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Unread 03-19-2004, 06:55 PM
Bladder, Bowel problems.

I have decided this is the best place on the site to ask these questions. I am new so don't know all the abbreviations. Is there a place on this site that lists them, I am lost on the abbreviations. My first problem for the last four years since the abdominal surgery, everything taken due to large fibroid, bleeding ovary cyst. The bladder problem I have had since the hysterectomy, at night, can't just go pee and just finished with it, I have to sit there, have spasms, like I still need to pee. My doc did not tack up the bladder. sometimes I just grit my teeth and say gotta get up. I drink lots of water during the day, and that helps alot. Since the water, it doesn't bother me as much but still does it a bit. The other problem (bare with me, but gonna say what happens) when I have a bowel movement, sometimes it kinda distends into my vagina area, sometimes have to use fingers in vagina to push it backwards so it can go out. Ok, I am seeing problems in the future if this keeps up, I never had this problem before the hysterectomy. Have any of you had this problem, and is it something to get seen about, or is it normal?
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Unread 03-19-2004, 07:38 PM
Bladder, Bowel problems.

Hi Doody, I'm not a dr. just taking a good guess you might have pelvic prolapse, rectocle or cystocele ect... I suggest you see a dr. now.I have total pelvic prolapse and have had some repairs, just recently had a bladder tack on 3-8. Don't put it off, you could get yourself in trouble ,meaning things could get worse. I would say it's a rectocele and needs to be looked at. yes you are in the right place, lots of us here have been there. Take care of yourself don't suffer, it's not worth it. The more you read these message boards the more normal you will feel. There is nothing you can't say here, you are among friends, so never feel ashamed. This is a safe place Be Well
Unread 03-19-2004, 08:33 PM
Bladder, Bowel problems.

Hi Judy, welcome to Hyster Sisters I'm so sorry you found us because you're having problems However, you'll see that this site is really a wonderful place filled with hugs, support and useful information.

To find a list of abbreviations, just Click Here

I can't help much with the bladder issues, other than suggesting that you mention this to your doctor. While it's great that increasing your water intake has brought relief, it's still not normal to feel this way.

Regarding the bowel issue, your problem sounds very familiar: I had my hyst to remove a very large fibroid and to repair a rectocele. A rectocele occurs when the rectum is prolapsing in the back of the vagina. While it is possible to deal with prolapses with non-surgical options, you really need to have a doctor attend to this problem. You are quite right that this could cause problem in the long run.

Sending lots of s your way and wishing you the best of luck. Please let us know how you're doing.
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Unread 03-19-2004, 08:56 PM
Bladder, Bowel problems.

I'm sorry your experiencing these problems The urinary issues you describe sound like the ones that I have also <sigh> I often have trouble getting the flow started....when I finally do, I often experience pain in the area of my bladder. When I think I'm finished, so start to get up, I have this uncontrollable leaking or dribble....

I was dx'd with a Vaginal Vault Prolapse several months ago but have yet to agree on treatment, I'm still weighing those options
Along with the above symptoms, I also have been getting some pretty nasty UTI's <sigh> Difficulty with BM's and a bulging in my Vagina <that part was quite startling..I thot for sure things were gonna start falling out Here are a few links to websites that contain some info on these issues...hopefully, they can be of some more help :

Pelvic organ Prolapse - health information about uterine and bladder Prolapse

Pelvic Organ Prolapse

Female Genital Prolapse

Symptoms of vaginal vault Prolapse include:
  • Pelvic heaviness.
  • Backache
  • A mass bulging into the vaginal canal or out of the vagina. The bulge may sometimes be so large that standing and walking are difficult
  • Urinary incontinence.
  • Vaginal bleeding

During surgery, the top of the vagina is attached to the lower abdominal wall, the lumbar spine, or the ligaments of the pelvis. Vaginal vault Prolapse is usually repaired through the vagina or an abdominal incision and may involve use of either your tissue or artificial mesh.
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Good Luck in finding some answers & relief to this
I do hope you will keep us posted on how things are going...(((hugs)))
Unread 03-20-2004, 11:32 AM
Bladder, Bowel problems.

