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Unread 01-09-2005, 10:10 PM
Tender Tummy

It has been 4 years and I still struggle with tender tummy. I cannot even just brush up against the counter while washing dishes. I cannot lift very much weight. I have "ghost" cramps each month about the time I would have had my period. Sometimes they are so bad the only thing that will relieve them is the old heating pad and Aleve. I have undergone numerous tests and exams and visited several doctors and they can find nothing wrong. Has anyone else experienced this?
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Unread 01-09-2005, 10:32 PM
Tender Tummy

Oh man, that's no good. I'm so sorry you're putting up with this.

Did you keep your cervix and ovaries? Did you have endo?

Unread 01-10-2005, 12:12 AM
tender tummy

HI there "tender tummy",
I have been 9.5 months of post-op. & I still have a tender tummy & my husband has a hard time believing me that its "STILL tender"...he's generally a good guy , but he CAN be a JERK! his opinion is: how well he healed after his surgery on removing scare tissue on his shoulder - HOWEVER...lets not talk about him!!!! as the previous hyster/sister said perhaps you've got another situation that requires a physicians opinion...4 yrs. is a generous amount of time, but my sister had a hysterectomy 15 yrs. ago & she has said there are times when her incision line is bothersome........ Get another Dr's opinion....YOU ARE WORTH EVERYTHING....
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Unread 01-10-2005, 04:37 PM
Tender Tummy

Hi Bahbah,

I read Aleve in your post and that is a painkiller right? I am sure you have heard about the side effects of Vioxx and that the medication has been pulled off the shelves - a few days ago I also read something about Aleve - please make sure with your doctor it is safe? Just thought I would mention.

(TAH Dec 9/04 (uterus,cervix and one ovary gone)
Unread 01-11-2005, 04:40 PM
Tender Tummy

Yes I had endo, yes I had a completed hysterectomy. I have even gone back two times for ultrasound and they can find nothing wrong. My doctor is just wonderful and I have no reason to question him. He eagerly referred me to two other physicians for a second opinion. My primary care physician is also monitoring it and reviewed the findings of the 3 gynocologists. I have learned to make some adjustments in my posture (to stay away from letting my tummy touch anything. Tight fitting jeans are a thing of the past. I have the sackers at the grocery stor "trained" to give me more bags and lightly pack each.
Unread 01-11-2005, 09:08 PM
Tender Tummy

Oh (((((BAHBAH)))))) I'm so sorry that you're suffering, 4 years later

While I haven't had to deal with the same issues, my MIL, who had a radical mastectomy several years ago, have somewhat the same problem: the site of her surgery is very tender, even though her surgery was almost 7 years ago!!! Her doctor told her that it is all due to surface nerves.

I do not have any insight for you, but just wanted to let you know you are not along
Unread 01-12-2005, 10:28 PM
Danielle' Reply

Thanks for the insight. One doctor did say it was just surface nerves and might suddenly stop but that it would probably just be something I had to endure.
Unread 01-13-2005, 08:20 AM
Tender Tummy

I still have somewhat of a tender tummy over two years out from my hyst. I did have an open abdominal adhesions surgery a year and a half ago, though. I will tell you that after both of these surgerys I had a burning surface pain for months and months and it has only subsided within the last few. So, I guess you could say that I've improved over time but I'm also doing as much as I can to deal with my adhesions, e.g., exercise, stretches, etc. I don't know if the burning pain was just severed nerves that have begun to regenerate or if my combative efforts toward my adhesions have begun to pay off. Either way, I do know that the pain I feel now is much more tolerable and I don't cringe so much at the thought of brushing my tummy up against a counter as I used to. Also, for myself, I've decided that all that talk about it takes a good year to heal isn't necessarily true. I think for some of us, it takes longer than that and it's easy to get down and depressed if you get to the "magic healing point" and you don't feel better. Always check with your doctor if you feel new, more acute pains, though. Hugs . . .
Unread 01-13-2005, 09:03 PM
Tender Tummy

hi there,
i had my lavh 1 yr ago (jan 30) due to severe endo. and i know exactly what u are talking about, i keep seeing doc's and will keep going until someone cares enough to do something...i think you should do the same, see a doc asap.
luv and s
Unread 01-20-2005, 06:52 PM
Tender Tummy

I had my TAh/BSO 2 years ago and still have a tender tummy. I'm glad you mentioned the "ghost cramps", I have them too at the time when I used to have my period.
I've been to the dr several times and I've had CT SCANs and they find nothing. But above the incision gets really swollen from time to time and is very painful. I love all the drs in the group I go to, but I'm going to get a second opinion just to make sure they aren't missing anything.
I hope you get some relief soon!


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