This is my first post, so please bear with me if I mess it up! I am coming up on my 6th week from surgery. I had my uterus, tubes, and one ovary taken out. The doctor left one ovary so that I wouldn't go into menopause (I'm 42 years old). For the past week, I've been having a sharp stabbing pain in my left side. It hurts when I move around, sneeze, breathe deeply (the only time it doesn't hurt is when I sit still). The pain is more annoying than anything else, but I am worried as to what's causing it. After reading on it, it may be caused by adhesions. I plan on calling my doctor on Monday, but am really upset that I am not able to get ready for school. I teach and am usually active, but am already behind on planning due to this annoying pain. Is anyone else having this? Do I work through the pain, or should I lay around and let everything pile up even more? I am so stressed! I have only three weeks to get everything in order!!! Anyone have any suggestions or advice?? Thanks!!! K in Georgia
I had alot of pain for awhile. i decided to listen to my body and stop activity until the pain started to lighten up.Better safe then sorry.Found I couldnt acheive much anyway cause my body would object and then I would end up back in bed for a few days feeling awful. So I put off everything and let my body just heal. Watched a million movies and now i am 7 weeks post op and finally entering a pain free time(still with minimal activity)I am glad I choose to slow down. I was so healthy going in I was really surprised that my body needed so so much time and rest but it did.better safe then sorry!
First of all, take a deep breath. Then slowly release it to a count of 3. Repeat this several times to try to relax.
Definitely do not try to work through the pain. If you are in pain, your body is trying to tell you something. If you are having sharp stabbing pain that is pretty constant, I think I would call my doctor. There is probably an on call doctor who can better advise you. I would not be as worried about the planning for work as about the fact that you are having constant pain. It can be a lot of things and that is why your doctor really needs to know. The pain sounds like it is new and has not been there since the surgery which is another reason to call your doc. Nothing and I repeat nothing, is as important as your health. The rest will get done ;your number one job is to take care of yourself. Sending lots and lots of hugs. Try to relax and take it easy.
Always check with your doctor, we can say it is normal or common but it could be the one time it isn't.
Having said that, I am almost 41, had the same as you. I was left with one ovary and I also have
sharp pains, both on the side where I still have my ovary and here one used to be.
My friend who has a total TAH also had sharp pains for months after.