What Do Adhesions Feel Like?

Symptoms caused by abdominal adhesions vary; however, most adhesions do not cause symptoms.

Typical symptoms caused by abdominal adhesions include abdominal discomfort around the belly button that is cramp-like followed by distention of the abdomen.

Symptoms may become intense with obstruction.

How do you know if you have adhesions?

Most abdominal adhesions don’t cause symptoms, but if they do, crampy gas pains are usually the first one to appear, Dr. Johnson says. Other warning signs – bloating, nausea, vomiting, and constipation – could point to a bowel obstruction.

What does internal scar tissue feel like?

In the early stages, scar tissue isn’t always painful. But over time, scar tissue may become painful as nerve endings regenerate. Scar tissue can also become painful over the course of an internal disease. The amount of pain can also vary based on the severity of the initial wound as well as its location on your body.

What do endometriosis adhesions feel like?

Women with adhesions describe the pain as being more of an internal stabbing rather than the dull and persistent throbbing that comes with endometriosis. Your daily movements and digestion can trigger adhesion symptoms. This can cause a sensation that feels like something is being tugged on inside you.

Do adhesions hurt?

Most commonly, adhesions cause pain by pulling nerves, either within an organ tied down by an adhesion or within the adhesion itself. Adhesions above the liver may cause pain with deep breathing. Intestinal adhesions may cause pain due to obstruction during exercise or when stretching.