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I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

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Unread 01-04-2004, 08:28 PM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

This is a weird observation on my part and I don't know if anyone can answer or help me with this question but here goes-
A couple of weeks ago I thought I had a rectocele because I could see a bulge at the opening of my vagina. I went to my gyn who looked and said that everything looked fine to him. While he was doing the standing exam on me I asked him if he didn't feel or see the bulge. He told me that we are all made differently and cut me off. I came home feeling very stupid. I thought maybe I was still swollen and that this extra tissue would eventually go away. Well it is still there. I can push it back inside of me but when I let go it comes forward again. It is bumpy and rough and feels like excess tissue. The rest of the inside of my vagina feels smooth. What could this be? Does anyone else have this?
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Unread 01-05-2004, 01:13 AM
go back or change specialists

Failure number one, - not listening
Failure number two, - not checking thoroughly
" " three - ignoring your knowledge of your body

Sorry, but that sort of offhand dx is just not acceptable, we have put our life in their hands and we deserve better care!

Just my opinion of course, and of course you could always see a colon expect - whatever they are called!

Be pro active and don't accept excuses that do not reassure you or sort out your concern. Hugs and encouragement, Linda
Unread 01-05-2004, 06:24 AM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

I agree with Linda. Don't feel stupid because your doctor did not do his job of reassuring you fully. YES ... that is part of his job!!!!

Now its up to you decide if you want to clear the air with this doctor or find a new one. That's something only you can decide. If he's normally great and was just having an "off" day then perhaps you can phone him and let him know this is still a concern for you. Otherwise, I'd find another doctor if I were treated as you were.

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Unread 01-05-2004, 08:19 AM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

Thanks, for your responses. I am debating on at least getting another opinion. I don't think that I have a rectocele now, but something doesn't feel "right". I was just wondering if anyone else has noticed any unusual differences like the one I have described. I know that things are different inside now, but is there somewhere that describes what the vaginal area should feel or look like now. Because of my experience I have not contacted my gyn's office since, however, I now have a roaring yeast infection so I will be calling there today for a prescription. Anyway, if anyone can help me out here it would be appreciated.
Unread 01-05-2004, 10:13 AM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

Have you tried pelvicfloor.com? I don't know if the exact info you seek is out there , but it might be worth a try. Warning, there are graphic images on this site.

You might also type in rectocele to webmd.com and see if any info comes up that would be helpful to you.

I still really think a doctor should help you with this one. Frankly speaking, I'll bet that postsurgically is not the first time you looked at or felt your vagina. You know your body. Don't be ashamed to press that point. If your doc had a knot on his penis I'm sure he'd discover it within hours of it appearing. Now, I would NOT say that to him. But, you get my point.

My opinion is that if you can not talk openly to your doctor, then he's not the right doctor for you.

Hey, I have an idea for today: If you have a good relationship with his nurse, then bring it up to her when you phone in the yeast issue. Maybe she can get it addressed for you. Sometimes they are good with running interference. My sister is a nurse and she will corner doctors all the time to get her patients quality care.

I want you to do what's best for you... you will know that best.

Unread 01-05-2004, 09:28 PM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

It's so interesting that I found your post on this tonight...I just re-registered - it's been a little over three years since my surgery, and I have never felt "structurally" quite the same. First of all, I wish I would have kept my cervix, although the doctor assured me it wouldn't make any difference. Anyway...I've had some pain during intimacy on the front vaginal wall ever since, but about a week ago I noticed an area at the vaginal opening that sounds like what you're describing. I have been having severe cramps since then, and taking pain meds, and have a doctor's appointment scheduled next week. I too think you shouldn't let your doctor give you the brush off, and should think about getting another opinion. Please share what you find out. I am going to look at the suggested web sites.
Unread 01-06-2004, 10:19 PM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

I think I might have a cystocele because instead of the bulge being on the rectum side it is on the bladder side (my bad). When I told my doctor that I thought I had a rectocele and he checked for that I can't imagine that it is possible that he would not have recognized a cystocele instead, but still from what you ladies have told me and from reading the info on cystocele's it sure seems like that could be the problem. Tomorrow I am going to make an appointment for another opinion. I know this sounds stupid but would my urologist be a good one to call? Do they do cystocele repairs? I would prefer to go to an established doctor to avoid the new patient thing all over again.
Unread 01-06-2004, 10:29 PM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

I would definitely talk to your urologist. I am scheudled for a LAVH BSO with rectocele repair and cytocele repair on 1/29/04. My GYN is doing the rectocele repair and LAVH BSO but my urogolist is the one who will be doing the bladder repair by putting my bladder in a sling. Good luck. . .
Unread 01-07-2004, 06:50 AM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

I am still not letting your GYN off the hook. Even if you said rectocele, he should have checked for cystocele as well. Goes back to not being thorough in his exam, IMO. A doctor should not only look "EXACTLY" where we tell him/her too. Maybe he was just having an off day/was rushed for some other reason.

I think seeing the URO is a great idea! Make sure he/she communicates back to your GYN about his/her findings. At least, I think its best to keep everyone fully informed.

I think you are handling all of this well!! Take care of you!

Unread 01-07-2004, 10:52 AM
I don't feel like I am structurally the same since surgery

I know your frustration so well!!I also have the bulge you are talking about and it was not there before my surgery and I think it is getting worse all the time and it causes me so much pain!My gyno.says I look normal to him but if it's not like it was before surgery it can't be normal and I did not have pain in that area before surgery and after sex I'm really irritated at the urethra area.My gyno.and uro.gyno both say I have a small rectocele and cystocele but not severe enough to do surgery.My uro-gyno.says surgery would cause more scar tissue,pain with sex,and muscle problems,so I feel I'm just stuck here.I know for a FACT that every thing has dropped since surgery and I really wish I had never had the surgery.I can't change that though so I must press forward.I'm like you,I just want to get on with my life.This surgery has caused me more problems than I could ever have imagined.I did not have a prolapse problem before hysterectomy and I liked my own hormones much better and that's a road of it's own!! I really don't think gynocologists are totally honest with us before this surgery or there would be a lot less surgeries. Do I get an a-men to that!!? But hang in there girl. There has to be light at the end of the tunnel. The patience part is hard I know and dealing with Drs. who seem to think we don't know what we are talking about.Well I for one KNOW what my body looked like and felt like before and what it's like now and NO,I WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS EVERY THING IS NORMAL STUFF WHEN I KNOW IT IS NOT!!!SORRY BUT I'M IN A SHOUTING MOOD I know how you feel. You are in my prayers.


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