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Unread 07-06-2004, 02:36 PM
3 wks post op and spotting

i'm just wondering if this spotting is normal. there seems to actually be more in the past week and a half than there had been before.

my doctor is out of town this week, so any input from the sisters would be greatly appreciated.

it has been pinkish but seems a bit more brownish red and heavier today. sorry to be so indelicate with the details.

having some right side pains again, too. had them in week 1.

a little nervous,
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Unread 07-06-2004, 02:49 PM
3 wks post op and spotting

Hi Mish
I've had a little bit of brownish spotting this week, but nothing before this, so I'm assuming it's just stuff healing and the stitches dissolving.

Unread 07-06-2004, 03:19 PM
3 wks post op and spotting

Even though your doctor is out of town, there should be someone taking over for him. I'd call just to be on the safe side.

However, I had similar spotting about that time frame. I called my gyno, and she said it was just part of the healing process. She said to let her know if the spotting became heavy, or cramping became severe.

You may have overdone it in the past few days. Whenever I overdo it, or use muscles that haven't been used, I get side pain. But it is not continual.

You can call your dr. if you are concerned. Also keep track of the amount, and color.
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Unread 07-06-2004, 03:22 PM
3 wks post op and spotting

Hey there Mish,

At 11 days post op I had a sneezing fit and popped loose a dissolving vaginal stitch that was probably about to let go anyway. I started draining a rusty brown stuff and called the doc. It turned out that I was draining a hematoma, and my drainage lasted almost 2 weeks. Here's what he told me to look for:

Fever - means infection, so monitor your temperature.
Pain - I didn't have any other than my "normal" aches and pains of mid-recovery time. But I was to contact him right away if the Advil I was taking for post-op pain didn't deal with any discomfort associated with this drainage.
Heavy bleeding - Mine was never more than a maxi pad every 4 hours, and eventually tapered off to a few pantiliners a day before it just magically quit.
Bright Red color - A hematoma is old blood, it should not be bright red for any length of time - might have been red/pink at first but then remains rusty brown-ish after that. Think of it as a bruise - that's not fresh blood either.

If you have fever, significant pain, heavy bleeding or bright red blood, do seek treatment right away at urgent care or your doc's on-call physician who is handling his cases while he's out of town.

Otherwise, just keep track of it, rest as much as possible, and report it to your doc the next time you're in contact with him.

Also, my drainage started to smell pretty awful after a few days - doc said that's because we're accustomed to the odor of menstrual blood and that's not what this is. Using baby wet wipes to clean up when you go to the bathroom can help keep the smell down.

Hope you feel better soon!
Unread 07-06-2004, 04:24 PM
thank you all

thank you all so much.

i DID have a sneezing fit last night and walked the dog today.

my doctor's office just returned my call as i was typing this.

my doctor's nurse asked another doctor in the office about it. she advised pretty much what Sanguiness did about things to watch for.

feeling much relieved.

you ladies are the best.

thanks again.

back to the couch for me.

Unread 07-06-2004, 08:42 PM
Hi missmish

I red spotted for over 7 weeks and now thankfully it's slowed and is a brownish colour. TVH 8 weeks ago tomorrow.

I went to the gyny who checked me at 6 weeks and said alot of women take longer to heal. Darn! She said I'm healing well.

As long as the blood doesn't get heavier or smell offensive and your doctor knows about it, it's ok.

I've read a lot of women complaining about pain in the right side. Mine comes and goes.

My gyny said the right side was actually the bowels and probably bowel pain, I'm not sure about that though.

Happy healing and take it easy for a while, you're a princess now.

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