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Period Pain before Hysterectomy

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Period Pain before hysterectomyI just got my last period before my hysterectomy. What is a good pain reliever that I can take so close to my surgery? Anyone have any advice on how to manage this last period?

The last period before surgery can bring with it extra challenges since many of the typical pain relievers and supplements are not allowed so close to surgery. Many of the HysterSisters share that over-the-counter acetaminophen (Tylenol) products just do not seem to work!

Some doctors are willing to prescribe pain medications for the last period in lieu of the over-the-counter products on the restricted list. Many are acetaminophen based, but they can contain additional ingredients to make them more effective. There are also other, non-narcotic choices your doctor can prescribe. If you are unable to touch base with your surgeon, call your general practitioner for some help.

Besides pain medications, there are other options you can try. A long, hot soak in the tub with a good book, soft music, and lots of bubbles can be helpful. The heat may ease the pain while the bubbles, music, and book ease your mind.

Your heating pad or hot water bottle will be your friend. Be careful not to fall asleep with these though; they can burn you. ThermaCare Menstrual patches can work well, too, without a cord!

Avoid caffeine right now, including your milk chocolate. Caffeine constricts blood vessels which can worsen cramps. Additionally, it can raise your tension and anxiety levels. Instead, try some decaffeinated tea, non-carbonated drinks, and lots of water. Parsley added to your tea could help your body relax, and warm beverages may be the most helpful.

Dairy products, red meat, alcohol, salt, and sugar may also increase your cramps so try to avoid these foods right now. Instead, try salmon, hummus, and a bit of dark chocolate. Watery fruits and vegetables could also help by keeping you more hydrated. Leafy green vegetables such as spinach are high in magnesium, a natural muscle relaxer, so those are a good choice as well.

Although you really will not feel up to it, try to a walk or swim. Believe it or not, exercise can help ease menstrual cramping. For one, it takes your mind off your pain. Two, exercise releases beta-endorphins which, according to some doctors, can function like human morphine.

This final period can bring with it much pain and discomfort, but hang in there and know it is your last. Do not hesitate to talk to your doctor if your pain is unmanageable. Otherwise, try some of these tips, get some rest, and know it will be over soon.

This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

05-08-2013 - 09:52 PM


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