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Unread 06-19-2004, 11:10 PM
Nerve Damage From My Surgery

My name is Sheri and I am now two weeks post-op. When I came out of surgery on the 4th and my anesthesia wore off I had this horrible tail bone and pelvic pain. I swore that I had been dropped! Or at least that's what it felt like. Anyway, the docs had a very hard time giving me the correct pain meds, because everything they gave me didn't work at all for the pain and just made me throw up. I spent the time in the Castle doing a lot of crying and trying to keep very still which seemed to be the only thing that would ease the pain. Then they decided to give me some heavy duty anti-inflamatory drug and I asked for the hottest towel they could give me to put on my bottom. This was the only thing that brought any relief. Then, the next day it seemed to just have gone away! So, I was released from the Castle and sent home. Well, four days later this pain comes back with a vengeance! I have been having pain that shoots from my rectum area, across the left cheek of my buttocks and down my leg. This pain varies from an intense burning sensation to a electrical shock stabbing pain that just sends me through the roof! My doc said that it is due to my positioning, but I don't think that this is the case. The pain is felt deep in the tissue and it is also effecting my ability to have a BM normally. I have had to use fiber, stool softeners with every meal, and use Milk of Mag on top off all that. I have also had to use an enema. I can feel that I have to go, but when it comes to pushing it is not easily forth coming without some serious help. I have been back and forth from the Castle since and with the help from this site I have asked my doc about a possble Pudendal Nerve Entrapement. He had never heard of it before and so I sent him to the link that I got from this site. He has now been convinced that there is indeed nerve damage and I went into the OR again this Friday just past and he did a nerve block and injected steroids into the nerve. It has helped some and I have also been given Neurontin for the pain. He wants to go back in and do this nerve block again a couple more times, but I am concerned. First of all he has no experience with this particular problem and neither do any of the other OB GYN's or Neurologists, even at the local medical college here. Secondly, when he went in this first time he went in through the vagina to get to the nerve because that was the only way he knew how. The risk to this is that I have had a A/P repair and LTVH just 2 weeks ago and he had to put alot of pressure on the vaginl wall to get the needle into the nerve. I was told that at any time during these proceedures that my repair work and vaginal cuff could get damaged and that I would have to have it fixed. Anyway, enough rambling, I was just wondering if anyone has had this experience and could give me some advice because he wants to do this again next week. I also wanted to know about how much longer am I looking at before this nerve damage heals and when I will be able to poop normally?? I heard that nerve damage can take up to a year to heal?? Or could I have a different complication with my bowels?
Thanks for reading this drawn out letter. Sincerely, Sheri T.
LTVH,A/P Repair, Bladder Sling from pelvic floor prolapse
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Unread 06-19-2004, 11:31 PM
Nerve Damage From My Surgery

Hi Sheri

It sounds like you are having a very painful situation. I don't have any experience with this, but wanted to offer ((hugs)) for you.

If you go under "Resources" at the top of the page and put in nerve damage for a search at the bottom of page you will come up with 3 sections of info on this.

I hope this helps.

I am sorry you are having this and hope you can resolve it as soon as possible.

Unread 06-20-2004, 10:09 AM
Nerve Damage From My Surgery

I have pain where my right leg connects and still have numbness, but nothing like you are experiencing. I could only BM when I used laxatives for the first 4 weeks. I just couldn't push anything out. It ended up straining my muscles. I had a cat scan done and found out I had a bowel impaction. My gyn. sent me to a gastro. Dr. I cleaned out using a fleet phos. laxative, then was put on Miralax, Metamucil and colace twice a day. Things are much better now, but I know how painful it was. I am to have a colonoscopy in a couple months and to continue the laxatives until then.My gyn. thinks this problem was due to the high amount of iron I was on for severe anemia. The iron has been discontinued and things are better.
I don't know anything about your leg pain, but I sure hope it gets better. I don't know if I was you,if I would let that Dr. go in there again,especially since he had never heard of that condition before. See if your Dr. can prescribe you some Miralax. It is a gentle laxative and seems to work good. I take it 2x a day.
I wish you lots of luck and send you my prayers.
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Unread 06-20-2004, 11:48 AM
Nerve Damage From My Surgery

I would want to find a specialist who knows what is going on. I REALLY feel for you. I would ask the Dr if he has consulted with any other Drs on how to proceed. I would express concerns about being a guinepig [msp?]! How do you know if the shots are really helping or just prolonging the problem? I'm sorry if I sound like an alarmist but the Mommy in me wants to help you by asking more questions?

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