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Unread 01-18-2001, 08:39 AM
1 week post-op tips needed

I had complete hysterectomy surgery (uterus and cervix)last Wednesday, and was released from hospital Saturday with Tylenol #2.

Tylenol caused severe gas pain, bloating, constipation, so I added Oval (for gas) and Soflax (stool softener) to the daily pill mix. Result - pain plus nausea.

I've decided to skip it all and go cold turkey. This is actually tolerable - except for very sharp stabbing pain when gas or bowel movement passes. Have others experienced this? What should my expectations be at 1 week post-op?

Thanks for your help. This is my first ever message board posting.

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Unread 01-18-2001, 09:07 AM
1 week post-op tips needed

Hi Catherine,

I'm 4 weeks post-op and the gas pains were the worst part of my early recovery. I finally got Gas-x and it REALLY helped. I'm eating raisin bran and drinking prune juice and lots of fluids to help with bowel movements. I've been constipated because my intestines are sluggish from surgery. The sharp pains you're feeling comes from pressure on your inside stitches and tenderness from surgery. This should improve quickly. The first week is definately the hardest....hang in there Catherine, each day will be a little better than the last. Remember to REST and drink LOTS of fluids.

Unread 01-18-2001, 09:37 AM
1 week post-op tips needed

Hi Catherine,

Welcome to HysterSisters!

Another thing to consider is that your intestines were moved around a lot in your surgery and are a little sore for awhile. They are also settling into a new position since your uterus is gone.

When your bowel habits are more normal, you'll feel lots better. In the meantime, lillee's advice about lot of water and plenty of rest (with feet UP) is highly recommended! Avoid prolonged sitting, as it puts too much pressure on all the stiches, increasing the soreness.

It takes about 6-8 weeks to get through early recovery, so cut yourself plenty of slack in the weeks to come. We're here for you anytime!

My very best to you...

[Edited by Music Lady Linda on 01-18-2001]
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Unread 01-18-2001, 10:05 AM
9 days post op

I'm not having gas and/or bowel pains, and I'm not sure why. Not complaining, you understand. I did the GoLytely bowel prep prior to surgery. I've been using cherry-flavored Gas-X as needed (tastes good) and taking a generic stool softener (3 first day, 2 next day, now 1 per day) each day. I drink lots of water and have been using a heating pad on my tummy. Oh, and Advil for pain control.

Maybe you just need to try other combos. Good luck . . .
Unread 01-18-2001, 10:05 AM
1 week post-op tips needed

My surgery was 2 weeks ago today and the first week was definitely the worst. I too had the same problems with bm's and found that if I took a really riveting magazine or book with me to the "library" that it helped to keep my mind off the intense discomfort I was going through at the time. My diet now includes bran muffins, lots of vegetables, and extra water intake which has completely eliminated the need for stool softeners. I really haven't had much problem with gas but when I did, walking around the house helped the most. Hang in there - it does get better!
Unread 01-18-2001, 10:47 AM
welcome to week 1 gas attack!

Everybody seems to have this situation at one time or another in early recvery, and everybody deals wit it differently.

I was terrified that my entire intestinal tract would just fall right out in the toilet!!! Back to 2 yr old toilet training fears!

Once I realized it would be ok, nothing was coming loose, or out, I relaxed about it. What works for you is best, of course.I found walking each time I ate anything was great.And sitting up in a chair after or during the meal fr a short time helped, too.

MOM tablets or liquid is effective and safe. Stay regular,even if you need help with softners of a gentle laxative( ask dd).

Heating pad helps everthing relax...and soon it will be normal again. Better in fact!!

Welcome to the board!

Unread 01-18-2001, 12:54 PM
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Hi Catherine,
Prior to surgery I was taking iron supplements which caused big time constipation! Senokot gave me relieve and made things....let's say....flow better! Doctor sent me home with Percocet for pain. I just assumed from reading posts that I would need assistance with them also, the Senokot has worked just fine. Had some GasX on hand too just in case. I had one bad day it came in handy, maybe something I ate? Or, that was when I decided to eat smaller portions only more often! Things are feeling really good this week!
Speedy recovery!

Unread 01-18-2001, 07:39 PM
1 week post-op tips needed

Catherine, I'm 5 weeks post-op today and I've been dealing with constipation since long before. Since my surgery, the fact that I was on iron pills until this past Tuesday, because of extensive blood loss before and during surgery, didn't help much in that department.

I've found that the best approach for me was to add fibre to my diet. I opted for raisin bran, prunes and prune juice since all of these are also high in iron, which I needed and, I guess, still need. My mom also said that heating the prune juice and prunes helps a bit. I've also had AP repair for rectocele, and didn't want to strain, especially in the early days of recovery. Didn't want to undo all of that handywork, don't you know. I found that drinking lots of water and walking until the urge was... hmm... imminent prevented straining and made the whole process a lot more pleasant.

BTW, at this point in your recovery you should still be resting most of the time, while walking as much as you can. And, most of all, you should let yourself be a pampered little punctured

Hugs and best of recovery for you,
Unread 01-27-2001, 09:55 AM
Thank you for sharing

Well, I am thrilled to report, at 2.5 weeks post-op, I am feeling terrific. The first week was definately the hardest part, thank you all for helping me tough it out. The gas and bowel thing is now a tolerable inconvenience rather than the center of the universe. I am still resting with my feet up as much as I can, but I'm getting around, eating, reading ang generally functioning like a human being. I even did a leisurly and slow stroll through the mall yesterday with my Mom. I don't think I've ever had the time to do that. What a treat! I'm forcing myself to take it easy, since the thought of corrective surgery terrifies me. But, every day is getting better. Best wishes to all for a collective speedy recovery and thank you so much for your support.


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