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Vaginal Infection, Low Iron, and Non Existent Vitamin D Vaginal Infection, Low Iron, and Non Existent Vitamin D

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Unread 03-10-2010, 07:06 PM
Vaginal Infection, Low Iron, and Non Existent Vitamin D

So, I was 4 weeks post op yesterday. Started running a temp on Saturday. Feel crummy. Went to the today and was given a vaginal exam which promptly lead me to kick my poor . Funny after the fact but was so embarrassed when it happened. He laughed when it happened and said Wow, sorry about that, didn't mean to hurt you...I promptly responded oops, sorry---guess you know know how I feel about sex huh. He laughed.

Internal stitches haven't started the healing process. Not sure why that is. He was confused too, although wondered if it was because of the fact that I am I diabetic too. He swabbed me and it came back positive for infection. So now I begin yet another round of antibiotics. I go back in two weeks for yet another pelvic exam--gee I can't wait for that, I bet will stand to the side this time

I was told that I can't go back to work yet like originally planned. Problems with keeping my iron level stable. I am down to 3.2 was at 13.4 before surgery. He wants me to see if I can maintain a normal level before letting me go back.

I have also had a low Vitamin D level but it is really low now. It's down to 7. He said that I need to have an infusion to help that since it is also hindering the recovery process.

So anyone else ever had this? Is it common to get vaginal infections after the hysterectomy? I've not taken baths only showers, I have had nothing vaginally except today with the doctor's pelvic exam, I am so confused.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 07:46 PM
Re: Vaginal Infection, Low Iron, and Non Existent Vitamin D

Vaginal infections.. UTI's, bladder infections, kidney infections etc... can all happen for a variety of reasons.. and some times for no reason at all. I am some one who has lots of experience with UTI's.... Caffiennee (pop, coffee etc) can contribute to cause UTI's... foods high in sugar, foods that are spicey... scented soaps... the cath from surgery, pads (which you could be wearing if you have discharge from surgery... can all cause UTI's.

Take all your antibioitics to completetion even if you feel 100% better.. Drink cranberry juice, wipe front to back, not back to front, change pads often, use antibacterial, non scented soaps and body washes. Drink water and cranberry juice, avoid pop and coffee.

For Low Iron, take all your Iron pills... use stool softner and/or miralax to help with the constpitation factor that can come from Iron pills. Eat food high in iron.

I am in the hospital currently for dehydration and low Iron... so be careful and listen to all your Dr. advice.

I hope you feel better soon.
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Unread 03-10-2010, 08:09 PM
Re: Vaginal Infection, Low Iron, and Non Existent Vitamin D

You poor ladies! I really hope you both get to feeling better soon!!!
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Unread 03-11-2010, 06:28 AM
Re: Vaginal Infection, Low Iron, and Non Existent Vitamin D

Hugs. Hope you heal fast and get things back to normal.
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Unread 03-11-2010, 07:16 AM
Re: Vaginal Infection, Low Iron, and Non Existent Vitamin D

Yeah, it's pretty normal after any surgery to get infections, just lowers your immune system so much. Did he have any idea why your iron and vit level were so low? Iron, that is quite a drop. I have seen more than a few ladies on here w/ low vit D, don't really know how the surgery affects vit levels. I hope you get feeling better soon and it gets better for you. Best wishes and many hugs.
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Unread 03-13-2010, 02:18 AM
Re: Vaginal Infection, Low Iron, and Non Existent Vitamin D

Odd thing about the Vit D- I live in a sunny area & I'm still deficient. I saw a consulting doctor who is a pain specialist and uses alternative therapies when I was in the hospital for a post-op pelvic infection and he ordered for me to get 4 times the amount of Vit D I was receiving in my usual multivitamin saying it would help me heal. (He offered some other nutritional suggestions, I can message you privately but of course, you should check with your own doctor to see what's best for YOU.) There was a lot of recent news about Vit D possibly helping fight off respiratory viruses too & since I was exposed to a lot of family with colds, he really encouraged me to take extra vitamin supplements throughout the day for the first 4-6 weeks post op. I think the big doses of Vit D might have helped, certainly didn't hurt & didn't cost much so I agreed with that doctor's advice.

Of course talk to your M.D. about ALL nutritional supplements and concerns you have before changing any of your daily routines while you're healing- some vitamins are NOT a good idea, some might be a waste of time/money.

I also learned that blood sugar can be out of whack post-op due to stress, healing and medications so the surgical nurses were starting to check all post-op patient's blood glucose levels daily whether they were diabetic or not at the hospital where I had surgery. Did your doctors give you any special instructions or warnings to check yours more frequently?

High blood sugar can delay healing & especially increase the risk of yeast infections. They warned me that the antibiotics for my post-op pelvic infection could lead to a yeast infection & gave me a prescription yeast treatment so I could treat that too if I had any symptoms. For me it feels like one problem leads to another and I made myself crazy thinking I must have done something wrong to have so many complications but the same MD told me to just ease up & focus on the future: resting, getting good nutrition including lots of lean protein & letting my body heal before I do too much. Any surgery can lead to infection and you have a healing incision in the vagina, just like other cuts or incisions it can get infected despite all the best precautions.

The best treatment is to be good to yourself. I just hope you're feeling better soon!
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Unread 03-13-2010, 07:02 AM
Re: Vaginal Infection, Low Iron, and Non Existent Vitamin D

GreenFlash--

Thanks for the reply. Yes, Dr. has talked to me about supplements, I am taking those now. Yes I do know about the blood sugars too. Those seem to be the only things that are good at this point. I am also taking the antibiotics and the prescription for possible yeast infection. He said he would rather be safe than sorry a this point.

I have some other blood work that has come back screwy too. For instance, I have a high sed rate, a high CRP, positive ANA, and others. The have me scheduled to see a rheumotolgist too. Lots and lots of doctor appointments in the next two weeks, so maybe I will get to the end of all of this.

I would love to know about the nutritional supplements and if you could email those to me, that would be great. Thanks again for taking the time to reply to me. I really appreciate it.
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Unread 03-14-2010, 04:36 PM
Re: Vaginal Infection, Low Iron, and Non Existent Vitamin D

Hang in there! My surgery was just a couple of days after yours and they keep telling me to give it another month, this is still early healing. My new goal is to be back to normal by June. Hope I can stay patient that long!

I'll send you a private message with the details of what I'm trying. I like my doctors since they encourage "wellness" and "complementary therapies" especially for patients with chronic illnesses. The blood tests you mentioned are all symptoms of inflammatory response (or auto-immune dysfunction) and I've been through a ton of those workups as well. Maybe it's just a side effect of your healing & fighting off infection? I hope you get encouragement from the rheumatologist, there are good ones out there. I've been given an assortment of auto-immune diagnoses over the years and it's spurred me to use these nutritional/lifestyle therapies even more.

Good luck!
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