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Should I still be in pain 10 weeks after hysterectomy? Should I still be in pain 10 weeks after hysterectomy?

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Unread 01-13-2021, 10:09 AM
Should I still be in pain 10 weeks after hysterectomy?

10/30/2020 was my surgery day for a complete hysterectomy using the Da Vinci method. Today I'm still in pain. Whenever I empty my bladder, poop, or pass gas, it hurts. Sometimes I have to hold my belly when I do any of those things. I'm feeling pain where my uterus and everything used to be. My vagina is just fine though. On 12/28 the doc prescribed antibiotics because he thought maybe I had an infection. Apart from the upset stomach and diarrhea, it didn't change a thing. I just want the pain to go away. I hate feeling like I'm on my period. When does it go away???
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Unread 01-14-2021, 09:20 AM
Re: Should I still be in pain 10 weeks after hysterectomy?

One of the hardest things to wrap our brains around is just how long this recovery takes. We've had major surgery with lots of internal incisions which accompanied the organ removal. That's why we're our doctors' patients for up to 8 weeks, and why you'll read that full healing takes 4-6 months, sometimes longer. I didn't fully buy into it either, until I had a few more months in the rear view mirror. Our article How Long Will the Pain Last After Hysterectomy? is not really so much about the pain, but rather the view from 36,000 feet about this recovery. I got dull aches and swelling through 8 weeks, and beyond 8 weeks whenever I did more than my body was ready for. Sometimes it was activity specific, once it was a very long day between work and attending an outdoor concert. Last time at the mat with those symptoms was at 5 months.

What kind of pain level are you talking about? Refer to Communicating Pain After Hysterectomy will make sure we're on the same page. Do you need meds (even OTC) for the pain, or does bracing your abdomen alone help? Does the pain linger after emptying your bladder or colon?

Digestive pains can be, well, painful especially on a body which had surgery. I had to actively manage my digestive system for 7-8 weeks after surgery. Even now when I have issues, I've not gotten enough water or fiber - or have eaten the wrong foods - a day or two before. Make sure you get foods with fiber and magnesium (: dark leafy greens, whole grains, fiber cereal, nuts, seeds, fruits [fresh, dried or frozen in smoothies], warm liquids like tea) and enough water-water-water to swamp a canoe to keep your stool soft. When you sit on the commode, prop your feet up to properly align your colon for emptying.

The bladder pain could be bladder spasms, although I wouldn't expect that to be happening this far out. Given that the pain is happening with both your bladder and colon, this could be where you are in healing. Try not to let your bladder get too full.

If the pain doesn't get better or managing your GI tract doesn't help, you may wish to consider pelvic floor therapy to strengthen the pelvic muscles which could help with residual pain.

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