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Unread 02-08-2004, 04:45 PM
Hematoma recovery

I had TAH 8-12-03. Two weeks later I developed a softball size hematoma, which sent me back to the hospital twice. I finally returned to work after two months, but have been in pain, tired and depressed ever since. I'm still having an "electrical burn" or "pinching" pain, mostly in the evenings, where the hematoma was. Percocet seems to be the only med that relieves the pain, however, my doctor wants to get me off of that, and keeps trying things which don't work in the least bit. I have an appt. to go back to my surgeon in two weeks. Any suggestions?
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Unread 02-09-2004, 08:00 AM
Hematoma recovery

Dear Mpassa,
I haven't had an ongoing hematoma... although I did have a placenta abruption which caused a grapefruit sized internal clot and that was very painful.

I do know something about ongoing pain though... and one thing I know can make pain "feel" worse is depression and fatigue. Have you mentioned to your doctor about your feelings? I would encourage you to do so as perhaps he may want to try something like elavil to help you sleep and maybe lift you out of the depression. It will not make the pain go away but it may make it easier to cope and it may lessen the painful feelings. I used Elavil for several months to help me sleep... 10mg at bed time. It worked very well and had the added benefit of reducing some of the pain amplification that can occur in the nervous system when you have constant pain. I still had pain but I was able to cope better with it when I had better sleep. It can take several weeks to help with pain but should help right away with sleep.

I hope the surgeon is able to help you. Keep us posted.

Sarah
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Unread 02-09-2004, 08:17 AM
Hematoma recovery

Mpassa,

I had a huge hematoma after my surgery. The pain of a hematoma is often caused by inflamation as the blood is re-absorbed. Has your doc tried non-steroidal anti-inflamatory agents? To work on this kind of pain, they need to be taken around the clock for a couple weeks rather than just when you get pain. Sometimes a combination of medications works best - as ((Sarah)) said Elavil to work on the depression and pain medication, plus something else.

I had to try a few - ibuprofen was useless, and some of the other prescription kind didn't work well for me. Interestingly plain old aspirin worked best for me.

It is important to get the doctor to figure out if the pain is from the hematoma or whether something else is going on - to be treated effectively, you need to try to find out why you are still in pain.

Dorrie
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