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mild cramping and spotting after 4wks? mild cramping and spotting after 4wks?

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Unread 11-06-2003, 04:26 PM
mild cramping and spotting after 4wks?

Hello everybody!!!! I had a abdom. hyst. oct. 13th. due to severve
endo. Doc. could only take one ovary ,and could not take the cervix. I have only had mild pains here and there but last night I had a lot of back pain and this AM I started light bleeding with mild cramps kind of like the start of a period. Is this normal?

Thank you!!!!
Unread 11-06-2003, 05:23 PM
mild cramping and spotting after 4wks?

on a scale of 1-10 how bad are the cramps? It isn't the utuerus, cuz its gone, but I have mild cramps .5 on the 1-10 scale- muscles in the pelvic girdle, and back. I figured it is ok, at 4 weeks post op since everything is getting readjusted to the new me. For myself I decided not to bother the dr.s office unless the cramps get up to a 5. they never have. They also seem to come on when I have been more busy or done more things.

i guess what I am saying is that I don't see them as serious- at this point. So you have to decide how bad they are and then decide if you need to call the dr.

good luck

Unread 11-06-2003, 07:19 PM
mild cramping and spotting after 4wks?

Thanks for the response, They are very mild. I was just concerned
because I also have light bleeding along with it. I was wondering if it could be a actual period since I still have one ovary?
Thank you. Jenbabe
Unread 11-07-2003, 05:15 AM
mild cramping and spotting after 4wks?

Hi Jenbabe,

It could be one of two things:

Around 4 to 5 weeks post-op, your internal sutures start dissolving, which can cause cramping sensations and light spotting,


it could be a mini-period. If you keep your cervix along with one or both ovaries, sometimes there's some of the endometrial lining left in the cervix which reponds to the hormones the ovaries secrete just like the uterus would. So, some ladies get "mini-periods" every month. Usually these mini-periods just require a panty liner for a day or two, but in some cases the bleeding can be substantial and may require further surgery to remove the cervix or an office procedure to cauterize the tissue.

It wouldn't hurt to give your doctor a call, just to be on the safe side. Any new pain or bleeding should always be reported.


Unread 11-07-2003, 09:49 AM

Thank you for the info! I will call the doc today!

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