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Unread 10-17-2003, 10:54 PM
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Well, I had my laparoscopy today. Dr. found a incuidal (sp) hernia. Next step is a general surgeon to get a second opinion, I'm not bouncing back from this one as easy as the first having difficulty with pain management and abdominal swelling. Any thoughts?

Thank you, as always, for your support.
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Unread 10-18-2003, 10:19 AM

I'm glad you found out what the problem may be but I'm sorry you are in pain. I don't know much about hernias, but I'm sure some of the ladies here have gone through this. I am in a lot of pain from this oophorectomy, which started out as a lap. My entire abdomen is bruised. I think the more surgeries we have, the harder it gets. When do you see the surgeon, and what can they do to fix it? Please rest and take pain meds. Post when you are up to it. You are in my prayers.
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Unread 10-18-2003, 02:50 PM
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Dear Karen,
I am glad it seems the doctor found the cause of your pain. I do hope it can be fixed easily (well... relatively so...).

My husband has had three hernias repaired. Two were I believe inguinal hernias but I am not exactly certain. They were in his groin on each side.

He had them repaired using mesh on the inside. It is supposed to be better (so he researched) to have the mesh on the inside as then it holds better when pressure is put against it. I know he had it done laparascopically ... he was sore for a while but healed very well and it doesn't bother him at all now.

I do hope this is your exit off the "road" Karen!!

Many s and good wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Unread 10-18-2003, 04:05 PM
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I go back to the gyn for my follow up on the 30th, so I'll know more then. From the research I did the only way to fix it is by surgery and the longer you let it go, the worse it gets.

Druid, I think you are right about each procedure being harder to recover from than the one before it. A body can only take so much. After the way this one knocked me down I'm going to try to hold out until after the holidays. I just started a new job and really don't want to take all that time right now. Anyway, it'll probably take that long to determine the game plan.

One worry is that this may be a recurring thing now. I'll be sure to ask them that when I go in. Some of the research I did said it come from weakened pelvic muscles. Oh, good news was no endo OR adhesions.
Unread 10-18-2003, 05:16 PM
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Hi and Hugs,
I'm glad there was no endo or adhesions. That is a blessing. I understand how you feel about having a new job and now more health issues to deal with. I have to be off now 4-6 weeks without pay and I just started this job in August, so I haven't worked long enough for time off. It's been a nightmare. If you can take some time to figure out what is best then it may not be so difficult. In my case now, I wasn't even expecting surgery - I went to the ER for the pain, and then bam, found out my ovary was all messed up and ended up with surgery before I could even think. I hope your appointment goes well with the gyn. I'll be watching for posts on how you are doing.
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Unread 10-23-2003, 07:00 AM
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I talked to my GP on Monday. She ( and gyn) think that hernia is incidental, that they just happened to find it. So, I guess I'm bank to square one.

I'm still in alot of pain and am going to call the dr today. I really don't remember feeling this rotten almost a week later. I guess it could be my pain tolerance is really low right now. Not to be gross, but I went #2 yesterday for the 1st time since lap and thought I was dying it hurt so bad. I'm just wondering if they maybe aggravated the existing problem.

Any feedback would greatly help.

Unread 10-23-2003, 07:43 AM
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Dear Karen

When I went to see the doctor at the Mayo Clinic he told me that even if he is highly successful with the surgery, that it may be several months before I notice any pain relief. He said it is because the nervous system becomes involved in the pain process at some point and it can take a while to quiet it down.

As I understood from what he told me, this is how it is with all chronic pain conditions and that is why sometimes people with, for example, chronic leg pain who have the leg amputated can end up with phantom limb pain.

I did have this experience with the surgery I had in 1999 after the pain mapping. The doctor took care of all the things from the pain mapping as well as some endo. However, I still had awful pain for several months and actually went to the ER for shots of Demerol it was so bad (maybe like it had been annoyed?). However, at about 4 months out I started to notice I was better and after that I started feeling better quite quickly. I didn't become completely pain free but I went from about a 7-8 on most days to a 2-3 which was GREAT!

The drugs like Elavil and Nuerontin are supposed to help with this kind of nervous system pain or pain amplification.

I hope this helps. You are still very new post-op so you may still find relief from your surgery. When I went to see the Pelvic Pain specialist he told me that undiagnosed hernias were often a cause of chronic pelvic pain. Have you tried the antidepressants or anti-seizure meds to see if they help?

I do hope that things start getting better soon

Unread 10-23-2003, 08:10 AM
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I am so sorry you are in such pain sweetie!!

I also have had a hard time recovering from my latest surgery to have a hernia re-repaired and repairs and a bladder sling put in. I am having so many problems right now I dont know what is coming from where!!

As for the hernia repair, I had an umbilical hernia due to 6 laps and the first one done by my Gyn was just closed with sutures. I ended up busting it open again having a BM and it just grew until it was larger than it was to begin with. I had it repaired again 2 1/2 months ago and the GS used mesh this time and it is holding VERY well now, even with the bowel probs I still have. Unfortunatly he had to make a 3 inch incision across my bally button to get in there and put the mesh in and there were adhesions stuck to the back side of my navel that he removed. I still am sore there and if I lesn against my counter to do dishes I instantly jump back due to it hurting. I also think I have pulled away some of the mesh since I have a very sore spot on the left side of my incision that hurts if I move a certain way or push on it. I can actually feel the square piece of mesh in there. I hope your gets fixed properly and they use the mesh so you dont have a reocurance like I did.

As for the nerve pain. I am on Neurontin for sciatic nerve pain and it works wonders. Just beware that some people have unwanted side effects from it and some have none, it just depends on the person. I had no side effects except being a little dizzy at first but it went away quickly.

I will keep you in my prayers!!

Unread 10-24-2003, 06:18 AM

I've decided to go to the ER. I would've yesterday, but it was my daughter's 10th birthday.

I know it can take a while for the pain to go away but I feel as bad as I did the first day. It hurts to go to the bathroom and I'm really bruised in my abdominal area. Last night was bad. I just laid and cried.

Thank you for your support. I don't know what I'd do without this web site.

Unread 10-24-2003, 07:07 AM
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Oh Dear Karen

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