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Unread 11-18-2004, 02:35 PM
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well just got a copy of my O.R. report finally and it doesn't say much except I had known IC and chronic pelvic pain (yeah right the only thing chronic about it is they haven't fixed it!) and that when they did the distension evidence of IC was noted and that there were ulcers on the left back wall which were fulgurated....and that my capacity was small and there were vascular changes noted in my bladder (which means what??)

if anyone can shine some light here for me let me know, I wonder if the vascular changes mean varicosities? I had those on my ovaries I wonder if you can get them in your bladder......I"m frustrated I thought I would know more when I read this then his "you have ALOT of IC and alot of ulcers" I got post op.....guess I wait until the 13th but it seems a long way off
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Unread 11-18-2004, 06:13 PM
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Sorry about the bad news from op report. Vascular changes can be either too much (varicose) or not enough systemic blood getting to your bladder, so I am not sure. Sorry I didn't have any insight to this.
Unread 11-19-2004, 05:04 AM
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Try and not read too much into the report. I once read one of my post op reports and everything in it sounded so bad, but after the doc explained everything to me, it wasn't that bad afterall.

I don't know anything about the ulcers. As for the chronic pelvic pain, unfortunately I don't think there is a cure. It is something that usually needs to be managed, ie: pain management.

Big s sweetie.
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Unread 11-19-2004, 09:31 AM
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thanks for the replies girls....I guess I"ll feel better after I talk to the uro on the 13th and may pop into the GP before then, ever since the op and since I started to lose all this weight my ribs have been aching like mad and it's just getting worse particularly on my left side last night it was almost unbearable so I need to as about that as well.......never had this before!

I know that my ovaries and my uterus had what they called "tortueous" looking veins that were all twisted and had varicosities so maybe that's what my bladder has too I'm not sure, I was surprised to see that he said I have chronic pelvic pain on my OR report because to me, the only thing chronic is that they haven't fixed it, I always feel like they're labeling me with something I don't have like a "pain syndrome" when there are very real causes for my pain first of all it was theendo, then the adhesions and my incision and now it's the IC.....I guess it's knee jerk with me I feel like they're saying there's nothing wrong.....but I know that my old gyn was big on saying I had chronic pain as a "catch all" to get rid of me, maybe the uro doesn't mean it that way???? I feel sorta labeled now
Unread 11-19-2004, 11:15 AM
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Don't let the report get you down. "Chronic pain" is simply a term for significant pain that's been troubling you for a long time. That's all it really means. The fact that some doctors have followed that up with "so run along and don't bother me any more" is a separate thing, having to do with the quality of medical care you've been getting from some people.

Chronic pain is still chronic pain, no matter why it's there and calling it that is not a comment on you personally. Even a "chronic complaint" is just a term for a condition you've had for a long time, like a chronic cough.

I hope as you recover from this surgery at least some of yours fades. You deserve a break.
Unread 11-19-2004, 11:22 AM
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thanks for putting it that way for me.....it's true I've developed a knee jerk reaction to the term since my gyn's were like that....thank-you for making me see it another way

my pain is super bad right now but I think it's just from overdoing all week long at work.....rest will help this weekend I"m sure!
Unread 11-19-2004, 03:53 PM
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Please try and get some rest and relaxation this weekend. I sure hope it makes you feel better!
Unread 11-19-2004, 04:28 PM
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to make matters worse I asked to go home and was told no and why was I still in pain? And THEN my boss came out and said she'd looked up what I had done and that I shouldn't be in pain anymore......I'm so offended I don't know what to do unbelievable
Unread 11-19-2004, 04:52 PM
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I am so sorry that your boss was so rude... My heart goes out to you. I know first hand how hard it is to have a boss like that. I have wanted so many times to tell my own where to go. They just don't understand. Please try to get some rest this weekend and take care of yourself.

Unread 11-22-2004, 12:22 PM
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well I did go and see my GP on Fri after I left work and he was applled that anyone would question his orders.....and told me to tell work it was "none of their business" and I said that wouldn't go over well.....he also said there was a reason that I wasn't going back to the specialist for 6wks and that was because it takes that long or longer to heal, everyone is different! He then suggested I shorten my workday to 1/2 days I said "they won't like that" and he said too bad......anyways after much ado I"ve agreed to work full days today and tomorrow and see how I do and if I"m no better I"m to call him and he will provide a note for 1/2 days until I feel better.....but it will cause a huge fuss here at work and I don't want to go through that if I can help it!

I asked about my ribs being so sore (which I thought was from losing weight for some reason) and he says I have pulled a joint in my rib or something like that, and it could've happened in the OR or even in my sleep he says it's very common and will go into place on it's own over the next couple weeks.....weird huh?

so I told my boss this morning that my doc said she must've looked up the wrong thing cause this could take 6wks or more to heal from and she said "then why did you come back"....grr there is no winning I tell you so I informed her that I came back because I was trying stay home for the worst of it and then hoped to be able to cope but that he has suggested a reduced schedule which I hoped to not have to do and she said "oh" and walked away.....I still have no idea what she looked up on the internet!!

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