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Unread 01-11-2005, 07:16 PM
Bad back pain and pain on the left side

I am in my 4th week post-op tvh. Bleeding stopped last week, but the back pain has increased. Dr. wants me to take Mortrin and take 2 more weeks rest before returning to work.
I cannot sit up for too long and have pain down my thighs (especially left side) and left side of stomach. Does anyone of you experience this? Is this normal? Saw the Dr. yesterday.

TVH on 12/17/04
Kept Ovaries

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Unread 01-11-2005, 08:05 PM
Bad back pain and pain on the left side

Hi Soekanthi!

I don't know if I would consider this "normal," but I have seen others' posts about problems similar to this, so you are not alone.

Has your offered possible explanation ? If s/he has extended your time off, GOOD -- and perhaps s/he is hopeful that it will resolve with some rest and Motrin.

Take it easy on yourself, sweetie -- this could be something that can exacerbate at a little extra exertion which could bring you back to square one in its healing.

Sending big, warm s,
Unread 01-12-2005, 07:22 AM
Bad back pain and pain on the left side

I too have been having pain in my left side and my left pelvic area and in the lower middle of my back ..Had a cat scan and they found NOTHING>...was told by TWO doctors it is muscular and to take muscle relaxors....I just read numerous post on the same thing so I guess it is common but it does drive ME CRAZZY.. and I was told the feeling in my legs was due to nerve damage during surgry and it would resolve on its own.....
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Unread 01-12-2005, 07:52 AM
Bad back pain and pain on the left side

I had a TVH on 12/17 and have been back to work since 1/3. I have had back pain ever since. He said it was from the re-anchoring of the ligaments that were attached to my uterus...It has gotten much better...I take motrin at night. Could your pain on your left side be from ovulation. Maybe your body is trying to get back into the groove of everything and you are still swollenm inside and that swelling is pushing on your ovaries and making them angry....My Dr. told me this could be a possibility for a couple months for me...
Unread 01-12-2005, 07:11 PM
Bad back pain and pain on the left side

I know for myself I have no ovaries as one was taken out in the first surgery and the other in aug.BUT the ligaments "anchoring" makes sence to far this is the best i have heard...THANKS
Unread 01-18-2005, 12:45 AM

I had my 4 wk checkup today. When I was released from the hospital following a TAH/BSO I had incredible, burning, pulling pain on my right side from my incision down to my labia/groin/leg area. The area was numb but painful at the same time! I lived on ibuprofen and narcotics. My Christmas weekend was spent with a large ice pack between my legs!!

I talked to my doc today and he said the same thing as the other poster. He had to reattach the ligaments that were previously attached to the uterus. He said that there is a nerve that runs through those ligaments, down to the vagina and then down the leg. It was shoved around a bit and is now protesting! He said it can take up to 4 months for the feeling to subside. I felt soooo much better after talking to him because your mind tends to think the worst. There aren't a lot of sisters here with the same problem either.

So, anyway, I hope this helps (but be sure to talk to your own doctor)! Best wishes.
Unread 01-18-2005, 08:31 AM
Bad back pain and pain on the left side

Please don't ignore your back pain if it doesn't improve and keep your dr informed all the time, especially as it sounds like it maybe a form of sciatica too with the pain going into your legs.
I don't doubt or dispute the removals/upheavals etc done in surgery has some bearings on pelvic pain, but the back pain may be due to other reasons.
I am just over a year post op and my back pain was significant from day one of surgery. It got worse and worse aswell as the accompanying sciatica. I have tried endless things to relieve it, some recommended by my gp but it just gets no better. I have been on "no lifting, carrying, twisting and if it starts to hurt, stop whatever you are doing" restrictions since then too. Cutting to the chase, tomorrow I get the results of my mri scan as my neurosurgeon suspects a prolapsed disc as the cause. I had no problems before surgery with my back but the affects are far reaching. I've not returned to work because of it (albeit a trial re-hab programme enforced back in september which was a disaster.) and pending scan results, may be medically retired from work. Even the most simple of household chores can be a mammoth task, let alone working! Possible treatments mentioned by my dr's include surgery on my back. Need I say more??
Just be careful ..... and mindful! I sincerely hope your back pain and leg pains are not for the same reasons as me and clear up fast.

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