Thanks everyone and Sheri, that was very informative, I read all the material on the links you provided, I am also going to let my hubby read it. I see I need to do the keegle exercises and see doctor. since mine is mild, my fear was the bowel tissue thinning and rupturing over time. Thanks alot for the advice, and see that I am not alone with this problem.(and to think, I was embarrased to post this), lol.
Unread 03-21-2004, 06:27 PM
Bladder, Bowel problems.

Dear Doody,

I'm so sorry that your having these problems! It's not fun (to put it mildly) and it's not something to you can easily talk to people about--but you can say anything here--what a relief!

I have the same thing that you described. I'm on a waiting list for seeing a pelvic reconstruction specialist (it may take from four to six months) and in the meantime, I'm going to see my doctor regularly. I'm hoping to be referred to a physiotherapist who does biofeedback therapy to help me do kegels properly. I don't want this thing to get "out of hand" while I wait. Sometimes my abdomen is very bloated and uncomfortable, and no amount of fibre and metamucil or exercise seems to get the bm. moving. It's as if my bowels have forgotten what they're supposed to do. It hurts to sit--feels like I'm sitting on a post (???). Laxatives help, but they're not meant for daily use. I've had a few good days in the last week and that gives me hope!

I hope things get better for you. Keep us posted on how you are doing.

TAH/BSO for endometrial cancer/ruptured bladder Dec/02
Unread 03-21-2004, 08:13 PM
Bladder, Bowel Problems


I'm sorry that you are haveing problems. and beleive me it's the pits. I had TVH 11-10-03 Cystocele, Uterine Prolapse, Rectocele and Vaginal Prolapse repair. Well I quess you could say everything fell. After my sugery my bladder didn't even work I had to retrain it to work and a lot of bladder spasms. Three night later when they sent me home I had to catherise my self to empty. If I do any kind of lifting or alot bending over my badder will swell up and pushes into the V and all most push out. My Dr. was going to tack it up but I wondering if he did. My bowels are terrable.....constipation. I drink a lot of juice, sprite, and water. Stool softner, prunes and when I try to go and I push to hard it pushes on my bladder. I'm 44 and I can't just sit around and twist my thumbs. Maybe it just takes time, I will see my GYN in april. Don't feel bad that you have to use your finger to help you have a bowel movement. I have to use my fingers and push on the outside of V or close to rectum so it won't bulge out. All most four months later when we try to have sexs it hurts real bad, I thing my V is shorter.
If you have anymore sugery please, PLEASE check around and ask allot of question, you only have one body.

God bless you and I hope you get better real soon, Carolyn Sue


TVH / Uterine prolapse repair, Rectocele, Cystocele, and Vagina Prolapse repair.
Unread 03-24-2004, 12:50 AM
Yes, that just happened to me

I am so glad that I read your post. This is my first time on Hyster Sisters - I just joined tonight because this just happened to me. I had my surgery two years ago. I have been having some leakage problems when I sneeze or laugh too hard, but I was thinking that maybe I just had to put up with it. But, tonight while I was in the bathroom, I felt something in my vagina and realized that it was something coming down in and I also pushed it back up. I assumed it was my bladder, but after reading some of the other postings I wasn't sure what it could have been - I don't know all the terminology. But, I was really scared and it is really bothering me.
Unread 03-27-2004, 06:25 AM


I hope your bladder didn't fall, but if it did you need to see a dr. I was reading on the internet about tacking up your bladder and it said if you have some leakage like yours it will stop it. But before I let another dr. touch me I'm going to do alot of research.

I'm scared too, and sometimes very angree. But I start thinking about others and I could be worst off. I just wish I could go back before everything fell and feel the same again. Most of the women that I know they feel great and I am glad that they do but deep down it makes me depress, I just wish I could too. Let me know how you are doing.


Carolyn Sue
Unread 03-27-2004, 06:37 AM
Bladder tack


How are you doing after the bladder tack and what procedure did your dr. do? Are you able to do what ever you like to do and how long were you off from work? Sorry about so many question but I just need some advise.

My dr. was going to fix my badder but I wonder if he tack it or what.


Thanks Carolyn Sue

TVH / Uterine prolapse repair, Rectocele, Cystocele, and Vagina Prolapse repair

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