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Unread 12-01-2003, 04:11 PM
posterior repair still hurting

Hello all you brave and wonderful women. I'm 10 weeks post-op and have been so up and down the last month or so. Felt OK to begin with but am now experiencing, dragging, stabbing pains in my vagina, terrible bleeding piles and more or less the same difficulties emptying my bowel as before. Feel worse now sometimes then at the start. Sometimes I have comfortable days, other times are hell and I'm wondering if I will ever heal, will I always have uncomfortable sensations in my vagina, will I ever want to have sex again? I got some anti-deps from the Dr as I could feel myself really losing a grip of reality, and my faith has been so sorely tested. I'm trying hard to trust the Great Mother, give myself positive healing messages and trust that I will recover from this, but it's so hard to know this sometimes. My Consultant was so unhelpful, brushing me off and telling me that he didn't know what the sensations were, but to return in 6 months when things have 'settled down' and I'm thinking SIX MONTHS!! I really thought I would be over this in 6 weeks and it's just not the case. The exhaustion is just chronic sometimes and I'm definitely not ready to lift anything heavy, as each time I try I can feel my vagina really pressured afterwards. Does anyone know anything about scar tissue, internal healing and what these pains could be? Also has anyone had any success with oestregen creams?
May the Goddess protect you all.
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Unread 12-02-2003, 03:46 AM
posterior repair still hurting

Hi Eladriol,

I didn't have any repairs and haven't experienced what you are going through, but did want to send some s your sound like you could use some!

The blood you are describing does concern me and doesn't sound like that should be happening. Is it possible to see another Dr., such as a gastroenterologist, who specializes in bowel problems?

I realize I'm not being a lot of help here, but I sure hope that things will get better for you soon. And hopefully someone with some experience in this area will be along soon to respond.

In the meantime, best wishes and more s
Unread 12-02-2003, 10:49 AM
posterior repair still hurting

Hi eladrial,

I'm awfully sorry that you are in pain. I had repairs for a rectocele (bowel prolapse) and a cystocele (bladder prolapse) and I do remember being quite uncomfortable for several weeks because of those repairs, but I did not have the bleeding that you described. Did you have hemorrhoids before your hyst? As far as I know, the rectocele surgery would not have helped take care of that type of problem.

Are you taking a stool softener? Are you watching what you eat? Pain meds can be constipating, and of course, lots of foods are too. You may want to talk to a doctor about taking a stool softener to help, if the bleeding is caused by being constipated. If it's from already existing hemorrhoids, then you may need to see a gastroenterologist, as Tina suggested.

I had some vaginal pains occasionally, due to the stitches in my vaginal wall. My doctor prescribed an estrogen cream to use on the vaginal opening which eventually helped to soften the skin, and gradually the pains lessened.

Although my doctor said that my DH & I could resume relations at six weeks, I wasn't ready, and it was another 2 or 3 weeks before we tried. It does take awhile for the vaginal opening to loosen up again after the repair work. Please don't try to rush yourself.

However, I do feel that the pains that you are describing are different than the ones that I remember having, and I think it would be a good idea for you to request an appointment with another doctor just to be sure that everything is healing correctly.

Please keep us posted. I hope that you'll feel better very soon.

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Unread 12-03-2003, 07:39 PM
posterior repair still hurting

Oh (((((Eladriel))))) I'm so sorry you're having a hard time right now Considering the issues you're dealing with, I can't believe your doctor told you to wait six months. Please, do call him... or try to get in to see another doctor, if that's possible, in order to address both the pain and the bleeding symptoms.

I had a stage 3 rectocele repaired at the same time as I had my hyst, almost 3 years ago. I remember, initially, being very uncomfortable from the repairs. The extreme discomforts lasted about 3 weeks. However, after that, it was just was a whole lots better. I didn't have any bleeding after the first few days. However, I did have discharge for 11 weeks after my hyst and it was due to some granulation and the repairs taking a little longer to heal.

I do have the odd bout of hemorrhoids, however, mine are not causing any bleeding. I believe that hemorrhoids that cause this much trouble should be attended to by a doctor, as they can be quite troublesome.

Regarding sex, in my case I was released for intercouse at three weeks and didn't experience any pain from it. Just increased discomfort that would last for a few hours, those first few times.

Where heavy lifting is concerned, most of us who had repairs as well as our hyst often find ourselves being told not to lift or strain and those restrictions tend to be permanent. Even now, 3 years later, I am very careful in this area and the only times I have strayed have been when I've been in a position where I couldn't avoid lifting my now almost 8 yo daughter.

Please, do take care and try and rest as much as you can until you can see a doctor who will take your complaints seriously. While I understand that it might be hard to describe the pains you're having, it doesn't mean that those pains can be discounted.

Sending lots of s your way. Please keep us posted.

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