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Unread 12-29-2004, 05:41 AM
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Sue, Can I ask you what pain relief you had immediatly after the op? Need to find some more stories from people in England!! I am quite near you, just North of Bristol!!

I am 4 weeks tomorrow (Dec 2nd)
I acn sit on the computer most of the day. If I am sat still I have no pain. Am not taking any painkillers now, just very occasionally ibuprofen (about 1 every 2 days)
Have driven a short distance with no problems
Tried to mop the floor, which gave me a lot of pain on my left side.
Incision isn't painful as the whole area is still numb!!
Still hurts to roll over in bed , get out of a chair, or bend to pick something up!!
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Unread 12-29-2004, 05:45 AM
doing fine

It was 4 weeks on Monday. I'm doing pretty well. I went back to work part-time on 12/20, from home. I haven't had any discharge... am waiting to see signs of the disolving stitches. I have a 6 inch bikini cut, with internal stitches. I noticed my abdomen was a bit more sore yesterday. The incision feels like a rope and is still pretty ugly. the belly is still a bit swollen and numb. I have more energy and have noticed great improvements in other areas I didn't know were related to the fibroids. I can actually sleep through a whole night without having to get up to pee once or twice, I don't have bachache anymore... so those things are a wonderful bonus!!

I hope everyone gets healthy soon and enjoys this new lease on life. Happy new year!!

Unread 12-29-2004, 05:51 AM
pain relief UK style

Hi Kate
Post op I had a PCA (morphine in hand held pump) I had asked for this when I saw the A man. I also have ME so feel pain more than most. It was great because I could get on with it myself, didn't have to weakly call out to the very busy nurses (ward full of old people, who needed much care). They took it away from me 24 hrs later, I wasn't ready so needed all sorts of things to keep the pain under control - IV paracetomol was good, declafenic, tramadol you name it. In the end i had a big injection of something which knocked me out for the night!! Sweet dreams!

Where were you done? I was in Weston General Hospital. There are lots of old people in this area and the ward I was on, planned care, was not staffed enough to deal with their care needs so those of us who had surgery were perhaps not getting the care we needed.

How did you manage over Christmas?

Hugs to you
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Unread 12-29-2004, 06:15 AM
Four Weekers are You Out There

my original post op appointment was 4 months after surgery!!but after my stitches popped they wanted to see me 3 weeks after, v strange that.nayway i am 5 weeks post op today and have been doing too much, i know this by the back pains ive been getting at night.anyway ive been packin up my ohs stuff so its been worth it.i still cant shave my legs yet either!!
ps its great to see another uk sister on here!!
Unread 12-29-2004, 06:34 AM
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Hi Candypops,
Can I ask you too what pain relief you had post op? Trying to get lots of stories from UK people, as can't really complain comparing to US people!!

Sue, I have Fibromyalgia and a muscle wasting disease, so while I get a lot of pain from these I feel that had given me a greater pain tolerence!! That's why I am thinking of complaining about the inadequate pain relief post op. I had my op at a small hospital and because I wasn't tolerating the morphine (they could only give me a 6 year old's dose) all they gave me was paracetamol!!! I had 12 hours of severe pain, whereas 6 years ago I had a c-section and once the spinal wore off I didn't have any pain relief at all.

My fiance did all the cooking over Christmas, I was determined not to compromise my recovery by doing anything!! How did you get on? Have you any children?
Happy New Year
Unread 12-29-2004, 06:34 AM
UK girlies

Good to see you on the site Candypops. There are a number of UK sisters around. They often come out of the woodwork!!

This site has helped me so much, many of the things we experience are different, however. So keep on contributing.

I found it quite entertaining to see the reaction of my specialist when I asked several questions prompted by this site. I knew exactly what was going on in his mind, 'oh no a reading/informed one with off beat questions.'!! Having said that he was a great surgeon and so reassuring post op when my bladder didn't kick in and I was recatherterised. You can stay another 48 hours he said, oh whoopee said I. Actually I was glad, home three days post op was tooearly.
Unread 12-29-2004, 06:42 AM
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Kate, sorry you had a poor experince. I think I only had the pump because I specifically asked for it and a friend of mine is an A person at the hospital and spoke to her colleague on my behalf. It's great having a mafia of professions in our church!!

Did you have paracetomol IV? Weston Hospital have cottoned onto it recently and are one of the biggest consumers in the UK.

Read Tanis's Castle Story, she was done at East London Hospital and had the nurse from 'h....' She couldn't be bothered to give her pain relief at night and 'overdosed' on the evening round so that she wouldn't bother her. I had a nursie who did the same, gave me two declafenic and a tramadol and I was away sleeping for England!! I didn't disturb her that night. Otherwise the nurses were lovely, caring ladies.
Unread 12-29-2004, 06:51 AM
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Hi Sue
No I had paracetamol suppository!! I did ask if I could have the op done with an epidural, but was not allowed!! I had a phobia of GAs (Had to have 4 ops a few years ago and was given the choice of GA or local, and chose local for them all) My biggest fear was waking up disorientated and in a lot of pain, which is exactly what I got. The same hospital does all the local breast ops and I have now found a lump, I am terrified in case I need an op on it!!

I am allergic to diclofenac and they didn't want to give me ibuprofen as I am asthmatic, which is probably why the morphine surpressed my breathing so much!!

I will have a look for Tanis's story, thanks for that!! Do you live very near Weston?
Unread 12-29-2004, 07:17 AM
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i ahd a pca pump for 24 hours after my op the they put me on paracetamol!!! and i was screaming in agony all day till they realised what theyd done!! i was they put on dyhdracodeine and voltoral, with the famous paracetamol!!i am now still on about 6 of each every day due to the set back when my stitches burst!!it scared me how they could, make such a bad mistake though.

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