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One month post hysterectomy bladder concerns - is it normal? One month post hysterectomy bladder concerns - is it normal?

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Unread 07-29-2021, 10:17 PM
One month post hysterectomy bladder concerns - is it normal?

Hello everyone. Today is my one month anniversary. The doctor took it all due to blood tests being high for cancer and both ovaries covered in cysts that were actually larger then the ovaries. I returned to work after two weeks and felt everything was going fine. By the end of the first week I had a horrible pain when I went to pee - felt like my bladder wanted to squeeze itself so hard and fall out of me. The pain continued after I had peed and I felt like I still needed go. Come to find out it was a UTI. I had never had one so I was scared my bladder was coming out. Then I thought perhaps I was doing too much and did it to myself. Finished the antibiotic today and although I don’t feel the same pain my bladder doesn’t feel right. Just twingy. Guess my question is- is it normal? Am 5’8 118 lbs and don’t drink or smoke or take any vitamins/supplements. Have never had any medical problems. The doctor said the surgery went perfect and after my two week checkup said everything was healing well. Did I damage my insides by returning to work too soon? I work in an office so there is no heavy lifting. I know I should tell my doctor my concerns but I don’t want to sound stupid.
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Unread 07-30-2021, 06:40 AM
Re: One month post hysterectomy bladder concerns - is it normal?

Don't worry, your bladder isn't going to fall out - there are ligaments and the pelvic floor keeping it in place, and it doesn't sound like prolapse repair was a reason for your hysterectomy. Bladder spasms are pretty common after a hysterectomy - catheterization and all the trauma nearby are the cause. For me, the spasms were sensations of frequency, difficulties starting and maintaining a stream, and not feeling emptied out - often going again in 10 minutes to finish the job. Just monitor in case you have a stubborn UTI. As for thinking your return to work caused it, don't. The balance of the good bacteria which often keep UTIs at bay isn't as good after surgery due to the antibiotics we're on, and the infection-causing bacteria can take ahold.

I returned to work at two weeks to my part time desk job at further reduced hours, and was rewarded with dull crampy aches, swelling, back ache, fatigue and stress from catching up. I ended up working another week at further reduced hours, but in hindsight, I should have stayed home until released. So often we don't consider that we had 4-5 sets of ligaments, blood vessels and connective tissue cut internally plus organs removed, and anything which bleeding was stitched or cauterized. With laparoscopic surgery, all we see is a few incisions and we get lulled into thinking not much was done. It is eye-opening how much we use our core in sitting upright.

At 4 weeks, you're still healing and you will be for several more weeks and months. Since you've just joined us, you might find these resources helpful in knowing what to expect:I'd also like to invite you to connect with your Recovery Thread for women who had surgery the same week as you at Recovery Progress Reports for June 28-July 04. Recovery Threads are wonderful for getting support, comparing notes, encouraging others, and keeping one another company.

Unread 07-30-2021, 10:49 AM
One month post hysterectomy bladder concerns - is it normal?

Thank you so much for putting my mind at ease. I will definitely slow down and stop trying to return to normal life so quickly. Since the outside of my body looks fine I tend to feel like the inside must be as well. It isn’t and I need to let it heal so that I don’t create more problems down the road. Thank you again.
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Unread 07-30-2021, 05:52 PM
Re: One month post hysterectomy bladder concerns - is it normal?

Yes, definitely bladder spasms. Fun, aren't they? I also had a hospital-acquired UTI the first week out from surgery that went undiagnosed. I had bladder spasms for the first three months out of surgery. It will get better, I promise! Happy healing to you.

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