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Unread 06-05-2003, 08:37 PM
Still in pain


My surgery was 6 months ago and I still have pain on my right side all the time. Went back to the dr and he did an ultrasound and said everything looked fine. Thinks it may be scar tissue on the abdominal wall. Has anyone else had this? Did it ever get better. I REALLY don't want to have anymore surgery.
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Unread 06-05-2003, 08:59 PM
Still in pain

I am 10 months post op and I still have pain in the same spot in one area of my right that I have had since at least 1999. I have new pain on my left which I think might be my left ovary and the same thing as on the right (because it is in the same spot on the left as the pain is on the right).

If you had this pain prior to the hysterectomy it would make a difference in what you might want to do. I went to see a pelvic pain specialist in Denver about my pain problems because my local doctor just wanted to see if taking out my left ovary might help... I didn't want to do surgery just to see if it would help especially since all the previous surgeries did not help the spot on the right.
The pain specialist was able to find the bad spot on my right during the exam and determined that it was the area where the pudendal nerve, a major vein, and the obturator internus muscle all come together. As I have had the pain for a long time and no endo has ever been seen there it is likely one of those tissues causing the pain... so possibly pudendal nerve damage, myofascial trigger points, or pelvic congestion. None of these would be helped by further surgery and there are less invasive things to try to make the pain from the area less. It is not likely scar tissue that can be surgically helped since I had 3 surgeries since the pain started with no obvious adhesions etc. in the area.

If you still have your ovaries, they could be causing the problem. I still have my left ovary and am having a pelvic venogram done in the next few weeks to determine if I have pelvic congestion of the ovarian veins causing me pain on the left side.

ANyway, just some thoughts. I am trying to avoid surgery and would only opt for that if someone could show me that it would help (ie. something terrible showed up on an u/s or MRI). Surgery is definately the right thing for many problems but I am not convinced it is right for me at this point in time. I suspect that if I had an ultrasound it would come back normal right now as it has always done in the past... So I would definately consider whether this is a new pain or a previous pain that never went away....

I hope you find an answer.

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