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Unread 10-13-2003, 02:29 PM
suffering from many postop problems help?

hi all, i had a laposcopic assisited vaginal hysterrectomy. i am about just over 2 weeks post op. I have many issues arising at this point and need help. I have low back pain, Nausea, Lightheaded, cramping, Extremely tired, smelly discharge that is anywhere from pink to yellow brown and pain in my stomach when i pee. Is this normal or should i be worried at this point? I got anemia from loss of so much blood at time of surgery and take iron everyday too. thanks for help!
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Unread 10-13-2003, 02:56 PM
suffering from many postop problems help?

Your smelly discharge is normal - your stitches are disolving and they create the smell. Unless it is bright red & heavy - you're fine.

I'm at 7 weeks & get pooped after taking a wlk sometimes - you will be very tired for a few weeks & then moderately tired after that.

I got lightheaded every time I got up from the couch - reason being I was laying down all the time.

Low back pain - I had this for a bit along with cramping but it went away.

What you decribed is normal but if you are worried - call your doctor.

I always felt that doctors should give out a handbook after surgery "This is what you might experience after surgery"
Unread 10-13-2003, 02:56 PM
suffering from many postop problems help?

You need to call your doctor about the discharge, nausea, cramping and being lightheaded. I had a TAH so don't know if the vaginal ones come with cramping or not. What meds are you taking for pain? My doc gave my a prescription for a narcotic pain pill to take for a while but also had me taking 2 Aleve twice a day. I took the prescription for just over a week. Took the Aleve for about 4 weeks. At my post op just past 5 weeks doctor said I should still take the Aleve. I had mentioned that I was having low back pain. I have gone back to taking Aleve twice a day, but usually only 1 pill at a time. If I have been doing a lot I will take 2 pills sometimes. It also seems to help with keeping swelly belly under control.

About the pain when you pee. You need to let the doctor know what it feels like. I get a pain at the end of peeing that feels like my bladder deflating. My doc said it is bladder spasms that should go away in time and gave me a month sample of Detral LA. It helps some but I still get that feeling sometimes. However, your pain may be something else like a bladder infection. You need to talk to your doc about this as well.

Don't be afraid to call the office with these problems. That is what they are there for. All my calls went to the nurse that just handles phone calls and she relayed them to the doctor and then called be back to let me know what the doc said. If you have a problem and let it go it could cause you more problems. Worse case is you will call the doc and they will find nothing, but will be able to provide answers. Part of their job is to help with the emotional part of the surgery.

Good luck and call that doctor!
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Unread 10-13-2003, 02:56 PM
suffering from many postop problems help?

Since you are so very early in your recovery, there are a few things that you are feeling that are pretty common. Being so tired is something I complained about for the first year post op. Your body just went through a major surgery and is healing and that is alot of work, on top of that you were anemic, so you feeling tired is common. The discharge could be from your stitches inside that are healing, and that could account for the odor. I had a slight odor around two to three weeks from healing stitches inside. However, with so much going on that you are concerned about, I think it would be wise to give your Dr's office a call and tell them what's going on and they may want you to come in and see them. You are so early in your recovery, there's going to be alot going on as you go through the healing process, and sometimes each day you feel or notice something new. My Dr told me any fever, new pain or bright red blood to call her. A discharge is pretty normal following hysterectomy. To make yourself feel better, I'd call your Dr's office. To put your mind at ease if for nothing else.
Unread 10-13-2003, 03:07 PM
suffering from many postop problems help?

thank you allfor your advice i think i will call doctor and see what they say. i will update you on what happened. thanks again.
Unread 10-13-2003, 03:17 PM
suffering from many postop problems help?

hey all i called the doctor and i am being seen tomorrow afternoon they said i defeintly need to come in. i keep you all updated on what the doc says.
Unread 10-15-2003, 07:28 AM
suffering from many postop problems help?

thanks alli wenttodoctors and everything is normal, He said i am problay over doing it because i am getting back into swing of things and having 3kids running around makes it hard. I am also happy to report my blood count is good so no more iron pills.
Unread 10-15-2003, 10:35 AM
suffering from many postop problems help?


Great to hear that everything is 'normal' (as normal as it can be anyway!). Don't wear your self out with those kids!

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