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Unread 05-04-2002, 03:00 PM
4 days post op

Hi ladies,
4 days post op and im not feeling to bad, im a little frustrated with some folks that promised to help out and i havent seen them, dh works 7 days.
Anyway im concerned because im not urinating as much im trying to get plenty to drink, and when i go to sit at potty im having to relax and concentrate for urination to start. Just wondering if this is normal.
Had TVH keeping ovaries.
Thanks for listening.
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Unread 05-04-2002, 03:24 PM

Hi Marta.

I'm sorry to hear that you're not getting the help that you need.

Do you have small children that need caring for? Please try to avoid over-exertion at all costs. Believe me, you might feel good at the time but you'll pay for it the next day or overall by sacraficing your healthy recovery.

I personally did not have the urination problems you spoke of but I do recall reading a posting about someone with a similar problem. I'm sure a search will bring result in the posting but I do recall that peppermint oil in the toilet bowl did the trick. Apparently the bladder is stimulated by peppermint oil so when she put some in the bowl and sat over it, it eventually helped her to urinate.

Also, drinking peppermint tea might help.

I hope this helps with the urination problem and I would strongly suggest that you follow up with the family members/friends who offered help pre-surgery and let them know that you need it now.

Please take care of yourself. I wish you the best for a successful recovery.
Unread 05-04-2002, 03:41 PM
4 days post op

YES I know what you are talking about. I am 6 days post op and it was the weirdest thing....... its like I had to teach the bladder where the path was to urinate. It kind of forgot what came so naturally before.
Now it does go right away without my conciously directing things. (if that makes sense)

I still hold my pillow to tummy when I go, cuz the pressure feelings are still there.

Feels good to be on the road to recovery huh?

Take care
xo DonnaFay
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Unread 05-04-2002, 05:45 PM
I found it!

I found the thread that talked about the peppermint oil helping with urination. It's at: https://www.hystersisters.com/vb2/sho...threadid=59816

It says to put a few drops in the toilet bowl. In this case she put it in the 'cap' in the hospital toilet.

Hope this helps.
Unread 05-04-2002, 05:55 PM
4 days post op

Yup, that was normal for me. I first mentioned it to my doctor the day after my surgery and he said it was normal. Just takes a while for all systems to get back to normal. He explained that they move the bladder way up out of the way for the surgery and it has to adjust to being put back in place. I hadn't heard of the peppermint oil "cure", but it would be worth trying. At 3 weeks post-op things are pretty much back to normal. Just a few twinges now when my bladder is nearly emptied but they are fading, too.
Unread 05-04-2002, 08:49 PM
Maybe this might help

When I left the castle, I asked for a peri bottle (Squirt bottle) I fill it with warm water and squirt myself, immediately I am urinating. Also try running the water when you want to go, that helps too.

Let me know if this is any help.

(1 week post op TVH - rectocele repair)

Unread 05-05-2002, 05:55 PM
4 days post op

Hi Marta,

I had the same situation and the peri-bottle (with warm-not hot water) was the biggist help to get things started. I never tried the pepperment oil but it is worth a shot. I still feel that my bladder is a little sensitive but working just fine.

Just SO glad that when I go now, I really do have to go.
Unread 05-05-2002, 06:13 PM
4 days post op

Dear Marta,
I had the exact same problem. I really had to focus and concentrate to get the urine to begin. I would sit on the potty for up to 10 minutes, sometimes, just having little dribbles come out. But each day got better. I am now 10 days post op and still having a few occurances of this, but not nearly as bad.

Good luck to you, sister, each day will get better.

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