Thursday, January 12, 2012

What is adhesion related disorder (ARD)?

What is adhesion related disorder (ARD)?
Adhesion related disorder is a complex set of symptoms related to adhesions. Patient’s primary complaint is usually chronic abdominal pain. Their symptoms can be primarily in one area of the abdomen but are often generalized, vague, crampy and difficult to define. The symptoms of ARD could include:

•Chronic pain
•Bowel obstruction
•Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, (GERD)
•Urinary Bladder dysfunction
•Pain and difficulty having a bowel movement
•Pain on movement such as: Walking, sitting or laying in certain positions.
•Loss of Nutrients due to poor eating habits or loss of appetite.
•Loss of employment due to lost work days
•Loss of family and social life
•Emotional Disorders such as: Depression, Thoughts of Suicide, Hopelessness
Other intestinal problems can accompany the pain. Constipation or obstruction is sometimes encountered. Alternating constipation with diarrhea from partial obstruction can also be seen. Symptoms may also be related

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