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How do you think scar tissue affects the vagina?
I've had 4 vaginal surgeries. My Gyn said he can feel something hard along the posterior vagina. He did a rectal and vaginal exam at the same time and pressed on the area in question to see if he could feel what it might be. Since that exam the pain is worsening and beginning to feel like it did before the mesh removal. When I bend over I feel vaginal tightening, sort of like a wedgy. I'm having pain again from my tailbone to my rectum. I feel lots of pressure, like there's stool sitting in the rectum but I don't need to go. When I do have a BM the ground glass feeling is stronger than it was a few weeks ago. He did say that there's a possibility it could be mesh since only 90% of it was removed. I wonder if it's scar tissue. Any thoughts or experiences to share?
My Dr did tell me today that scar tissue takes a year to become pliable and not hard. Maybe it is the fact that it is so much so soon together and all the scar tissue is really hard and unyielding.
I would hate to think it is more mesh! It could be that he irritated the area with the exam. We have seen that even the best Dr's just don't have alot of answers and things heal REALLY slow up where there is no light and air. It may just be that time is going to help. I know THAT answer ***** (I got it today about the lump and I did not like it either)
Here is a great big hug to say I wish I had an answer! I will be gone for a couple of days but I will check back Sunday and see if someone else had any good ideas!
I don't know what to tell you, but please don't give up. Are you having your appt. soon with the colorectal doctor? I hope so, you need some answers. I'm wondering if your body has made adhesions and your perineal area is now connected to your rectal area by adhesions, but I am no expert of course. Please hang in there! There has to be a solution to your pain. Hugs.
Michelle, with the new perspective that I have, perhaps your rectal/vaginal pain could be due to adhesions like Bowlinggrl says: between your rectum and vagina perhaps or some other organs (my said the fallopian tube is often a culprit when nausea is involved). He said that adhesion pain is the type that tends to worsen and/or change with changes in position. I've been doing a search of the site to see what there is about this type of pain and mentions of bowel/rectal pain come up fairly
often. Just 2nding the notion you might want to bring up with your own UroGYN.
OrahDeb, I left you a long post to your thread about your post-op visit. I see great minds think alike. Once you mentioned that, the light went off in my head. My Gyn mentioned either scar tissue or mesh remnants. I feel like a dope that the word scar tissue didn't set off bells in my head, ADHESIONS! Dr Wonderful was supposed to be calling another pelvic floor reconstruction specialist and colorectal surgeon to consult with them. I haven't heard from him in over a week so I'll have to make a note of it to talk to him about it early next week when he calls to discuss the results to the thyroid ultrasound I'm having tomorrow.
Thanks for thinking of me and how your findings could be something I'm experiencing. As always you and I have traveled down this parallel road together. Don't you think it's time we got off and took a vacation??
MIchelle, first off good luck on the ultrasound tomorrow. I am sure the results will be normal but glad you are doing it.
I just read both your posts and it does seem like great minds think alike! The lightbulbs lit up half the country. Sure does seem to be a parallel pattern there! It just is so unfair that you are both in so much pain after already going through so much. I admire your spirit...I would not be so strong. Having an answer and a solution to the neverending problems would be such a relief. My fingers are crossed and the prayers are flying!
Good luck tomorrow and I can't wait to hear your Dr's thoughts on all of this!!! Here is a great big . I hope your day went well!
Kathie, you are a rock for me. Thanks for the good wishes for my ultrasound tomorrow. I'm sure it'll be fine but there's always that shred of doubt in the recesses of the mind. The other day it felt like I had a frog in my throat, a huge lump that lasted for a few days. I had myself convinced I was starting to feel the effects of the thyroid mass. Then I had some pressure in my chest and realized it was probably anxiety. More relaxed now and happy the appointment is finally here. Still won't breathe that deep sigh of relief until I know for sure it's nothing to worry about. Thanks again my sister. I'll let you know how it went tomorrow. 's
The ultrasound was just a tad uncomfortable. The tech rolls up a towel and puts it under your shoulder so your neck is hyperextended so I ended up with a minor headache. She was very kind and talkative but it's a little hard to answer as she's pressing and rolling the transducer over my throat. I asked if she saw anything and all she would say is that the radiologist would read it and mail the report to my Dr in 3-5 days. Seems like a long time to wait but I guess since I've already waited for 2 weeks what's a few more days. When I know you'll all know! Thanks for the good wishes Bowlinggrl.
Michelle, Glad to hear you came through the whole u/s okay. I had one years ago when first dx-ed and thought it uncomfortable like you, but not intolerable. They really only saw a bunch of small cysts in my 'goiter' at the time. I then went on to have the nuclear thyroid test. That one was almost funny. People in white suits hand you a pill that they do NOT touch (it's radioactive) and have you swallow it. You are then scanned and then told to come back and be scanned at different intervals later that day. It was also very easy, just weird. [Nothing was found, by the way. I was just hypothyroid.] Sending more +++ thoughts and hoping the waiting goes more easily the next few days........