, on the outside of my body, so maybe try some supplement with MSM might help, or give me the runs. yuck? Hope your Holidays are Happy, and as Painfree as possible. Hugs, sharonk.