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  #11  
Unread 10-18-2004, 11:35 PM
another prolapse surgery

once you have healed i would highly recommend asking your dr for a referral to a physical therapist to help get the strength back in your pelvic muscles. ..its very important that women have strong pelvic floor muscles to help with prolapse issues. the more surgery/trauma/stress that is caused to those muscles the harder it is, if not possible, for you on your own to strengthen those muscles....i'm speaking from experience.
stay well
diana
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  #12  
Unread 10-25-2004, 06:00 PM
another prolapse surgery

Thank you Diana,

I have been going these issues with my doc. The what ifs? I understand that this may not hold either. It is just so frustrating. Now I have to go see a GI doc cuz I had a CT and it showed I have Diverticuli which is causing a lot of my pain. So I need a colonoscopy done before they will do another surgery which is understandable. I just feel like what else is going to go on. I dont understand why I cannot just feel better and go on with my life. But there is always a reason for everything. Anyways they are going to find out as much as possible between the testing I am about to have to determine what the best procedure will be for me whether it be surgical or non surgical. Anyways thanks for all the replies. It helps me in so many ways. Hugs to you all.
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Unread 11-02-2004, 04:32 PM
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Hello ladies, it has been a long time since I have posted. I had my TAH a year ago May. At the time of my surgery, I didn't have any prolapse problems, but today, I came to this site in hopes to find some answers, and after reading your posts here, I am wondering if it might be the problem that I am experiencing. My question is, how did you know that you had this problem? I have had "potty problems" since my surgery. For the most part, my healing process went rather well. I did however experience severe pain for quite some time while having a BM after my surgery. This pain finally went away after several weeks and I didn't think much about it. I have had a feeling of pressure in the area between my vagina and rectum since my surgery though, although it is not painful, and not always a strong feeling. Lately, however, it seems that I am having what I think are hemerroids that bleed after a BM. I have tried adding extra fiber to my diet, and I am not constipated at all. I have also noticed that it feels like I am tearing (like a paper cut) in the lower part of the opening of my vagina, which is also bleeding. This is all really weird to me and I don't know what to think of it. I have never had hemerroids, even when I was pregnant, so I have no idea if that is what I am experiencing. I know that I should go to the dr., but I just thought maybe someone here would be able to share their experience with me. Thank you ladies for your help.

Val
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  #14  
Unread 11-03-2004, 05:33 PM
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Val,

You definately need to go to the doctor, or at least call. this does not sound normal to me. The feeling of something tearing sounds painful and if you are bleeding. That was one of the first questions they asked me. My prolapse was very obvious. My bladder is at the opening of my vagina and when I have a bm I am engorged like a grapefruit and the stool pushes towards my vagina and rectum. Let me know what you find out and good luck to you.
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Unread 11-03-2004, 11:14 PM
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Thanks Carol, for your reply. I am definately planning on a visit to my gyn. I keep hoping that this is going to clear up on it's own, but after so many months of it, I think that all hope of that is lost. It is a little scary not knowing what the problem is... I appreciate your help. Thanks!

Val
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Unread 11-06-2004, 04:44 PM
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Hi, Been searching on here for someone who has had problems with prolapsing uterus. Sounds like you have had several problems. I was just told last week that my cervix is prolapsed. Sounded scary. Been trying to find info about it. "Ask Jeeves" sent me to this site. If you have in advice or info. it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. D
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Unread 11-08-2004, 10:22 AM
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Carol,
I am facing 1st surgery VTH and rectocele...also have bulging disc at L4/L5 and it is pushing on the sciatic nerve. Never had this problem until this summer when I prolapsed. Do you know if they are related? Anyway, pain specialist injected the sciatic nerve root and the nerve at the L1 with an epidural steroid about 5 1/2 weeks ago...helped with pain, but now wearing off...what have you done to get your back pain under control? Anyone else???
Bless You
  #18  
Unread 11-09-2004, 01:48 PM
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Bless You,

I can't help with the prolapse problem, but I can help with the L4/L5 disk bulge. My disk was herniated and I went through pain management (wonderful doc) who would give me epidural steroid injections every few months, but they would wear off and the problem got worse. I also went through 3 months of 3 times per week physical therapy, but it did no good at all. The sciatic nerve damage was so severe that I literally dragged my left leg -- couldn't walk correctly -- and lying down or sitting was horrific (I was best standing but you just can't stand all the time!).

Anyway, my orthopedic doc wanted to do back surgery but everything I read about it scared me, particularly the long hospital stay and recovery time and the huge incision. I did a little research and found that neurosurgeons were doing microsurgical diskectomies. I went back to my ortho guy and asked him to recommend a neurosurgeon to do the surgery. He did (reluctantly) and I met with the nuero and a few weeks later had the surgery. The diskectomy was done as day surgery, I was able to get out of bed in recovery without assistance and walk without a limp. The incision was less about an inch and a half long and closed with superglue. We went home that day before 3 PM and I never, ever had any pain again.

That was almost 8 years ago and I haven't had any problems since. I would definitely recommend that you visit with a neurosurgeon rather than an ortho. It was the best decision I ever made.

Good luck,

Chris
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Unread 11-10-2004, 08:59 PM
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Chris,
Thanks for the suggestions re: sciatica...I see a ortho next week and i will bring up what you said if he recs surgery and ask for a referral to a neuro...
Bless you
  #20  
Unread 11-14-2004, 06:19 PM
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Bless You,

Sorry I took so long to respond! I have not checked my email for a week. I had some more tests to go through and now just waiting for my surgery date. I definately need another. I am with a totally new set of docs and feel very comfortable with them. My abdominal scars nerves are not growing back right so they are cutting my old scar out and giving me a new one. So my surgery consists of a cystocele repair with incontinence repair to help prevent me from having it after surgery and also they have to repair support the sides of my vaginal wall. This is bulging in also. We all decided not to do the rectocele again. It is not that bad and with me being young going through these problems they want to only do the least. I can deal with taking stool softeners so I dont bulge in that area. Anyways good question you had about the back contributing to the prolapse. I asked my back doc and he said they are 2 different things but definatley can contribute to the pain being more severe. As far as my pain management I am on Lortab, Robaxin - muscle relaxers, and valium for muscle spasms. It works for the most part. I did have steroid injections in my upper thighs I developed birsitis from walking funny from my back pain. it helped for a while but is back. I have also had novacaine injections in my back and no luck with that. So I am hanging in there until after my surgery to see how much it helps with my back pain. I know it will help some because of the prolapse pulling so much on the body. I will keep in touch and you all do the same. God bless all of you and I hope for nothing but good health in the future.
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