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Unread 05-15-2009, 08:53 PM
Recovery help after Lap to remove Endo & scar tissue ~ Many Questions

Hi everyone, this is my first post and I am hoping you all can answer a few of my questions.

I had been having pains since May of last year. But I had been having very painful and heavy periods for many years. Periods that lasted 3 weeks of heavy bleeding and tons of pains. I have had 2 cyst since May of 2008, both on my left ovary. The last one ruptured and I ended up in the ER. This was after I had gone to my ob and he confirmed the cyst. I had no idea that the pain from the cyst bursting would be so bad. I got scared and dh took me to the ER.

I was still having pains on my left ovary all the way through my back. He set me up for a lap. Fri, the 7th of this month, I went in and he removed a lot of endo from behind my left ovary and utitus as well as a lot of scar tissue.

Doc said that I should be feeling better by Saturday. Well it's been a week!!! I feel like crap.

I have no energy.
I wake up in the morning and feel like I have been up for days.
I can barely stand up straight.
I can not lay flat on my back.
I now have a bladder infection from the cath.
I was running a temp from the infection.
I have a ton of pressure in my lower ab.
I am having alot of pain.
I don't feel like eating.
I am staying nauseated all the time.

I called the nurse and she called me in some meds for the infection. I also canceled my appt for this past Thursday, I was just to tired to go and reset it for this Monday.

Is this normal?
When should I start to feel like myself again?
When will these pains go away?
What is the normal recovery time?

The doc said I would be feeling better by last Saturday. That was a load of crap. The nurse said that with all of the endo and scar tissue he took out, that it could take a couple of weeks.

I went back to work this past Monday, but I did not last a whole day. I am lucky with my job, that I can leave with in a couple of hours if I have to. But even just getting out of bed take everything out of me. I missed 2 days of work this week.

I just want all of this to be over. Can any of you give my some insight here, please.
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Unread 05-16-2009, 12:18 PM
Re: Recovery help after Lap to remove Endo & scar tissue ~ Many Questions

((jarerice)) !

I am so sorry you are not feeling well right now! While I didn't do badly after my first laparoscopy, I did not do well after my last one! My endo specialist was very meticulous and I was warned that could make everything a bit worse, though that was best in the long run!

Having a fever will wipe you out by itself. Having surgery will, too. Throw them together and...! Also, not being able to eat will keep your body from coping as well as it does not have the nourishment it needs to be strong. Did your doctor give you any meds for the nausea? Those can be very helpful on two fronts--letting you feel better and allowing you to eat or at least take in liquid nourishment (shakes, Boost, Ensure).

Did your doctor give you any pain meds to take? Some pain meds could be contributing to some of your symptoms. They can leave you feeling very tired and groggy as well as nauseated.

Anesthesia does quite a number on some people!

Are you feeling any better today? If you feel worse, you do need to call your doctor! Definitely take it easy this weekend!

For you back you might feel better if you stay in a recliner with a heating pad. That was definitely something that has helped me.

Try to drink plenty of water so you don't get dehydrated as that will just make everything worse, including your backache because of your kidneys. Eat whatever you can get down to get some nourishment.

I am sending extra gentle :cybhug: and best wishes!

Oh, you did not have a hysterectomy yesterday, May 15th, correct? When you get a moment, and I know you don't feel well right now, you can update your profile to remove that date by using this link:
Unread 05-16-2009, 07:36 PM
Re: Recovery help after Lap to remove Endo & scar tissue ~ Many Questions

A week is a very short period of time in terms of recovering from a major surgery. Two weeks as well. Don't be too hard on yourself for not meeting your own (or your doctor's and nurse's) expectations. Give yourself the time that you need. Even when we start to feel better, we need to be careful not to undue what our stitches are there to accomplish. Hugs to you and I hope you feel much better after treating your infection.
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Unread 05-18-2009, 06:06 AM
Re: Recovery help after Lap to remove Endo & scar tissue ~ Many Questions


I started feeling like me again yesterday!!!! No more fever, I can eat, I can move, I've gone to the bathroom and no more sice feeling!!!!

Thank goodness!!! I havn't felt like me since before the surgery. I spent time with the kids yesterday without ever riasing my voice. I was in a good mood. And the pain from the endo is gone!!!!!

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